“Dhanteras” is derived from two Hindi words “dhan” & “teras”. Dhan means wealth &Teras means Thirteenth. Dhanteras is being observed on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month and celebrated as the second day of the Diwali in 2017.
Dhanteras is also referred as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” or “Dhantrayodashi”.
Throughout India, Dhanteras is celebrated with great enthusiasm. On this day, Lord Kuber is also worshiped along with Goddess Lakshmi.
Auspicious Time 2017
In 2017, Dhanteras is being celebrated on Tuesday the 17th October. It falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik.
- The Trayodashi Tithi is being observed from 00:26 on 17/Oct/2017 to 00:08 on 18/Oct/2017.
- It is said that Lakshmi Puja should be done in PradoshKaal which approximately is being observed for 0 hours and 40 minutes after the sunset. This year the PradoshKaal is from 18:00 to 20:27.
- Dhanteras Puja Muhurta = 19:47 to 20:27
- It is also believed that the Lakshmi pujan if done in sthirlagna (which means fixed lagna) of PradoshKaal, Goddess Laxmi will stay in your home forever.
Legends Behind Dhanteras
Once a sixteen-year-old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per the astrological predictions. On that particular fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s room and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. Throughout the night she told stories and sang songs to her husband.
When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Snake his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the Kings chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus, the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then the following day of Dhanteras i.e. 14th day of the Kartik month, came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan” and an earthen lamp is kept burning throughout the night of Chaturdashi glorifying Yama, the God of Death. The Yama Deep is also lit up on the day of Dhanteras as well.
Another legend states that on this day after the Samudra Manthan was done by the gods and demons, Goddess Dhanvantari came out of the sea holding the pot of Amrit. This is the reason Dhanteras is also called Dhanvantari Jayanti. It is believed that God gives his blessings of good health & wealth on this day, 13 times of the capacity of the pot/utensil purchased.
Rituals On Dhanteras / Puja Vidhi
Diwali a festival of lights, which starts with the auspicious day of Dhanteras. This is celebrated throughout the country with full faith and enthusiasm. People start decorating their houses, offices from this day with Rangoli, Lights etc. to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses.
On this day, a Chaumukhi Diya( a square Diya with four mouths) is being lit up at the main entrance door of the house. Before lighting up the Diya in the evening, the puja of the diya is being done with Kumkum, Gud (jaggery), Coriander Seeds, Rice, Moong Daal (split green gram), one kodi (shell) with one hole, fulle ( a form of puffed rice), Patasha& Coin are put inside the Diya . The kodi(shell) is kept in the cash box or in the house at the next day morning. It is said that by lighting this Diya which is Yama Deep, sudden death can be avoided. On this day, the SubhLabh is written outside the door of the house on both sides. Few people write Ram Ram as well.
On this day, there is a tradition of purchasing silver or gold coins, utensils, even Lakshmi Ganesha silver idols. People also buy jewelry, steel utensils as well.
Dhan Kuber Puja (Kuber – The God Of Wealth)
On this day Kuber – the god of wealth is worshiped.
- You can have a statue of Shri Kuber or establish a chest or box of jewelry/cash for worshipping.
- Offer flowers, Diya, and sweets to the almighty
- Worship him with the Mantra:
Om Shri KuberayaNamha।
AnenPujanen Shri Dhanadhyaksha-Shri Kuber Preeyatam।
Interesting Facts About Dhanteras
Buy silver or gold things on Dhanteras
It is considered the perfect time to purchase gold or silver things like Laxmi Ganesha Idol, Kalash, Diya, Utensils, jewelry, coins on this day as a sign of good luck and “Dhan” is entering our house.
Ideal time for New Ventures
Dhanteras festival is also an ideal time for setting up businesses, commencing new projects, celebrating housewarming, buying cars as well.
On this day, a Chaumukhi Diya ( a square Diya with four mouths) is being lit up at the main entrance door of the house. It is said that by lighting this Diya which is Yama Deep, sudden death can be avoided.
Puja of farm animals
In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income.
Gold & Silver selling on surge
Dhanteras in the current scenario marks the highest selling of Gold and Silver ornaments in India.
Other Days of Diwali 2017:
Diwali Day 1(16th Oct): Govatsa Dwadashi and Vasu Baras. Diwali Day 3(18th Oct): Narak Chaturdashi and Kali Chaudas. Diwali Day 4(19th Oct): Laxmi Puja, Diwali Puja. Diwali Day 5(20th Oct): Govardhan Puja/ Annakut. Diwali Day 6(21st Oct): Bhaiya Dooj / Yama Dwitiya