Akshaya Tritiya 2024

Akshaya Tritiya Festival

Akshaya Tritiya in 2024: Know Date, Rituals and Spiritual Significance of the Festival

Dates are important in Hinduism, and most of the important events, ceremonies, or even new businesses are commenced on an auspicious day after consulting priests or astrologers. But, Akshaya Tritiya is a day that transcends these obligations and radiates immense spiritual and cultural significance. On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, one can begin any important work without looking for a muhurat.

Also known as Akha Teej or Kati, Akshaya Tritiya, is the third day of the Vaisakh month, the second month in Hindu calendar. There are various reasons which make this day a significant day in Hinduism. Many religious facts and beliefs related to Akshaya Tritiya are important to understand why the day comes as a highly auspicious one. Also, one of the most pious journeys of Hindus, the Char Dham circuit has a major connection with the Akshaya Tritiya in 2024.

Akshaya Tritiya Date & Muhurat in 2024

Akshaya Tritiya Date Akshaya Tritiya Puja Muhurat Timing
10th May, 2024 6:06 AM to 12:35 PM

Akshaya Tritiya is the third day of the Shukla Paksha in the Vaisakha month of the Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, Akshaya Tritiya will be on 10th May 2024.

The day of Akshaya Tritiya will begin at 4:17 AM on 10th May and will end at 2:50 AM on May 11th.

Preferred Akshaya Tritiya Puja Muhurat 2024

The muhurat for the morning puja on Akshaya Tritiya 2024 will last for approximately 6 hours. The puja muhurat on Akshaya Tritiya will be from 6:06 AM to 12:35 PM on May 10th.

Mythological Background of Akshaya Tritiya

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Importance of Akshaya Tritiya is prevalent, and the uncountable reasons which make the day a notable one are interesting. Akshaya Tritiya is a strong compilation of many important historical events that happened at different times in every era on this same day, which are either mentioned in mythologies or popular in beliefs. According to religious beliefs, Akshaya Tritiya is the birth-day of Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation or Avatar of Lord Vishnu, and also the day of birth of Goddess Annapurna. Akshaya Tritiya is also the day when the second era in Hinduism, Treta Yug starts and the first era Satyug ends. Treta yug was the era in which Hindu mythological Gods like Vamana, Lord Parshuram, and Lord Ram lived.

The mythology of Akshaya Tritiya also states that Lord Ganesh started writing the Hindu epic Mahabharat, which was narrated by sage Ved Vyas. According to mythologies, this is also the day when the Holy River Ganga came down to earth. Akshaya Tritiya is the day when Lord Krishna's poor friend Sudama offered him rice and in return got blessed with wealth by Krishna.

Akshaya Tritiya is also a significant day in the Jain religion. According to Jain beliefs, the First Tirthankara Rishabha, who was also known as Aadinath and Rishabhdev, ended their one-year long asceticism and fast by drinking sugarcane juice. The day of Akshaya Tritiya is called Varshi Tapa by some Jains.

Spiritual Significance of Akshaya Tritiya

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The day of Akshaya Tritiya has many spiritual significances. On this day the sun, which is regarded as the lord of all planets and moons in Hinduism, gets to its peak radiance. Thus, this day is mentioned to be auspicious and favorable to start any new ventures, events, or any new journey in life.

According to astrologers, the day of Akshaya Tritiya unequivocally should be considered for marriages, housewarmings, and other significant ceremonies. As Sudama was blessed with a happy life by Lord Krishna on Akshaya Tritiya, people initiating new ventures will find it fulfilling. Also, the day is considered one of the best times to buy Gold and other valuable metals and things in Hinduism.

India invests heavily in jewelry on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Many people buy gold for gifting on Akshaya Tritiya. On the day of Akshaya tritiya, Kuber was appointed as the divine treasurer. Thus, any valuable item bought on this day never diminishes and continues to grow. Akshaya Tritiya is also believed to be a significant day for doing good deeds like helping people financially and donating. This brings good fortune to oneself. People also perform various puja and worship ceremonies in remembrance of their ancestors. Thus, mark your calendars on Akshaya Tritiya in 2024, for performing any special work that you were postponing.

Rituals, Traditions & Celebrations

Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is an important date for Hindus and is celebrated with great indulgence. Also, many rituals and traditions are associated with the Akshaya Tritiya festival that are strictly followed by the Hindus.

The core ritual followed on the day of Akshaya Tritiya is the special worship. Most of the families indulge in puja ceremonies dedicated to different Gods. People worship Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganpathi, and Lord Vishnu on this day. Many Vaishnavites observe fast for the day and conduct community feasts or charitable means for others. Devotees also distribute fruits, clothes, or other necessary things to the poor.

As Akshaya Tritiya is the most suitable for new ventures, people throughout the country start new businesses or settle at new houses on this day. Every new venture is started by performing the special puja as it is believed to flourish.

Many devotees worship Lord Krishna by smearing their idol with sandalwood paste and other sacred things like flowers and honey. It is believed that conducting pujas on this day helps attain emancipation and nirvana after death.

People wear Rudraksha, on their hands, neck, or arms, which is believed to be auspicious and prevent one from negative energies. Rudraksha of 7 mukhi, 10 mukhi, 13 mukhi, 16 mukhi, and 19 mukhi are beneficial. However, Lord Vishnu graces the 10 mukhi and 19 mukhi Rudraksha the most.

Importance of Akshaya Tritiya in Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

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The most religious of Uttarakhand known as the Char Dhams, also has an important relation with Akshaya Tritiya. As we know, Akshaya Tritiya is among some of the most significant days of the year in the Hindu calendar and is the date when people commence new things, ventures, or even buy a new necklace, but is also an important date for many religious events. Akshaya Tritiya is the day when the gates of Char Dham of Uttarakhand are opened for darshan.

Chardham, the pious temple circuit in Uttarakhand, Closes in November because of heavy snowfall and inaccessibility in winter. After the long wait of six months, Chardham temples open on the date of Akshaya Tritiya every year. This tradition of opening the Char Dham shrines on Akshaya Tritiya has been followed for centuries. This is because the lunar phase on Akshaya Tritiya is considered favorable for religious journeys. Thus, Akshaya Tritiya has even greater significance for Char Dhams, four temples including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.

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