Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated primarily in Northern & Western part of India. The festival, known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”. The word Dhana means wealth and Trayodashi means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Aaswayuja in the Amaavasyanta Luni-Solar Calendar.On Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on this day. Lord Kubera, the God of assets and wealth is also worshipped on this day.
Diwali Dhanteras 2017 Puja, Date, Shubh Muhurat and Significance
1. Dhanteras Date
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
2. Dhanteras 2017 Muhurat
Dhanteras Puja Muhurat: 19:21:29 to 20:20:44
Prados Kaal Muhurat: 17:50:03 to 20:20:44
3. Dhanteras Significance
Just like any Indian festival, Dhanteras has a legend associated with it. Though there are a couple of stories associated with it, however, the story of the 16-year-old son of King Hima is perhaps the most popular one. It is said that as per his horoscope, he was destined to die by a snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On the fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She built a heap of her gold ornaments and silver coins at the entrance of their bedroom and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. She ensured each and every corner of the room was well-lit and that there were no dark corners. In order to keep him wide awake, she sang songs and narrated stories.
When the god of death, Yam arrived disguised as a serpent, his eyes got blinded by the bright lights placed in the room and so he couldn’t enter the chamber. All he could do is to sit on the heap of ornaments and coins whole night and listen to the prince’s wife’s melodious songs. Early in the morning, he left the palace. Thus, the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since that day, Dhanteras came to be known as the day of Yamadeepdaan. Even today, some people keep lamps burning through the night on Dhanteras.
To worship Dhanvantri and Lakshmi Ganesha on Dhanteras, first, take a wooden piece and mark it as a swastika. After that, put the oil on the pate and keep the spray of Ganges water nearby. Rinse the lamp and place the rice oil in it. Add some sweet to Deepak and enjoy it, then offer some money to goddess Lakshmi and Ganesh God. Put the lamp in the south direction on the main entrance with the blessings of the lamp.
Mainly puris and sweets are prepared in order to offer it to Goddess Lakshmi. A mixture made by mixing equal parts of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt, and milk called Panchamrit is offered to the deity in some regions.