The festival of Dhanteras derives its name from the amalgamation of “Dhan” meaning wealth and “Teras” signifying the 13th day. It marks the commencement of the Diwali festivities, a time when individuals honor the deities associated with wealth and prosperity.Hindu scriptures instruct worshipping Goddess Laxmi and Lord Kuber on this highly auspicious day, considered significant in the Hindu religion. Legend holds that Devi Laxmi and Lord Kuber emerged alongside other treasures during the churning of the ocean or the Samudra Manthan.
Celebrations on Dhanteras involve acquiring gold, silver, new vehicles, houses, clothing, utensils, and various other essential items. Apart from these material acquisitions, the primary aspect of the festival revolves around worshipping the deities. In several regions of India, Dhanteras is commemorated in honor of Lord “Dhanwantari Jayanti,” revered as the God of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanwantri is worshipped through traditional rituals and the performance of shadoshopchara Vidhi. Devotees believe that earnest worship of Lord Dhanwantri can alleviate suffering and diseases.
Dhanteras, falling on the Trayodashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik, heralds the auspicious Diwali festival. In 2023, this significant festival is set to be celebrated on November 10.
Pradosh Kaal 05:09 PM to 07:42 PM
Vrishabha Kaal 05:27 PM to 07:27 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Begins 12:35 PM on Nov 10, 2023 Trayodashi Tithi Ends 01:57 PM on Nov 11, 2023
Dhanteras Puja Muhurat 05:27 PM to 07:27 PM
The day of Dhanteras holds special rituals, such as the worship of Goddess Lakshmi during “Sthir Lagan,” deemed auspicious for ensuring the continuous presence of the goddess of wealth in one’s home, especially during the Pradosh Kaal. Dhanteras is particularly dedicated to Lakshmi Puja.
As evening descends, participants light Diyas, such as the Yamadeepam, positioned outside their homes in honor of Lord Yama. This action is believed to dispel malevolent spirits and safeguard the family from premature demise.
Dhanteras is a day celebrated by purchasing new items such as gold, silver, and utensils. It is also accompanied by the devout worship of Goddess Laxmi, Lord Kuber, and Lord Dhanvantri, bestowing blessings and prosperity upon the celebrants.