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Akshaya Tritiya 2017 - Importance - Is it on April 28 or April 29

Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. Akshaya Tritiya 2017 date is April 29. In western parts of India (Maharashtra and Gujarat) it is marked on April 28. As per Hindu astrology and almanac, each second on the Akshaya Trithiya day is auspicious. It is said that there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and the day is ideal for beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciates.


In a traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Akshay Tritiya is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month.

It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and diamond.

Which Gods are Worshippped on Akshaya Tritiya?

Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu and Kuber are worshiped on Akshaya Tritiya. It is meritorious to visit Vishnu Temple on the day.

Stories Associated with Akshaya Tritiya

Parashuram Jayanti is also observed on Akshaya Tritiya day.

There are numerous legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya; most popular is that of Sudama or Kuchela visiting Lord Krishna in Dwarka with a handful of beaten rice (poha or aval).

Another legend suggests that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from Lord Krishna (in the Mahabharata) on this day.

It is also believed that Sage Vyasa began the composition of Mahabharata on the day. You can read the entire legend associated with Akshaya Tritiya here.

What to do on Akshaya Tritiya?

Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are worshipped on the day. People also conduct Lakshmi puja on Akshaya Tritiya. Kubera is also worshiped on the day.

Annadhanam – offering food to the poor is considered to be the greatest thing one can do on this day. Hindus believe there is no Dhanam greater than Annadhanam. (read more about what to do on Akshaya Tritiya here)

Do not convert Akshaya Tritiya into Hindu Gold Rush Day
But nowadays, Akshaya Trithiya is associated with gold purchase and many people wait for the day to make investments in gold.

There is a marketing blitz especially associated with gold, jewelry and diamonds.

A day in which Kuchela made the greatest offering to Sri Krishna has been cleverly converted to a day for hoarding. Kuchela did not have anything other than the stone-filled beaten rice to offer to Sri Krishna. And Bhagavan Sri Krishna did not hesitate even for a second to give away all that he had to his Bhakta. Here both are giving. Prosper by giving that is a recurrent theme in Hinduism.

Ardha (wealth) is an important aspect in Hinduism and But it is not the only purushartha. Purusharthas are Dharma, Ardha, Kama, and Moksha. That wealth which is used as per Dharma only helps in Moksha. (Read more thoughts on the how Akshaya Tritiya became the Hindu Gold Rush Day  )

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