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Akshaya Tritiya 2018 – Parshuram Jayanti : India is a country that celebrates a host of festivals with much fervour and joy. These festivals help bind age-old traditions with our roots. One of such festivals is Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti that will be observed on 18th April, 2018. It is believed that this day brings good fortune and luck in your life.Also known as Akha Teej, Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti is celebrated on the third lunar day of the bright fortnight. Akshaya is a term in Sanskrit that means no decay. Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej is the birthday of Lord Parshurama i.e its also known as Parshuram Jayanti. It is also regarded as the start of the Treta Yuga. Parshurama is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Not many people know about the greatness of Parshurama Avatara and what he has done for us and given us.
Akshaya Tritiya 2018 – Parshuram Jayanti 2018: Festival puja muhurat and timings
Auspicious muhurat timings to buy gold: 06:07 am to 12:26 pm
Tritiya tithi begins at 3:45 am on 18th April, 2018
Tritiya tithi ends at 01:29 am on 19th April, 2018
About Lord Parashuram
According to the Hindu Vedic caste system, the task of wielding weapons and protecting the kingdom and its people was entrusted to the Kshitriya cast – the kings and the warrior caste. Over a period of time wealth and power corrupted them and they started oppressing and disturbing the other caste, including killing the Brahmins – the highly respected priestly cast who were there to guide them and to protect the religious aspects of the society. Hence Lord Vishnu took birth as Parshuram Avatara.
Parshuram was the Great Grandson of Bhrugu Rishi and the the son of the Rishi Jamadagni, who belonged to the Bhargava Gotra, and his Soorya Vamsi Kshitriya wife Renuka . HIS incarnation was to protect the Dharma and reinstate the Vedic culture.
Not many know that Parshuram was a great devotee of Devi and learned the great Sri Vidya Tantra, also known as Sri Chakra Nava Avarana Pooja, from Lord Dattatreya, who is considered as the foremost Avatara and was the combined Avatara of Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva. It is Parshurama who first gave the Srividya to the world in his treatise known as the Parashurama Kalpa Sooktam. He also received an axe from Lord Shiva after undertaking a great apology to please HIM, and learned from Shiva the methods of warfare and other skills.
His father was killed by the Kshitriyas when Parashuram was away and in rage He attacked 21 times and killed the various Kshitriya clans who were tormenting the people. He became such a terror for the Kshitriyas that when HE went to Ayodhya, the great king Dasaratha hide under his wife’s bed! Parashurama spared Dasaratha – no doubt the Vishnu Avatara knew that in HIS next Avatara Dasaratha will be HIS father.
Once the cleansing war was over, HE donated all the land and wealth to the Kashyapa clan of Brahmins and also to the Namboodri Brahmins of Kerala. He went about creating several great temples and regions. In the Kanyakumari Temple HE installed the Idol made of blue stone and installed the idol of Ayyappa on the peak on the Sabarimala hill in the forest.
He fought the advancing ocean and saved the lands of Konkan and Malabar – the Maharashtra – Karnataka – Kerala west coastline. Also created a temple of worship right after he saved Kerala from the sea. He placed statues of various deities in 108 different places and taught the famous martial arts “Kalari Payattu” to protect the temple from the evils. With HIS divine powers He also created the Goa-Konkan land by shooting an arrow.
Parashurama though born in Treta yuga, is said to be an eternal Avatara still living. Much later, during the Ramayana period, when Lord Rama broke the bow of Lord Shiva during the Seeta Swayamvara, Parashuram got angry and encounters Lord Rama but recognised Rama as the next Avatara and gave blessings. Even during the end of Tretayuga and start of Kaliyuga, during the Mahabharata period, HE was the guru of Bheeshma, Drona & Karna. The Kalki Purana states Parashurama will be the martial guru of Sri Kalki, the 10th and final avatar of Lord Vishnu which is about to come. It is he who will instruct Kalki to perform a long penance to Shiva to receive celestial weapons.
On this Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti day the Sun, Moon and Venus are in their signs of exaltation and it is very auspicious. According to some scriptures, on this day and with these astrological combinations the ancient Rishis performed the first yagya in the history of mankind and it marked the start of a time regarded as the Golden Age of Indian culture.
Akshaya means eternal or that which never ends. Any good undertaking started on this day will be of a lasting and permanent nature. All over India people celebrate weddings, plan new business ventures, long journeys and other events on this day and buy gold, silver and other assets.
Any Pooja performed and any dana (donating) given on this day is said to give 100 times more results.
On the day of Akshay Tritiya, Parashuram Jayanti, who had done 21 times on earth, was a Kshatriya devoid
Kaliyug is going on and in today’s time, there are 8 chiranjivas and great men who are alive. In these 8 Maha Purshas one is the sixth incarnation Parashuram of Lord Vishnu, which is celebrated on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti. It is said that Lord Shiva’s Goddess Parashuram is the god of justice, who has destroyed this land Kshatriya 21 times. Not only that, Lord Ganesh too was not safe in anger.
Parshuram had made this land devoid of Kshatriya 21 times to take revenge for the insult of his parents. That is because King Sahasragunja of HaHay Dynasty was being tortured on the Brahmans and Rishis due to his strength and pride.
Because of this, the slaughter of Sahastrangun
Once, Sahastrjuna reached the ashram of Jamadgiri Muni, the father of Lord Parshuram, along with his entire army. Muni welcomed the whole army with Kamdhenu’s cow’s milk, but she took the miraculous Kamdhenu by force using her force. After this Parashuram came to know about this; then he killed Sahyadarjuna.
later that, sons of Sahastranjuna slaughtered Parshuram; father for revenge and became sati on the pita in the division of the parents. After this, on seeing the 21 wounds on the father’s body, Parshuram had sworn that he would destroy all the Kshatriya clans from this land. After this 21 times he completed his vow by destroying the Kshatriyas from the earth.
Therefore the teeth of Lord Ganesha were broken –
According to the experts; Parshuram once came to Kailash Mountain to visit Lord Shiva but Lord Ganesh refused to meet him. On this, Parashuram got angry and he broke a tooth of Lord Ganesas from his fence.Because of this; Lord Ganesha is also called Ekadant.
Akshaya Tritiya 2018/Parshuram Jayanti 2018: Significance and history of the festival
Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti is believed to be one of the most important tithi of the Hindu astrology. It is said that the sun and the moon become equally bright on this auspicious day. There are many stories related to this day. One of the legends included that on this day, as per Shiva Purana; on Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti; Kuber was made the lord of riches and banker of Heaven by Lord Shiva.
Another story- when the Pandavas were in exile in the forest, they were visited by many dignitaries, sages and kings. Draupadi; at some point found it difficult to prepare food as the Pandavas were destitute and didn’t have a lot to offer. One day, Lord Krishna came to visit the Pandavas. They received him and his men with utmost dignity. While the five brothers met him graciously, Draupadi did not come out of the house to greet him. Instead, she was weeping in the kitchen.
Lord Krishna saw an empty pot in which she had cooked some rice in the morning. There was nothing but a single grain of rice was left in the pot. Lord Krishna ate that single grain, and at that time, for that day, whole universe was satiated. He also blessed her with the Akshaya Patra, a vessel that could give unending supply of food every day. This day happened to be commemorated as Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti every year.
Akshaya Tritiya 2018/Parshuram Jayanti 2018 How to Perform Akshaya Tritiya/Parshuram Jayanti Puja
This day is celebrated by fasting and worshipping Lord Vishnu with rice grains. Most people initiate newer beginnings like they buy new lands; invest in gold or anything that adds up to their savings, open new audits, etc. It is also considered as one of the luckiest days for people tying the nuptial knot. In fact; it is considered an important day for the Jain community as it commemorates the first Tirthankara’s ending his one-year asceticism by consuming sugarcane juice. On this day, people worship and seek blessings from the almighty by distributing germinating gram (sprouts), fresh fruits and sweets.
This Akshaya Tritiya 2018/Parshuram Jayanti2018, celebrate by wishing for luck, happiness and joy in the days to come.
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