All You Need to Know About Dhanteras 2020
We all know the occasion is approaching for Dhanteras and Diwali. But are we really sure of what the festival really entails, and how did it happen? Here is a description, along with the favourable timing of the puja, of the roots of Dhanteras.
As per Hindu mythology, during the Pradosh Kaal (best muhurta for Lakshmi puja), Lakshmi Puja should be performed at the Dhanteras. After sunset, puja will start and end for the next 1 hour and 43 minutes. Dhanwantari Triodasi, Dhanvantri Jayanti Puja, Yamadeep and Dhantrayodashi are other common names for Dhanteras puja.
What Is Dhanteras?
The first-day celebration of the five days is Dhanteras, during the long Diwali festival celebrations. The purpose of Dhanteras is, according to the Hindu lunar calendar, the worship of riches on the 13th day of the month of Ashvin. People buy precious items and bring them home in the belief that Goddess Lakshmi will bless them.
How to Celebrate Dhanteras?
In general , people repair their houses, do thorough cleaning and decorate their homes in and out. Rangolis, light candles, and diyas are also made. In order to bring riches and prosperity to their homes, people have set up footprints of the Goddess Lakshmi. After sunset, people give prosperity, wisdom and well-being with rose, marigold offerings, and gifts along with ghee diya, dhoop, incense, camphor and more, to the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh puja. For the lord, people chant mantras, bhakti songs, and arti.
Puja Muhurta 2020
The time for puja is from 6:05 pm to 8:00 pm. The entire length of the puja will be between 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Dhanteras Stories & Legends
The legend behind the celebration of Dhanteras is the storey of King Hima’s 16-year-old son. On the 4th day of his union, he saw his death from a snake bite. His wife was really wise and came up with a way to save her husband’s life. On that special day, she did not allow her husband to sleep. She had gathered loads of her own gold and silver ornaments and coins and made a heap at the door of her bedroom and lit up lamps everywhere in the room. In order to keep her husband awake, she recited the storeys.
The God of Death, Yama or Yamaraj, in the shape of a serpent, had arrived there. Suddenly, because of the lamps and jewellery, his eyes began to dazzle. He was unable to reach the room. So, he climbed through the heap of coins. But after listening to the prince’s wife’s tune, he sat there all night long. And it was morning, and slowly, and he left without taking her husband.
The ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar, another legend behind the celebration of Diwali. Dhanvantari (known as the physician of the gods and the personification of Lord Vishnu) had emerged from the ocean churning with a jar of elixir. They celebrate the same day as the Dhanteras.
During this festival, according to Hindu mythology, there are a variety of rituals and practises practised by the Hindus. Buying gold or silver coins, jewellery, new utensils or other new items is considered to be auspicious. People think that taking new things home is a hint that Lakshmi is coming home all year long.
People decorate their cattle and worship in villages as they regard them as their main source of income. As an embodiment of the Goddess Lakshmi, South Indians bid decorated cows.
In some areas, when performing puja, seven cereals like wheat, gramme, barley, urad, moong and masoor dal are worshipped. Flowers and sweets are given to the Mata Lakshmi during puja.
Dhanteras Puja Vidhi and Rituals
The Diwali festival of lights is essentially the observance of five days; which begins with the Dhanteras prominent day. People also call Dhanteras as Dhantrayodashi Dwadashi, Trayodashi Dhanvantari or Deepam Yama. This is the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi who is famous among her ardent followers as the Goddess of Riches and Prosperity. This day is marked by ‘Dhanvantari Trayodashi’ or ‘Dhantrayodashi’. This is also the birthday of the God of Health and Healing – Dhanvantari. In Hinduism, he is worshipped as the Kuber Deity. Dhanteras comes from two Hindi words “Dhan” , meaning wealth & “teras”, meaning ‘Thirteenth’. This is because it the thirteenth day of the Kartik month. It is solemnised as the 1st or 2nd day of the Diwali. This depends on the Hindu lunar calendar.
Rituals of Dhanteras – A proper Puja Vidhi
Here are the right puja vidhi and Dhanteras rituals.
- People observe Dhanteras throughout the world with complete devotion, fervor, and excitement. People start decorating their homes, Rangoli offices, lights, diyas, etc. from this day on.
- Maa Lakshmi is the Goddess of Riches and Prosperity. People welcome her on this day by drawing small footprints on the entrance of the house and temple with rice flour and vermilion powder.
We hope that you have a wonderful Dhanteras and a very happy Diwali. We wish that this year brings endless happiness and merriments for you and your family members.