Today, Akshaya Tritiya, one of the most auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar, is being celebrated Hindus and Jains across the globe. Also known as Akha Teej, the festival falls on the third lunar day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month, which is today, April 18. The word ‘Akshaya’ in Sanskrit means imperishable and eternal, while Tritiya means “third”.
Indians calculate the placing of the planets, stars, time and figure out one auspicious hour during Akshaya Tritiya where they buy gold in any form, which is believed to bring more wealth and prosperity into the family. The occasion is also considered the best time to begin a business, travel and get married. In fact, the festival is also considered an important day for the Jain community as it commemorates the first Tirthankara’s ending his one-year asceticism by consuming sugarcane juice.
According to certain mythological tales and folklore, the sacred day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. While others believe that on this particular day, Lord Ganesha started writing the Mahabharata which was being recited by Ved Vyas. As per another legend, it was on this day, river Ganges first descended upon earth from heaven.
Some also say that Akshaya Tritiya is tied to the legend of the Akshaya Patra- the miracle earthen pot gifted to Draupadi, which ensured Pandavas had a never-ending supply of food. One of the many legends included that on this day, as per Shiva Purana, is that on Akshaya Tritiya, Kuber was made the lord of riches and banker of Heaven by Lord Shiva. In fact, the festival is also considered an important day for the Jain community as it commemorates the first Tirthankara’s ending his one-year asceticism by consuming sugarcane juice.
Akshaya Tritiya 2018: Here are wishes, quotes, status, SMS, WhatsApp messages that you can share with your family and friends
“May your life is always filled with lots of prosperity and happiness. May there be no sorrows left, eternal happiness for you. Wishing you a very Happy Akshaya Tritiya!!”
“May this Akshaya Tritiya be a new beginning for you, filled with success, joy and prosperity…Happy Akshaya Tritiya.”
“May Lord Bless You on This Auspicious Day of Akshaya Tritiya, And May It Be A New Beginning of Greater Prosperity, Success and Happiness. Greetings on Akshaya Tritiya!”
“May This Akshaya Tritiya, Light Up for You – The Hopes of Happy Times and Dreams for A Year Full of Smiles! Happy Akshaya Tritiya 2018.”
“May Lord Vishnu Bless You with Wealth and Prosperity on The Occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.”
“Aapko Akshaya Tritiya ki dher saari Shubh Kamnaye, Maa Lakshmi aap pe apni krupa humesha banaye rahkhee Akkha Teej aapke liye mangalmay ho.”
“Aaj Mata Laxmi Ka Din Hai, Aaj Kal Unki Hi To Bolbala Hai, Aaj Wo Aaye Aapke Ghar, Aur Rahe Aapke Sath Jivan Bhar. Happy Akshaya Tritiya.”
Bhagwan Vishnu Ka Haath, Hamesha Aapke Ghar Par Ho, Sukh, Samruddhi Aur Samadhaan, Har Pal Aapke Ghar Par Ho, Akshaya Tritiya Ki Shubhkaamnaaye.”
As per Drikpanchang.com, Akshaya Tritiya tithi has begun at 3:45 AM and will end at 1:29 AM, the following day and the puja can be performed between 6:19 am to 12:34 pm on April 18. The auspicious time to buy gold has begun at 06:07 am and will ends at 12:26 pm.