Among all countries in the world, India is one with a large geographical area, supporting people from all communities and religions of the world. We celebrate festivals of all religions with equal joy and enthusiasm which is the perfect example of unity in diversity.
India’s culturally rich heritage has been built over the centuries and this has led to a huge variety of Indian life, soul and festivals. It is the only country where festivals are celebrated throughout the year and that is why India is called the land of festivals.
Festivals always bring happiness and positive vibes with them, every festival connects people and always comes with a great message of peace and harmony. In our country also, we celebrate all the festivals irrespective of religion, caste, culture, etc.
Some of the major festivals that are celebrated in the country include Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Lohri, Baishakhi etc. These festivals teach us how people from different religion, cultures and races can co-exist with harmony and that is something special and unique about our country which makes it different from other countries.
When it comes to festivals the months of April and May are considered crucial as many festivals fall during these months such as Eid, Baisakhi, Rangoli Bihu, Puthandu- Pirappu, Akshaya Tritiya etc.
In this article we will talk about the auspicious festival of Akshaya Tritiya, which is an annual festival celebrated by Hindus and Jains. Read on to know more about the day:
What is Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya is one of the auspicious festivals, which is celebrated by people from Hindu and Jain communities with happiness and zeal. It is also known as Akha Teej or Akti. The word Akshaya in Sanskrit means something that never ends, which means it is eternal in nature. This is a symbol of auspiciousness and goodness. So, on this day, you are expected to purchase gold, buy a new house, car or anything you want to or make the big decisions of your life. This is because such purchases or decisions are likely to bear fruit.
Why Akshay Tritiya is celebrated?
There are many mythological stories associated with it. One most well-known story tells that Akshay Tritiya is the short story about Lord Krishna and his childhood best friend Sudama. When they were young, they used to live and study together in Gurukula. One day they were sent to the forest to get wood, it started raining and they paused under a tree for shelter. Krishna said that he was hungry, Sudama, who had some puffed rice for snack, shared the rice with him.
As they grew up, Lord Krishna was ruling, as he was born in a royal family while Sudama was going through extreme poverty. Sudama decided to meet Krishna and while leaving also carried a fistful of rice to give to Krishna. Krishna was elated to see his bestfriend and treated him like a king.
Feeling overwhelmed by all this hospitality, Sudama could not gather the courage to ask him for anything and simply walked back home, but when he reached his house, it was filled with gold and riches. This faith and friendship of Lord Krishna and Sudama, is associated with the celebration of Akshaya Tritiya.
It is also said that Akshaya Tritiya also marks the birthday of Lord Parshuram, who is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Akshaya Tritiya 2022 Date & Time
In western calendar, there is no fixed date to celebrate the festival as the date is decided as per Hindu calendar, according to which the festival of Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated on the third lunar day or Tithi of Shukla Paksha of the month of Vaishakha. Hindus and Jains of India and Nepal observe this day as the third day of unending prosperity. This year the festival will fall on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022.
Akshaya Tritiya 2022 Muhurat
In the year 2022, the Shubh Muhurat or auspicious time of Akshaya Tritiya Puja will commence at 5:18 a.m. and will come to an end on the next day on 4th May at 7:32 in the morning. So, set your calendar dates and celebrate the day with grandeur. If we talk about gold purchase muhurat, it is from 9:48 a.m on May 3 to 6:14 a.m. on May 4, 2022.
In case you are planning to perform Graha Pravesh on this day, you don’t need to worry about a muhurat, you can enter the new house at any time during the whole day.
Significance of Akshaya Tritiya 2022
The festival of Akshay Tritiya is important for millions of Indians, as we know our country has a long history with gold. On this day, both consumers and retailers prepare for a successful trade. Hindus and Jains, in particular, celebrate the day with happiness and zeal and purchase gold in the hopes of bringing fortune into their lives.
In Jainism, the day of Akshaya Tritiya commemorates the first Tirthankara Lord Rishabhdev ending his one-year asceticism by consuming sugarcane juice poured into his cupped hands. So, on this day people who observe the year long alternative day fasting known as Varshi-tap finish their Tapasya by drinking sugarcane juice.