The 13th lunar day of the Krishna Paksha of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar is called Dhanteras. In Hindi, “Dhan” means wealth, and “teras” means thirteenth. So, this day is celebrated as the day of wealth, prosperity, and happiness. Also, it marks the beginning of the five-day Diwali festival that concludes on “Bhai Dooj”.
by Shalini Agrawal
Why We Celebrate Dhanteras?
Mythology relates Dhanteras to the churning of the cosmic ocean (Sagar Manthan) by Gods and Devils. All worldly things were emerging from Sagar Manthan and on this day, Goddess Lakshmi emerged to bless the world with wealth and prosperity. From that day, “Dhanteras” is celebrated to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
Another story relates Dhanteras to the birth of Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda and health. Dhanvantari blesses devotees of health and well-being. People also worship Lord Kubera, the treasurer of the gods, on Dhanteras. It is believed that celebrating Dhanteras brings wealth and prosperity.
How To Celebrate Dhanteras?
Dhanteras is celebrated by shopping for gold and silver ornaments and worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kubera, and Lord Dhanvantari at their homes and offices. People buy new clothes, vehicles, properties, and other assets on this day and believe that buying goods will please Goddess Lakshmi and bring wealth and prosperity to their lives.
For Lakshmi Puja, people light earthen lamps in their homes, especially on their doors. It is to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. Also, they offer sweets to the goddess and seek her blessings. Since it is the beginning of Diwali, the festival of light, people light their homes with decorative lights.
Auspicious Time Of Lakshmi Puja On Dhanteras In Your City
New Delhi: 05:47 PM to 07:43 PM
Mumbai: 06:20 PM to 08:20 PM
Chennai: 06:00 PM to 08:02 PM
Kolkata: 05:13 PM to 07:11 PM
Bengaluru: 06:10 PM to 08:13 PM
Pune: 06:17 PM to 08:17 PM
Ahmedabad: 06:15 PM to 08:13 PM
Chandigarh: 05:45 PM to 07:39 PM
I bow down to God Dhanvantari (Adideva), who is worshipped by gods and demons. He destroys ageing, diseases, fear, and death. He nourishes this world and possesses knowledge about various medicinal plants.
मैं भगवान धन्वंतरि को विनम्र अभिवादन करता हूँ। वे देवताओं और राक्षसों द्वारा पूजे जाते हैं। उनमें बुढ़ापे, बीमारियों, भय और मृत्यु का नाश करने की शक्तियाँ हैं। भगवान धन्वंतरि पृथ्वी की पोषणा करते हैं और विभिन्न औषधीय पौधों के बारे में विशेष ज्ञान रखते हैं।