Dhanteras

Dhanteras
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Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi. It is a celebrated Hindu festival where devotees worship the Hindu God of the Ayurvedic sciences of medicine, called Dhanvantari. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This year, the festival will fall on the 23rd of October, as per the Gregorian calendar.

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All About the Dhanteras Festival

The name of the festival is derived from two words, “Dhan,” which means wealth, and the word “Teras,” which refers to the number thirteen. This festival is observed each year on the thirteenth day during the Krishna Paksha phase of the moon, in the month of Ashwin, according to the Hindu Panchang. This is a festival where devotees worship the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Laxmi, seeking her blessings to fill their homes with abundance.

How to Perform Dhanteras Puja?

This festival has a lot of relevance in the religion of Hinduism, and as a result, the puja vidhi for this day is very important. Let us see how to appease Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi for seeking affluence in your lives-

  •  Bathe Lord Ganesha and apply a paste of Sandalwood on him.
  • Cover the idol in a red cloth and offer flowers to the Lord. Chant the following mantra to seek his blessings: 

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥

  • Make an offering of fruits and sweets along with flowers to Lord Kuber, the God of wealth. Chant the following mantra to appease him:

 ओम यक्षाय कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय धनधान्यपदये

धना-धनाय समुद्भूतं मे देहि दापय स्वाहा ।

  • On a wooden chowki, place a Kalash filled with Ganga Jal. Add betel nuts, coins, flowers, and rice to the Kalash.
  • Make a pile of rice and place the idol of Goddess Laxmi on it. Businessmen should also put their account books next to the idol of the Goddess.
  • Offer her flowers, turmeric, vermilion, and light a Diya. Chant the following mantra to seek the blessings of the Goddess: 

ओम श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं श्रीं कमले कमलालये प्रसीद प्रसीद ओम श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं महालक्ष्म्यै नमः ।

  • Perform the Laxmi puja on this day using Vedic rituals and offer gold and silver jewelry as well as utensils bought on the day of trayodashi tithi to the Gods.
  • Perform aarti and join both hands to pray for the prosperity of your loved ones.

Astrological Benefit of Dhanteras Festival

For centuries this day has been celebrated not only to worship Goddess Laxmi and God Dhanvantari to seek prosperity in life but also to pay respects to the God of Death, Lord Yamraj. Astrologically, it is believed that buying gold on the Trayodashi tithi can appease Lord Yamraj, preventing devotees from experiencing Akaal Mrityu or dying prematurely. It is for this reason, astrologers suggest lighting an oil lamp outside the entrance of your home in the name of Lord Yamraj, seeking his protection from death and disasters.

Significance of Dhanteras Festival

Celebrating the festival of Dhantrayodashi, Hindus across the country go out to purchase jewelry and utensils on this day to attract luck and prosperity into their homes. This festival is usually celebrated one or two days prior to the biggest festival of the Hindus, Diwali.

As per the popular story of the famous Samudra Manthan, it was on the day of Dhantrayodashi that Goddess Laxmi emerged out of the churning of the sea. It is for this reason the Goddess Laxmi is worshipped every year on the Trayodashi tithi.

Furthermore, another legend states that when the Devtas and the Asuras were fighting during the Samudra Manthan for Amrit or the elixir of life, Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurvedic medicine, emerged, carrying the elixir of immortality on the date of this festival. He is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and it is due to these reasons that this festival is celebrated as Dhanvantri Jayanti across the nation.

Rituals Performed on Dhanteras Festival

Devotees celebrate this day with a lot of enthusiasm as they gear up for the festival of Diwali the next day. Here are some of the most prominent rituals of this day that are celebrated all around the nation-

  • It is believed that buying a broom on the Dhanteras dates and time is a marker of luck as it cleans out the negativity from the house, making room for positivity and abundance.
  • New things are bought on this day. There is a special onus on buying gold and silver jewelry on this auspicious occasion. They say, “you attract abundance using abundance,” and hence the tradition of buying precious metals is so popular on this day.
  • On this day, it is believed that one must not give away things and rather buy gifts for themselves and their house. This is said to attract and increase the affluence of one’s home.
  • Buying salt on this day is an important ritual, and the salt bought on this auspicious day is to be used to prepare the delectable feast of Diwali. Furthermore, sprinkling salt while cleaning the house with the new broom is also said to rid the house of all negativities.
  • People also buy coriander seeds on this day as a marker of good health and wealth.
  • Goddess Laxmi’s favorite Gomti Chakra is also bought on this day. It is said to attract bountiful wealth into the house and is ideal for maintaining the peace and tranquility of the home.

Legends Associated with Dhanteras

Just like most Hindu festivals, this day too finds references in Hindu mythology. According to the scriptures, the story behind Dhanteras is quite interesting. As per the story, an ancient ruler named Hima found out that his son would die when an astrologer looked at his horoscope. He predicted that the son would die four days after getting married due to a snake bite. To turn fate around, his wife made sure that her husband did not fall asleep by narrating stories to him all night.

She laid out all her gold and jewelry at the entrance of his room to distract the snake. When Lord Yamraj appeared in the disguise of a snake to take his life, he was enchanted by all the gold. He, therefore, did not enter the chamber of the King’s son and left the next morning, sparing the life of the prince. Since that day, people have bought gold jewelry on this day to not only attract prosperity into their lives but also to appease the God of Death, Yamraj.

This festival is all about attracting positivity and good vibes into the house on this propitious day, and everyone should partake in it with open hearts to welcome Goddess Laxmi and her blessings into their lives!

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