Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi, marks the beginning of the five-day Diwali festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor in India and among the Hindu diaspora worldwide. Falling on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik, Dhanteras holds significant cultural and spiritual importance.
Dhanteras Date & Shubh Muhurat
The auspicious time to celebrate Dhanteras in 2023 on November 10 starting at 12:35 PM, and ends on November 11th at 01:57 PM. The shubh muhurat for Dhanteras puja will be from 5:47 pm to 7:43 pm this year and will last for almost 2 hours.
Dhanteras is a major Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and is observed in India and Nepal. It is typically celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu lunar month of Karthika, and will fall on October 28th, 2023.
Dhanteras Significance and Legends :
The word ‘Dhanteras’ is a fusion of two words: “Dhan,” meaning wealth, and “Teras,” which refers to the thirteenth day of the Hindu lunar calendar. It is believed that on this auspicious day, people worship Lord Dhanvantari, the god of Ayurveda, and Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity. The occasion is also associated with several ancient legends.
One popular legend revolves around the story of the young son of King Hima. As per a prophecy, the prince was destined to die due to a snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. However, his wife took strategic measures and laid out ornaments, gold coins, and lit lamps to form a shining barrier at the entrance of their chamber.
She narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband awake through the night. When Yama, the god of death, arrived in the guise of a serpent, he was dazzled by the radiance of the lamps and the glimmer of the gold. His eyes were blinded by the shining objects, and he could not enter. Consequently, the prince was saved from his fate. This day is commemorated as Dhanteras, symbolizing wealth, prosperity, and the celebration of life.
How to Celebrate Dhanteras at Home and Loved Ones:
People observe Dhanteras with various customs and traditions to attract wealth and prosperity into their lives:
- Shopping for Gold and Utensils: It is a common practice to buy gold, silver, or copper items on Dhanteras, as they symbolize prosperity. Utensils, in particular, hold special significance and are bought or gifted on this day.
- Cleaning and Decoration: Homes are cleaned, renovated, and decorated with colorful Rangoli designs, flowers, and lights to welcome the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.
- Lighting Lamps and Diyas: Lighting oil lamps (diyas) signifies the triumph of light over darkness and the dispelling of negativity.
- Puja and Worship: Devotees perform puja rituals, offering prayers to Lord Dhanvantari for good health and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity. They chant hymns, offer sweets, fruits, and flowers as a gesture of reverence.
- Auspicious Timing: The auspicious timing to perform Dhanteras puja is during the Pradosh Kaal. This timing is believed to be propitious for invoking blessings and prosperity.
- Sharing Sweets and Gifts: Exchanging sweets and gifts with family and friends is a customary practice to spread joy and happiness.
Dhanteras is a time for spiritual reflection, celebration, and the beginning of Diwali festivities. It brings people together in prayer, celebration, and the spirit of sharing. It is a day that signifies the pursuit of wealth and well-being, both material and spiritual. The values of wealth, prosperity, and wisdom are embedded in the essence of Dhanteras, making it a cherished and auspicious occasion for Hindus.
On this forthcoming Dhanteras, may the blessings of Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi usher in prosperity, happiness, and well-being into the lives of all those celebrating this joyous festival.
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