Dhanteras: Dhanteras also known as Dhantrayodashi is the foremost day of the five-day long Diwali celebrations. Dhanteras is one of the most critical Hindu religious celebrations celebrated in India.
“Dhan” implies riches and “teras” implies the thirteenth day of the moon cycle. This year Dhanteras falls on October 28, which is the thirteenth day of the Hindu lunar month of karthik.
Dhanteras is referred to the celebration of riches where devotees offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and Yama (divine force of death).On this traditional auspicious day, people used to buy costly gold, silver and diamond jewels and the myth says that purchasing costly ornaments could bring success and good fortunes for the whole family and their business ventures. Devotees of Goddess Lakshmi would worship the goddess along with Kubera, who is the Lord of Wealth.
This day is additionally regarded as the birth of Dhanavantri with a pitcher full celestial nectre or Amrita Kalash. Various individuals venerate Dhanavantri for good well-being and prosperity by offering their prayers to him.
Dhanteras Puja Vidhi, Muhurat & Auspicious Timings
Given below are the particular timings of Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras.
Dhanteras Puja Muhurat: 5:35 pm – 6:20 pm
Pradosh kaal: 5:35 pm – 8:21 pm
Trayodashi Tithi starts = 4:15 pm on October 27
Trayodashi Tithi ends = 6:20 pm on October 28
Dhanteras Puja Vidhi : On this auspicious day, people should perform Ganesha and Lakshmi Puja and creating rangoli patterns in their house and offices to welcome the goddess who will eventually bring wealth and prosperity.To symbolize the arrival of Goddess Laksmi, people used to make small footprints on the floors of their homes and offices and they will buy new utensils made of steel, silver and gold as well.
Lakshmi puja at night is a vital part of the festivals and aficionados sing commendations to goddess Lakshmi. Alongside marigold blooms, grains including wheat, urad dal, moong dal, gram, grain and masoor dal are utilized while performing puja. They draw mind boggling rangoli outlines at the passages of work environments and houses inviting goddess Lakshmi. Customary desserts, called “naivedyam” made by blending dry coriander seeds with jaggery, dairy animals’ drain and saffron will be used in puja and will be given to all individuals who attend the puja.
Lakshmi Puja ought to be done amid Pradosh Kaal which begins after sundown and roughly goes on for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Dhanteras is commonly celebrated in northern India.