Akshaya Navami 2023: Date, Significance, Puja Vidhi and Story
As per the Hindu calendar, Navami (ninth day) that falls in the Shukla Paksha (the rising moon phase) of Kartik month is celebrated as Akshaya Navami. It is also called Amla Navami. According to our religious texts, this festival is celebrated two days before Devuthani Gyaras.
It is mentioned in the Puranas that the Satya Yuga (Satyug) started on the day of Akshaya Navami. That’s why Akshaya Navami is also called Satya Yugadi. Donations to the poor and needy done on this day are considered very pious. If you do any kind of charity Akshaya Navami, the results of it will not be restricted only to this birth, but you may also get its benefits in coming births.
It is considered extremely pious to circumnavigate Mathura-Vrindavan, the place of Lord Krishna, on the holy occasion of Akshaya Navami. Devotees throng the temples of Lord Krishna on this day.
On the day of Satya Yugadi i.e. Akshaya Navami, thousands and lakhs of people take a complete round of the cities of Mathura-Vrindavan so that they are blessed and acquire never-ending blessings. This festival is also called Amla Navami. Therefore, worshipping the gooseberry (Amla) tree on this day is considered very auspicious.
In West Bengal, this day is celebrated as Jagadhatri Puja where goddess Jagaddatri (The caretaker of the world) is worshipped with pageantry. On this day, women keep a fast for the happiness and prosperity of their families. As per the ritual, they circumnavigate the gooseberry tree, offer it prayers, and then break their fast.
Akshay Navmi 2023 Date, Time, and Muhurat
The worship of Lord Vishnu on the day of Akshaya Navami has special significance. If you worship Lord Vishnu according to Vedic rituals, wealth, happiness and prosperity will never leave your family.
|Akshaya Navami||Date & Time|
|Akshaya Navami||21 November 2023|
|Akshaya Navami Purvahna Time||06:17 to 12:08|
|Navami Starts At||November 21, 2023 at 03:16|
|Navami Ends At||November 22, 2023 at 01:09|
Akshay Navami Pooja Vidhi
The worshiper should wake up early on this day in the Brahma Muhurta (Between 3.30 am to 5.30 am) and take a bath after completing the daily morning routines. Then, one should start the ritual of worshipping the gooseberry (Amla) tree. Milk should be offered to the gooseberry tree while worshipping.
After that, the Amla tree should be worshipped with Roli, Akshat, fruits, and flowers, etc. After this one should circumnavigate the gooseberry tree and light a lamp (Diya) near the roots of the Amla tree. Then, one should listen or read the story of Akshaya Navami sitting below a tree. When the story reading/listening is over, prasad should be offered to the Amla tree and then should be distributed amongst devotees.
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Story of Akshaya Navami
A childless person lived in Kashi, the city of Lord Vishwanath. He had pleaded a lot to God to bless him with a child, but all his pleads went in vain. One day, a neighbouring lady suggested a solution to his wife that they should sacrifice a child to Lord Bhairav so that the Lord gets pleased and blesses them with a child. When she told this to her husband, he absolutely denied it. Even after this, the woman decided to sacrifice a child to Bhairav. One day, on getting a chance, that woman pushed a girl into the well and sacrificed her in the name of Bhairav. By this act of hers, the sin of murder was inflicted on her and she was caught by leprosy all over her body.
When her husband came to know about this, he told his wife that cow slaughter, Brahmin slaughter, and child slaughter are sinful, and that was the reason that she got leprosy all over her body. At the behest of her husband, the woman went in the refuge of Mother Ganga and narrated her the entire episode and also requested Goddess Ganga to forgive her sins and take her out of the disease. Mother Ganga told her that she should worship the gooseberry (Amla) tree on the Navami (ninth day) of Kartik Shukla Paksha and also consume Amla.
The woman did everything according to the instructions of Mother Ganga, as a result of which she became free from leprosy. Along with this, after fasting for a few days, she was also blessed with a child. Since then, people have been observing this fast according to rituals. This is the reason why it is known as Amla Navami.
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To Wrap Up
According to the Puranas, the day of Akshaya Navami has been given equal importance as Akshaya Tritiya. Let us tell you that the Treta Yuga started on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, hence it is also called Treta Yugadi. At the same time, on the Navami of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month, Satyug started, hence it is known as Akshaya Navami.
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