Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi is the first day of the grand and splendid Diwali festivities. The festival of Dhanteras marks the beginning of the celebrations of Diwali.
In this article, we'll get to know more about this auspicious occasion.
This year Dhanteras will fall on 2nd November 2021 (Tuesday). The auspicious date and time for Dhanteras 2021 are given below.
The auspicious occasion of Dhanteras is observed on the thirteenth day or Trayodashi tithi of the Krishna Paksha during the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. As per the Gregorian calendar, this pious occasion is celebrated around mid-October to November. The word 'Dhanteras' is a combination of two words- 'Dhan' meaning 'wealth or money' and 'Teras' meaning thirteen, which is why this occasion is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month. Dhanteras is observed across the country one or two days before Diwali- the festival of lights.
As per Hindu mythology, Dhanteras is also considered to be auspicious. It is believed that on this day, during 'Samudra Manthan' (churning of the ocean), Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the sea with other treasures. As Dhanteras is a festival of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Lord Kuber, who is known as the treasurer of the world, are worshipped by the devotees with complete devotion. On this auspicious day, devotees offer prayers to the divine Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber to seek blessings. They pray for their prosperity, wealth, success, and the well-being of their loved ones.
In some regions of India, Dhanteras is also celebrated as 'Dhanvantari Jayanti,' which is the birth anniversary of 'Dhanvantari,' the God of Ayurveda. Devotees worship Lord Dhanvantari as it is believed he helped humankind by imparting the knowledge and wisdom of Ayurveda to help cure horrible diseases.
On the evening of Dhanteras, there is a tradition of lighting diyas or lamps outside the house at the main entrance. This ritual of lighting thirteen diyas is done for Lord Yama or Yamraj, the God of Death. Women of the house should light the diyas for Lord Yamraj. It is believed that lighting a Diya will ward off all evils. It will also make Yamraj happy, and he will ensure that the untimely death of any family members is prevented. The lamps are a way to pay obeisance to Lord Yama. As per the Hindu tradition of Deep Daan or Deepam daan, the diyas should be kept through the night to honour the God of Death
On Dhanteras, there is a tradition of shopping. It is believed that shopping on this occasion brings happiness and prosperity to the house. Buying precious metals like gold or silver on the day of Dhanteras is considered a sign of welcoming or 'bringing in' Goddess Lakshmi in your homes, which means bringing wealth and prosperity into your homes. It is also commonly believed that purchasing items on this auspicious day will bring fortune, prosperity, and good health into people's lives. Buying new utensils, gold coins, and jewellery on Dhanteras brings good luck to your family. People also purchase vehicles and electronic items on this occasion. A lot of people bring home a new vehicle. However, you should make the complete payment for your vehicle in advance. Avoid paying for your vehicle on Dhanteras.
On the occasion of Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Lord Dhanvantari, and Lord Kuber are all worshipped to attain an abundance of blessings and wealth. Performing Puja in the evening on Dhanteras brings happiness and prosperity. Given below is the Dhanteras Puja Vidhi.
First of all, spread a red-coloured cloth on the chowki or pedestal. Then, sprinkle Gangajal (water from the Ganges) on it and install the idols or pictures of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kuber, and Lord Dhanvantari. Apart from worshipping these deities, Lord Ganesha is also worshipped.
Offer fruits, rice, roli, and sandalwood to all the deities.
After this, light a Deepak or lamp filled with desi ghee in front of the idols or pictures of the deities. Also, burn incense sticks, and start worshipping.
After this, offer red flowers to the idols.
Make sure to offer white sweets to Lord Kuber and yellow sweets to Lord Dhanvantari as prasad. Yellow things are very dear to Lord Dhanvantari.
Then keep whatever jewellery, metal, or utensils that you have brought on this day. If you have not purchased anything, you can keep the gold or silver jewellery present at your home.
After this, recite Lakshmi Stotra, Lakshmi Chalisa, and Kuber Stotra. Chant the mantras of Goddess Lakshmi while worshipping.
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According to astrologers, special yogas are being formed on Dhanteras 2021. If shopping is done according to these special yogas, it is considered very auspicious. Tripushkar Yoga is being formed on the day of Dhanteras. It is believed that those who shop in this yoga are bound to get lucky. Shopping in Tripushkar Yoga is considered auspicious. According to the scriptures, you gain three times more profit if you shop during this auspicious time. If you buy a house, vehicle, or jewellery in this yoga, then there are good chances that you will gain three times more in the future than what you invested.
Apart from Tripushkar Yoga, Labh Amrit Yoga is also being formed on Dhanteras. This yoga is best for buying things from the market on this occasion.
The festival of Dhanteras indicates prosperity and wealth among the devotees. People celebrate this occasion by worshipping Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi. Many people make it a point to buy gold, silver, or other auspicious things on this favourable day.
According to your zodiac sign, here are the things that you can buy on Dhanteras.
Aries: People under this zodiac sign should buy silver utensils. This will be beneficial for them. As Lord Kubera will be pleased with you buying silver, there is a possibility of an immense increase in your wealth.
Taurus: Taureans should buy silver items or jewellery. It will prove to be quite auspicious for Taurus natives to buy silver items to boost their wealth.
Gemini: People under this zodiac sign should buy gold jewellery. Along with this, purchasing green-coloured household items will be fruitful for them. It is believed that buying jewellery ensures wealth in the house, and the blessings of Lord Dhanvantari will shower on you.
Cancer: Cancerians can purchase a silver Shree Yantra on Dhanteras. No matter what you buy after the Shree Yantra, it will be auspicious for you. Also, Goddess Lakshmi will bless you, and your safe will never be empty.
Leo: It is considered auspicious for Leo natives to buy gold items, such as gold coins, ornaments, and utensils on Dhanteras. This year Goddess Lakshmi's unwavering grace will bless you.
Virgo: Virgos should purchase items made out of bronze and ivory. By buying these items, your wealth will increase. It will also be profitable for you if you invest your money in a proper place.
Libra: Libra natives should buy things related to beauty, such as perfumes and gold and silver jewellery. They must buy silver coins or silver jewellery, which will bring them prosperity, and Goddess Lakshmi's blessings will be with them.
Scorpio: People belonging to the Scorpio sign should buy gold ornaments and coins or copper utensils. There is also a possibility of an immense increase in your wealth if you purchase brass items on Dhanteras.
Sagittarius: People born under this zodiac sign can buy vehicles. Silver is considered quite auspicious for the Sagittarius natives; hence buying silver jewellery, silver utensils, or silver coins can bring prosperity to your home.
Capricorn: For Capricorn natives, it will be quite auspicious to buy vehicles and silver and steel utensils. However, you should keep in mind that if you buy a vehicle, make the payment a day in advance. Making big payments on Dhanteras is not considered auspicious.
Aquarius: Saturn is the lord of Aquarius, which is why it will be auspicious and highly fruitful for you to buy silver and steel utensils. You can also deposit your money in the banks on this day, as it will ensure Lord Kuber showers his blessings on you.
Pisces: People born under the Pisces sign should purchase silver utensils or jewellery. Silver is considered auspicious for Pisces natives. On Dhanteras, you will get promising results by purchasing silver jewellery or silver coins, and Lord Kuber's grace will be with you.
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By- Team Astroyogi