Dhanteras Puja Vidhi: It’s November 5, 2018, and marks the first day of the 5-days Diwali, the festival of lights. Indians, especially Hindus across the globe, are getting prepared themselves to celebrate the biggest festival of their religion. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi. It’s an auspicious occasion on which devotees worship Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi.
Lord Rama returned his home, Ayodhya after the 14-years of exile. Kuber and Lakshmi are considered as the harbingers/gods of wealth and prosperity in the family. Sometimes, the day is also referred or called Dhanvantri Jayanti. Dhan stands for wealth and teras means the 13th day of the calendar month. The festival falls on the thirteenth day of Kartik month according to Hindu calendar.
Dhanteras 2018: History and Significance of the Festival
After 2 days, Diwali will be celebrated on 7th November. As usual, Dhanteras has its own significance and it finds itself associated with a legend. Several stories are popular, but 16-year-old son of King Hima is most known of them. He was destined to die, according to his horoscope, on the 4th day of his marriage due to a snake bite.
On that particular day, his wife made him not to fall asleep. What she did was building a heap of her gold ornaments and silver coins at the entrance of their bedroom and placed numerous lamps to ensure every corner was lit up. She kept her husband awake by narrating stories and singing songs. When the snake arrived, his eyes got blinded by the bright lights reflecting from the gold heap.
So, it made him impossible to enter the room. The snake sat on the heap of ornaments and coins and listened to the wife’s songs throughout the night. In the morning, he left the palace. In this way, the prince’s wife saved his life. Since then, Dhanteras also came to be known as Yamadeepdaan. Following the tradition, even today people like to light up lamps in the night.
Related: Dhanteras wishes.
How is Dhanteras Celebrated?: Celebrations
On this day, people like to decorate their homes and place/make goddess Lakshmi’s little feet with artificial or homemade rangoli with rice flour, etc. They place it at the entrance of the house and temple. Rangolis are very popular in Indian festivals whether it is Diwali, Pongal, etc. Diya is also placed in the center or the specific place assigned for it in the rangolis.
A part of society observes fast and do pooja in the evening at around Sunset. Some followers place seven grains in front of goddess Lakshmi’s idol/picture to seek her blessings. People believe it to be a sacred day to buy silver and gold coins/utensils. They consider it as a sign of bringing in the good luck into the house. Lighting diyas is considered to getting rid of evil/negative forces/energies.
Let’s get to the Dhanteras Puja Vidhi. Check: Dhanters images.
Dhanteras 2018: Prasad and Bhog Offered
Puris and sweets are the most common form of offerings made to Goddess Laxmi. In some regions, people to offer a mixture of equal parts of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt, and milk, popularly known as Panchamrit.
Dhanteras Puja Vidhi and Muhurat Timings
- Dhanteras Puja Muhurta = 18:20 to 20:17
Duration = 1 Hour 57 Mins
Pradosh Kaal = 17:42 to 20:17
Vrishabha Kaal = 18:20 to 20:18
Trayodashi Tithi Starts = 01:24 on 5/Nov/2018
Trayodashi Tithi Ends = 23:46 on 5/Nov/2018
It is recommended to perform Dhanteras puja vidhi / Lakshmi Puja during Pradosh Kaal which begins after sunset.
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