Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi, is an auspicious Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the much-awaited Diwali festivities. Falling on the Trayodashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik, Dhanteras is celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm across the country.

This significant day, observed on November 10 this year, holds immense cultural and religious importance in Hinduism.

Why Is It Celebrated?

Dhanteras is a celebration of spiritual victory, and the Diwali festivities, spanning over five or six days, commence with Dhanteras and conclude with Bhai Dooj. On this day, devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kubera, and Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda and health, seeking blessings for wealth, prosperity, and well-being.

Significance Of Dhanteras

The origins of Dhanteras can be traced back to the churning of the milk ocean (Samudra Manthan) in Hindu mythology, during which Goddess Lakshmi emerged, signifying wealth and fortune.

Lord Kubera, the God of wealth, and Lord Dhanvantari are also worshipped on this day. It is believed that purchasing new items, especially gold and silver, during the auspicious muhurat brings good fortune and prosperity to the household.

Dhanteras Rituals

The evening of Dhanteras is considered highly auspicious for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. After sunset, devotees perform a Lakshmi puja, recite the sacred Dhanteras Katha, and light oil lamps to welcome the goddess into their homes. Intricate rangoli patterns, created using vermilion and rice flour, adorn the entryways.

Purchasing new items during the auspicious muhurat ensures blessings of good fortune throughout the year. Items like copper utensils, Kuber Yantra, brass elephants, and even brooms are considered lucky and believed to attract Goddess Lakshmi’s favour.

Puja Muhurat & Timings

The Dhanteras Puja Muhurat for 2023 is from 5:47 PM to 7:43 PM, lasting for approximately 1 hour and 56 minutes. During this time, devotees can worship the deities and make purchases for a prosperous future.

As families come together to celebrate this auspicious occasion, the festival serves as a reminder of the importance of faith, gratitude, and the joy of giving.

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