Dhanteras: The festival Dhanteras which is an important part of the Diwali is all set to rejoice and celebrate the festival of lights, Deepawali.
Dhanteras marks the starting of the five days long Diwali carnival which commemorates the homecoming of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
Dhanteras is a fortunate occasion and on this day devotees worship the Goddess Lakshmi, the forerunner of wealth and prosperity in the family.
The day Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantri Jayanti, it literally translates to ‘Dhan’ which stands for wealth and ‘teras’ means ‘the thirteenth day’. The sacred carnival falls on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Kartik, which is 2 days prior to Diwali.
Dhanteras 2017: History and Significance of the carnival
Dhanteras is a Hindu festival and there are some legends we are having associated with it.
Though there are a couple of stories associated with it, the tail of the 16-year-old son of King Hima is probably the more popular and the relevant one.
As per his horoscope, he was destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage by a snake bite. So on the fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep.
She built a mountain with her all gold ornaments and silver coins at the entrance area of their bedroom. She also lighted massive lamps all over the place. She did this to make sure that in the whole room there will be no dark corner.
In order to keep her husband awake, she sings songs for him as we all narrate some stories to him.
When Yama the god of death, come disguised as a serpent, his eyes got blinded by the bright lights placed in the room and because with the gold jewelry the road of the room was blocked, he even failed to enter the room.
In fact, when he failed to enter the room, the Yama, in fact, take a seat on the heap of coins and ornaments as well he listens to the prince’s wife’s melodious songs. After sunrise, he left the palace.
In this way, the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. That is why the day Dhanteras is also known as the day of Yamadeepdaan. Even today, some people keep lamps burning for the whole night on the day of Dhanteras.
How is Dhanteras Celebrated?
On Dhanteras, people clean their house as well decorate the same. They draw the goddess Lakshmi’s little feet with rice flour at the entry of the house as well as in the temple.
Rangolis adorn the corners of the houses and Yamdeep (Diya) is lit, some people also observe fast for a whole day and offer their puja to god in the evening time after sunset.
During the time when the devotees perform puja, they also place seven grains in front of goddess Lakshmi’s idol or picture with a believes that Maata Lakshmi will shower them with the blessings of luck and prosperity.
It is said that this is an auspicious day to buy silver utensils or gold ornaments which is considered very lucky to bring in the home. People keep diyas in front of the main gates until morning with a trust that by this diyas they will be get rid of all kinds of bad luck and negativity.
Dhanteras 2017: Prasad and Bhog Offered
Mainly puris and sweets are prepared and offer to the Goddess Lakshmi as prasad. A mixture made by mixing equal parts of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt, and milk called Panchamrit is also offered to the deity in some parts of the country.
Dhanteras 2017: Puja Vidhi and Muhurat Timings
Dhanteras Puja Timing- 19:32 pm to 20:18 pm
Pradosh Kaal – 17:49 pm to 20:18 pm
Vrishabha Kaal – 19:32 pm to 21:33 pm
Trayodashi Tithi Starts at 00:26 am on 17th October 2017
Trayodashi Tithi Ends at 00:08 am on 18th October 2017
Lakshmi puja should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset.
Happy Dhanteras 2017!
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