[ecis2016.org] Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious time for Griha Pravesh and buying a house. We look at the significance of Akshaya Tritiya for property buyers and home owners alike and some of the rituals that are performed on this day, to bring prosperity into one’s home
According to the Hindu calendar, there are certain days, which are looked upon as auspicious – for example, Akshaya Tritiya, Dussehra, Gudi Padwa, Dhanteras, etc. Indians are usually particular about the auspicious time or ‘shubh muhurat’, when it comes to important events such as buying a property, or giving the token money for a new property, or even shifting to a new house. Sentiments in the residential real estate sector are usually high during festivals and auspicious dates likes Akshaya Tritiya. This also leads to promotional offers by developers, in a bid to encourage buyers.
Each festival has its significance and most of them are considered as good times, to begin something new, says Rajat Rastogi, executive director of the Runwal Group. “Home buyers, as well as developers, seek auspicious dates to start or buy anything new. While buyers look for festive offers and schemes, developers try to maximise their sales or launch new projects during these times. The auspicious dates are believed to have positive energy and vibes and hence, rituals like bhoomi puja, Vastu puja, or havan, are all done on these dates,” Rastogi adds.
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Vaishakha. It is an auspicious time to start a new business and buying metals, gold, silver, vehicle and house. Metals symbolise Goddess Lakshmi and investing in gold and silver on Akshaya Tritiya is believed to attract prosperity.
Akshaya Tritiya Griha Pravesh puja tips for your house
- Before you enter the house, break a coconut, as it denotes the elimination of hurdles.
- Ensure that the house is freshly painted, cleaned thoroughly and is clutter-free. For soothing vibes at home, light a diya, camphor or sandalwood, lemongrass or jasmine incense.
- Do not fight or argue with anyone, on the day of the Griha Pravesh.
- Always take elders’ blessings and invite friends and family for a meal at home, on the auspicious day.
- Hang a beautiful name plate outside the house.
- Chant shlokas, recite aartis and ring a bell when doing the puja, to remove negative energy.
Akshaya Tritiya 2022 Griha pravesh
Akshaya Tritiya 2022 falls on 3rd May, and the auspicious time begins at 5:18 am and remain up to 4th May till 7:32 am. This year, the ruling planet of wealth and prosperity, Venus, and the planet of work accomplishment, Moon, will remain in their exalted zodiac and it forms an auspicious rare yoga. The best time or muhurat for Akshay worship or puja is from 5:18 am to 11:34 am.
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One can start any auspicious work on this day without checking the muhurta. Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious time for purchasing a new house. The day is also favourable for moving into a new house and perform the Griha Pravesh puja. If you are planning for Griha pravesh on Akshaya Tritiya, then there one does not need to look for a muhurat. One can move into the new house at any time on this day.
Importance of Akshaya Tritiya for property buyers
Akshaya Tritiya is a good day for Griha pravesh puja. Moreover, buying a new house on this day will keep away Evil spirits and invite health and prosperity for the family. On Akshaya Tritiya, besides housewarming, many people prefer to start new house construction or renovation project for their homes.
Akshaya Tritiya is one such auspicious day, which is believed to be a perfect day to conclude a property deal, or take possession of the property, or even do Griha Pravesh. “Akshaya, in Sanskrit, means one that never diminishes, is eternal or non-waning. This day is believed to bring good luck and success. So, Akshaya Tritiya is associated with the buying of gold and property, as it is said that any new venture or any valuable item bought on this day, will grow forever and bring good fortune. Its good ‘muhurat’ lasts for the entire day. So, this day is also considered auspicious for the housewarming ceremony,” explains Jayshree Dhamani a Mumbai-based Vastu Shastra and astrology expert.
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On this day many important events have taken place, according to mythology. It is on Akshaya Tritiya that Treta Yug began and Lord Ved Vyas started to write down the Mahabharata. As per the Hindu calendar, on this day, both, the sun and the moon, are at the peak of their brightness. It is also the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and it is also believed that the holy river Ganga descended on earth on this day. So, this day is of great significance.
Akshaya Tritiya rituals for your home
When to come to shifting to a new house, several rituals are followed. One such important ritual of Vastu Shastra is the Griha Pravesh. “A ‘kalash sthapana’ is the simplest ritual that one can do, if one does not wish to perform an elaborate puja. To enter the new house by doing a ‘kalash sthapana’, one has to fill a copper pot with water and grains and place a coin inside it. Also draw a swastika with red kum kum on the pot. Cover a coconut with a red cloth and keep it on the pot. Carry cowry shells or conch shells and later keep them in the treasure box. Light a ghee diya and pray to God for peace, prosperity, happiness and good health and offer Prasad. It is also believed that Akshaya Tritiya symbolises purity. Hence, along with other coloured flowers, use white flowers like jasmine for the puja and preferably wear white clothes with gold or silver border,” advises Dhamani.
While performing a Griha Pravesh, ensure that the main door of the house is clean and decorated well and has sufficient light. The main door is an access point for prosperity and positive vibes into the house. So, adorn the threshold with auspicious symbols like a Swastika and Laxmi feet (entering the house), along with rangoli and hang a floral toran. “One can call a priest and do a Vastu puja, Ganesh puja or Navagraha Shanti at home. If possible, perform a small havan at home using aromatic. A havan is a sacred custom, which has a cleansing effect. Plants and trees have an important role in activating positive energy. So, try and plant trees around your house on the day of the Griha Pravesh. Opt for trees such as peepul, amla, mango, etc., as planting trees on this auspicious day gives abundant fruits,” concludes Dhamani.
Akshaya Tritiya significance
On Akshaya Tritiya, the star Kartika falls in its first part and the Sun in Mesha Rashi, which is considered auspicious. As per Hindu mythology, the day marks the start of Treta Yuga after Satya Yuga.
Also, it is believed that Lord Kuber, who once ruled the Lanka city, was banished by Ravana. After this, Kuber performed penance to seek the blessings of Lord Shiv and Lord Brahma. The city of Alkapuri was created near Mount Kailash for Kuber by the architect of the gods, Viswakarma. Lord Kuber was given the role of the custodian of the wealth of heaven on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Several hindus worship Lord Kuber and consider this day to be highly auspicious for purchasing gold to attract prosperity and invites Goddess Lakshmi into their homes. Some people also prefer doing charity on this auspicious day as it attracts the blessings of the poor and less privileged people.
What should we not do on Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya has a special significance, among the other auspicious days in the Hindu calendar. Hence, there are some things that should be avoided on this day. They include:
- One should keep the house clean and avoid any clutter, especially around the Pooja room.
- On Akshaya Tritiya, people worship lord Vishnu and the sacred Tulsi plant. Hence, one should follow the rituals as recommended and avoid breaking any rule that can displease Goddess Lakshmi.
- Also, it is important to maintain calmness and have a peaceful mind when worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. One should avoid anger and should avoid any action that can hurt elders or seniors. It is important to wish good things for everyone around.
Can we do Griha Pravesh on Akshaya Tritiya?
Moving into a new house and performing Griha Pravesh puja on Akshaya Tritiya is considered auspicious and attracts prosperity.
(With inputs from Harini Balasubramanian)
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