Yes, the air of festivity is everywhere! With Dhanteras, the five-day-long celebrations of Diwali begin with much joy and revelry. The homes and businesses have been illuminated with dazzling lights. Everyone is looking forward to bringing new purchases home and beginning the festivities by seeking the deities' blessings. Continue reading to learn about the accurate Puja Muhurat and tips for having the best Dhanteras celebration in 2022.
Deepavali, or Diwali, is the most anticipated festival of the year for Indians. The days leading to Deepavali and those following the festival are equally significant. Have you noticed that Deepavali celebrations start a couple of days before the festival and stretch beyond for a day or two afterward? Yes, the five-day celebration of Diwali begins with the Dhanteras festival, which falls this year on Saturday, 22nd October 2022.
Let us look at the Dhanteras Muhurat, or auspicious timeline, before discussing its significance.
The Dhanteras timings given below are as per Delhi, India.
Note: The timings can change depending on your geographical location. So, it is best recommended that you refer to the Panchang for the correct timings.
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Dhanteras falls on the Trayodashi (13th day) of Krishna Paksha in the Kartik month. Though the Trayodashi starts on 22nd October 2022, the major portion of the 13th day is on 23rd October 2022. Hence, Dhanteras 2022 starts on the 22nd of October and continues the next day till the 23rd of October. The festival of Diwali falls two days after Dhanteras, i.e., on the Amavasya following Dhanteras.
Dhanteras combines two words, Dhan (signifying wealth) and Teras (meaning the 13th day). So, Hindus worship Kubera (God of wealth) and Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) for wealth and prosperity on this day. Some regions also worship Lord Dhanwantri, the God of Ayurveda, for good health and long life during Dhanteras. Legend states that Dhanteras was the day when Lord Dhanwantri acquired the Amrit Kalash, or the pot of nectar, during the Saagar Manthan. Hence, this festival is also celebrated as Dhantrayodashi and Dhanwantri Jayanti.
There are many stories about Dhanteras, varying from region to region. Many places in India celebrate Dhanteras as Yama Trayodashi. The interesting story goes somewhat like this.
There once was an ancient king named Hima. The king had a son who was doomed to die of snakebite four days after his wedding. So, the king was worried. The newlywed bride of the prince had a smart idea to keep Yama (lord of death) at bay. She didn't let the prince sleep on that particular day and lit lamps and lanterns inside the palace. She placed heaps of jewels, gold and silver coins, and gems outside the prince’s sleeping chamber.
Yama came disguised as a snake to take the prince’s life. But he was dazzled and impressed by the display of wealth and lights in the palace. He sat on the heap of jewels and listened to the bride’s songs and stories the whole night. Yama slithered away silently in the morning without taking the prince’s soul. Hence, the tradition of purchasing gold and silver coins and ornaments started during Dhanteras.
Another story is connected to the Saagar Manthan or the legendary churning of the Milky Ocean. Lord Dhanwantri, the God of Ayurveda, emerged from the ocean holding the pot containing the nectar of immortality. So, Dhanteras is also celebrated as Dhanwantri Jayanti.
We have seen that people worship Kubera, Lakshmi, and Dhanwantri on Dhanteras. The auspicious Puja timings or the Dhanteras Puja Muhurat is on 22nd October 2022 from 07:01 PM to 08:17 PM. This period of one hour and sixteen minutes is the right time to perform the Dhanteras Puja. According to the Panchang, the Sthir Lagna is the ideal time for the Puja. The Sthir Lagna signifies that Lakshmi will bless you abundantly if you perform the Puja during this Muhurat. Business communities hold this Puja in great esteem and celebrate the festival with enthusiasm and fanfare.
Dhanteras celebrations start many days before the actual day of the festival. People clean their homes and offices to remove all clutter and decorate them with flowers, Rangoli, and lamps. They decorate every house’s entrance with beautiful Rangoli designs and imprint Goddess Lakshmi’s footprints at the entrance and the door. It signifies inviting Goddess Lakshmi to visit their homes and reside there permanently. Dhanteras is the festival where people worship deities Lord Dhanwantri, along with Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera. Therefore, this festival celebrates good fortune, prosperity, abundance, and health. So, ancient Hindu scriptures advise us to worship Lord Dhanwantri with Shodashopachara, an extensive traditional ritual consisting of 16 distinct worship procedures that are followed during the worship of Lord Ganesha. It includes the following.
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One should note the Dhanteras shopping Muhurat and know when and how to buy it during the festival. Dhanteras is the right time to purchase pots and pans, as it signifies the pot of elixir brought out by Lord Dhanwantri during the Saagar Manthan. People can buy precious silver and gold jewelry, coins, utensils, idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi (made of clay or metal), electronic items, etc., on Dhanteras and seek Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings.
While knowing what to buy during Dhanteras is important, knowing what not to buy is just as important. Therefore, here are some tips of Dhanteras that everyone should know.
Dhanteras is an important festival in the Hindu calendar. It signifies the worshiping of Goddess Lakshmi for eternal prosperity and Lord Dhanwantri for their well-being. The festival falls two days before Deepavali. Therefore, note the Dhanteras 2022 timing and dates carefully and mark them in your calendar to celebrate the festival properly.
May you have a wonderful and blessed Dhanteras 2022!
Astroyogi wishes you a Happy Dhanteras!
✍️By- Team Astroyogi