2nd November (Tuesday)
Dhanteras Tithi - Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
Dhanteras Puja Muhurat - Evening 06:18 to 08:10 pm
Pradosh Kaal - Evening 05:32 to 08:10 pm
Vrishabha Kaal - Evening 06:18 to 08:13 pm
Dhanteras is the festival celebrated before Diwali, it is the first day of the grand Diwali. According to the Hindu Lunar calendar, Dhanteras is celebrated in the month of Kartik, the Krishna Paksha on the thirteenth day. This year Dhanteras will be celebrated on 2nd November according to the Hindu calendar.
Dhanteras festival is announced as the National Ayurveda Day on 28th October 2016 by the Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy, since the Ayurveda is still in use for centuries. Ayurveda is used to cure diseases or any illness around the world. Lord Dhanvantari, the god of Ayurveda is also worshipped on this occasion. Hindus believe that the god of Ayurveda, Lord Dhanvantari helped mankind by giving the wisdom of Ayurveda, and because of that human can cure diseases
Meaning of Dhanteras
The word Dhanteras is defined as ‘Dhan’ which is ‘money or wealth’, and ‘Teras’ implies the ‘thirteenth day’, as this day is the thirteenth day of the lunar calendar. On this day the goddess of Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh is worshipped by the people. People believe that this is the day when the goddess of Lakshmi came out of the ocean, while the other gods and evils perform “Samundra Manthan”.
Besides this, some people also worship the god of wealth, Kuber for their prosperity.
Significance of Dhanteras
Dhanteras festival is celebrated on the first day of the five days celebrations of Diwali.
Dhanteras have a significant part of Hindu festivals, it is associated with joy and prosperity. On this day people are enthusiastic since it is the beginning of the Diwali festival.
It is believed that bringing new things of silver or gold or any other things, is bringing Lakshmi to the home which means bringing wealth or property to the home, believing that this will bring good fortune to the family in the coming years.
Legends Associated with the festival
Based on Hindu mythology, there is an interesting story associated with this festival. It is about a sixteen-year-old son of King Hima. It was forecasted that the Prince would be bitten by a snake after four days of his marriage and would die. So, on that particular night, the wife of the prince filled the entrance of the chamber with gold and silver ornaments. And she stayed up all night telling him stories and singing songs to keep the prince awake the whole night. All the jewelry and the ornaments at the entrance of the chamber blurred and fascinated Yama, the god of death, and decided to leave the price and let him live.
The next day was celebrated, as the price was not harmed or dead. And this is celebrated as the festival of Dhanteras.
Celebrations on the day of Dhanteras
As the name says ‘Dhan’, on this day the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is worshipped. The Hindu family believers, get up early and keep the house clean for the arrival of the goddess and also the beginning of the Diwali festival. On this day people invest in bringing new ornaments or coins of gold and silver or gemstones, or things made of any metal. Also, many of them wait for this day to buy new things. It may be gold or any metals or automobiles or any expensive thing.
All the family members in the evening come together and pray to Lord Ganesh and goddess Lakshmi. On this occasion, a special recipe Marundhu is prepared and is first offered to the gods before they eat it. Madhu is a traditional recipe and is a type of Ayurvedic medicine. This recipe helps in balancing any imbalances in the body.
After the celebrations of the Dhanteras festival, the next day is the Naraka Chaturdashi. In Sanskrit the word ‘Naraka’ is hell and ‘Chaturdashi’ is the fourteenth day. This day is also known as ‘Yamadeepdaan’. On this day female members lighten the whole house with earthen lamps burning all night, this is to glorify Yama, the god of death. This is the day before the festival Diwali and can also be known as ‘Chotti Diwali’.
Divine Offerings and Dishes on Dhanteras
Every Hindu festival has a tradition of serving delicious food, each festival has some special dish to prepare and serve. Different dishes prepared on Dhanteras are as follows:
1. Sweets - Kheer, Aate Ka Halwa (Lapsi), Gulab Jamun, Panchamrit, and Boondi Ka Laddoo.
2. Snacks - Namak Para, Murukku, Besan Sev, Ribbon Pakoda, Paneer Tikka and Mathri.
3. Meals - Veg Pulao, Palak Paneer, Aloo Gobhi and Puri.
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This occasion is performed during the Muhurat time mentioned in the online astrology. The days and dates of Muhurat timing can differ from place-to-place depending upon the sunrise and sunset time.
We Wish Our Readers A Very Happy & Safe Dhanteras