Dhanteras or Dhanavantri Jayanti is an auspicious festival that marks the beginning of the festival of Diwali, as it falls on the second day from Dhanteras. In Sanskrit, 'Dhan means wealth and Teras means thirteen. According to Indian Astrology, Dhanteras is considered as an auspicious festival in which people of Hindu religion buy gold and silver jewelry. It is said that the individual who buys any metal on the day will be blessed by Dhanvantri, the Goddess of wealth. In terms of wealth, Native can feel stability in life. The festival falls on the dark night of Krishna Paksha. As per Hindu mythology, it came in the month of Ashwin. On this auspicious festival, the individual offers prayers to Maa Laxmi who is considered as the Goddess of wealth.
The Dhanteras date in 2019 is 25th October, two days prior to Diwali.
Significance of Dhanteras Puja during Diwali
As per Indian Astrology, if the individual brings or buys new things on the day of Dhanteras, then it is considered highly auspicious. On this day, one should perform Lakshmi puja according to Dhanteras 2019 Muhurat. At some places, seven grains (wheat, gram, barley, Urad, Moong, Masoor) are also worshipped while performing the puja.
While performing puja, one should offer a golden flower and sweets to Goddess, as she is believed to be fond of them. Dhanteras is considered as an auspicious festival for the native because the puja plays an important role in attracting good wealth in his/her life. To attract positivity in home, the individual on this day cleans his/her house as it rids of all the negative energies from the house. In order to rid themselves of their sins, the individual takes a bath and wears new clothes on this day.
Deities of Dhanteras
The deities that are worshipped on the auspicious day of Dhan Trayodashi are Dhanvantari, the originator of Ayurveda and the master of all the physicians, Lord Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi, who are considered as the deities of wealth & abundance. One should always remember that although the festival is celebrated by buying precious metals and jewelry, Dhanvantari is the main deity who is worshipped at the festival. She is the goddess of health, rather than wealth. However, Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi are connected with wealth and from ancient times it has become a tradition for people to buy gold and silver on Dhanteras.
The story behind celebrating Dhanteras
According to Indian Astrology, it is said the whole incident happened because of nectar or Amrita. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Kuber had emerged from the ocean of milk with a pot of gold while the sea was being churned. Due to this reason, both deities are worshipped on the festival of Dhanteras.
There is an interesting story behind celebrating Dhanteras. A 16-year-old child who is the son of King Hima projected his death by a snake bite on the 4th day of his marriage. The wife of the king is very clever in nature. When the Prince’s wife came to know about the projection, she starts searching for a way to save the life of her husband. As she knows that her husband could die that day, she doesn't allow him to sleep. She had collected lots of her own ornaments and coins of gold and silver and made a collection at the doorway of his bedroom and lit lamps everywhere in the room. In order to keep her husband awake, she starts reciting stories to him.
After sometimes when the god of Death, Yama or Yamraj arrived there in the form of Serpent his eyes start dazzling. The eyes were dazzling because of lightning lamps and ample jewelry. Due to excessive shine, the god of death was unable to enter the room. God also tried to go through by climbing over the heap of coins but he failed.
After several tries, he suddenly listens to the song of the prince’s wife that she is singing for her husband so that he could not sleep. When Yama listens to the song he sat down there for the whole night and in no time sun rises. After sunrise, Yama left the place without taking her husband's life. In this way, she had protected the life of her husband, from then the day began to be celebrated as Dhanteras.
Dhanteras Puja Vidhi
From Ancient times, the individual is performing Dhanteras Puja as it enhances health, well being, and abundance in his/her life. To get all the happiness in life, one must follow the proper Puja Vidhi to perform every ritual. If followed properly he/she will be bestowed by a plethora of benefits in life. The puja should be done in accordance with the proper rituals and Muhurat.
Dhanteras 2019 Muhurat
The best Muhurat for that day is between 7:08 PM to 8:13 PM.
Dhanteras Pujan Vidhi to be followed:
- On the day of Dhanters, the Individual should worship Goddess Dhanvantri with Shodashopchara. As per Indian Astrology, the ritual consists of 16 different procedures of worshipping. This includes Aasan, Padya, Arghya, Aachaman (scented drinking water), bathe, clothing, jewelry, scents (saffron and sandalwood), flowers, dhoop, deep, Naivaidya, Aachman (pure water), betel leaf containing the offerings, Aarti, and parikrama.
- On the day of Dhanteras, the most traditional ritual is to buy silver and gold utensils. It is believed that these utensils play up a major role in welcoming the wealth in one’s house.
- On this day, Lights and lamps must be lighted on the entrance door of the house, as it indicates the upcoming festival Diwali.
- On this day, one should light the lamp in front of Lord Yamraj, as it will put an end to the threat and phobia that surrounds the native.
The individuals who are having trouble in finding a learned priest for Puja can Book Lakshmi Puja Online, or go for Dhan Laxmi Kuber Puja that promises to bring home health, wealth, and enormous fortunes.