Author: Vivek Sharma
Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated primarily in Northern & Western part of India. The festival, known as “Diwali Festival” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”. The word Dhana means wealth and Trayodashi means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwayuja .
On Dhan Teras, 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. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word ‘Dhan’ literally means wealth and ‘Tera’ comes from the date 13th (trayodashi in Sanskrit and Teras in Hindi). In the evening, the lamp is lit and Dhan-Lakshmi is welcomed into the house.
Alpana or Rangoli designs are drawn on pathways including the goddess’ footprints to mark the arrival of Lakshmi. Aartis or devotional hymns are sung eulogizing Goddess Lakshmi and sweets and fruits are offered to her.
On Dhan Teras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. “Lakshmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. “Bhajans”, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi, are also sung. In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income.
Dhanteras Puja Timing:
Dhanteras Puja Muhurta = 17:35 to 18:20 *(without sthir lagna)
Duration = 0 Hour 45 Mins
Pradosh Kaal = 17:35 to 20:11
Vrishabha Kaal = 18:35 to 20:30
Trayodashi Tithi Starts = 16:15 on 27th Oct’ 2016
Trayodashi Tithi Ends = 18:20 on 28th Oct’ 2016
Time: 24-hour clock in Indian Standard
Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset.
Pradosh Kaal is the best time for Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras, when Sthir Lagna prevails. Sthir means fixed i.e. not moveable. If Dhanteras Puja is done during Sthir Lagna, Lakshmiji will stay in your home; hence this time is the best for Dhanteras Pujan. Vrishabha Lagna is considered as Sthir and mostly overlaps with Pradosh Kaal during Diwali festivity.
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