Dhanteras is the first day of celebration of the five-day long festival of Diwali. On Dhanteras Puja, Lakshmi – the Goddess of wealth, is worshipped to provide prosperity and well-being. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word ‘Dhan’ literally means wealth, and ‘Tera’ comes from the date 13th.
The festival of Dhanteras falls in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight. Lord Kuber, the treasurer and bestower of riches, is also worshipped along with Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras. This custom of worshipping Lakshmi and Kuber is the prospect of doubling the benefits of such prayers.
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Significance of Dhanteras
The word dhanteras is the collective name of “Dhan“, meaning wealth, and “Teras” meaning 13th. The festival falls on the 13th day of Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month, in October or November.
As per the mythological tales, an astrologer predicted that King Hima would die on the 4th day of his marriage. On hearing this, his wife accumulated all her jewelry at the entrance and lit a Diya.
On dhanteras day, God of Death, Yama came disguised as a serpent and got bewildered with the shine and shimmer of the ornaments. Thus, Yama couldn’t take the king with him. Thus, every household lit a diya on dhanteras day praying for the long life and prosperity of the family.
A jar of Amrit, the divine nectar of immortality, and a sacred book on Ayurveda was carried by God Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda medicine and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, as he emerged from the sea during Samudra Manthan. He taught mankind the principles of Ayurveda and assisted them in curing diseases. Devotees pray to Lord Dhanvantri on Dhanteras to use Ayurveda to treat chronic diseases. In addition, it’s also said that Lord Dhanvantri was a doctor to all the Hindu gods.
Goddess Lakshmi is linked to a different Dhanteras mythology. Hindu mythology describes Goddess Lakshmi as emerging from Samudra Manthan while seated on a lotus and holding a vessel filled with gold, which stands for fortune, success, happiness, and wealth. Devotees decorate their front doors with lovely rangolis and light diyas inside their homes to greet Goddess Lakshmi and ask for her blessings. In Hindu families, daughters are also referred to as the Goddess Lakshmi or as the personification of luck. Rituals associated with Dhanteras and Lakshmi Pooja also reflect the notion that success and wealth are bestowed onto a family when daughters or daughters-in-law use ‘kumkum’ to leave their footprints at the door to their home.
Rituals of Dhanteras Puja
The rituals of this auspicious Puja include:
|Ganapati Puja||Kalash Sthapana|
|Lakshmi Puja||Kuber Puja|
|Pradhan Devta Puja||Deep Puja|
|Mahamangal Aarti||Aashivachan. Prasad Vitran|
Dhanteras Puja Muharat 2023
In 2023 Dhanteras is celebrated on 10 November 2023, Friday.
- Dhanteras Puja Muhurat – 05:53 PM to 07:54 PM
- Pradosh Kaal – 05:34 PM to 08:05 PM
- Vrishabha Kaal – 05:53 PM to 07:54 PM
- Trayodashi Tithi- 12:35 PM on 10 November 2023 – 01:57 PM on 11 November 2023
Dhanteras Puja Mantra
Lord Ganesha Mantra
During this puja, various auspicious mantras are chanted, seeking blessings from God. The pandit performing the puja chant –
‘Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa’
This mantra is for Lord Ganesha. It signifies praying to Lord Ganesha, who has a curved trunk and a large body and is blessed with the brilliance of a million Suns. Devotees chant this mantra praying to God to remove all obstacles from work.
Lord Dhanwantari Mantra
Next, Lord Dhanwantari– founder of Ayurveda, is also worshipped with
‘Om Namo Bhagavate Maha Sudharshana Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye;
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya Sarva Bhaya Vinasaya Sarva amaya Nivaranaya Thri Lokya Pathaye Thri Lokya Nidhaye Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa Sri Dhanvantri Swarupa Sri Sri Sri Aoushata Chakra Narayana Swaha’.
This mantra signified praying to Sudharshana Vasudeva Dhanwantari, who holds the kalasha full of nectar of immortality. Devotees pray to Lord to remove all ailments and fear of death. He also worshipped and prayed for the healing souls of human beings.
Lord Kuber Mantra
Finally, Lord Kuber is worshipped for wealth and prosperity by chanting.
‘Om Yakshyaya Kuberaya Vaishravanaaya Dhanadhanyadi Padayeh
Dhana-Dhanya Samreeddhing Me Dehi Dapaya Swaha’
Goddess Lakshmi Mantra
Goddess Laxmi is worshipped for wealth and peace in the household by chanting
‘Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalaye Praseed Praseed
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalakshmaye Namaha’
Benefits of Chanting Dhanteras Pooja Mantras
- It is thought that reciting mantras to Goddess Lakshmi will help one bring wealth, prosperity, and abundance into their life. These mantras are spoken to attract prosperity and success financially.
- It aids in removing roadblocks and difficulties that can impede development and growth. It is thought that requesting the help of gods like Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi can make problems disappear.
- It is said that reciting the Dhanvantari mantras will bring about health and healing.
- Reciting these mantras can create a positive atmosphere in your home by clearing your surroundings and mind.
Checklist For Dhanteras Pujan Samagri
Dhanteras is the commencement of Diwali celebrations and rituals. To perform the puja seamlessly and flawlessly, you need to arrange for all the essential items needed during the puja. Get in touch with an experienced and professional pandit who can share the complete list of what is required during the puja. The list is pretty long. Take a glance carefully so that nothing is missed out.
You need to arrange for
|21 whole kamal Gattas or lotus seeds||5 whole betel nuts||5 types of gemstones|
|Laxmi Ganesh embedded silver coins||Laxmi and Ganesh deities for worship||Bichiya|
|Red Cotton Cloth||Naivedya||Prashad|
|Sapt Dhanya||Saptamritika||A Small Bowl Or Lota|
|Silver Brick||A Statue Of Devi Saraswati||Sugarcane|
|Sweets||Leaves Of Banyan, Mango, Peepal||Goolar|
How to do Dhanteras Puja at Home
Dhanteras Puja is performed before Diwali by worshipping Lord Ganesha and Devi Lakshmi.
- Ideally, a diya is lit before the puja’s commencement, also known as Dhantrayodashi puja. Just ensure the Diya is lit overnight.
- The diyas are meant to eradicate negative energy and evil spirits far away from home.
- Idols are placed on a new red cloth and worshipped with flowers, leaves, and agarbatti.
- You will see small footprints drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder from the doorway to the puja area. This is a symbol of goddess Lakshmi entering their abodes.
- First, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are given a bath in holy water and sandal paste. honey, ghee, and butter.
- Fresh flowers are showered on them.
- Naivadya and prasad in the form of fruits and sweets are offered to the god and goddesses.
- A special kind of Prashad is offered to the goddess, especially in Maharashtra. It is made with pounded coriander seeds blended with jaggery.
- Pandits chant various mantras during this puja ritual as both Dhanalaxmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped.
- For this puja, many people buy precious and semi-precious jewellery, silver coins, and utensils. Along with mantras, family members pray to God for peace, prosperity, and happiness and seek their blessings.
There are no strict ritual religious norms to be followed on the day of the puja. Many people perform Dhanteras pooja fast on this day till the puja happens in the muharat. Panchamrit made with milk, curd, honey, sugar, and ghee is offered to God. Usually, the fast is broken with this auspicious item.
Food To Consume On Dhanteras
Ate ka halwa is a must among all the food consumed on dhanteras. It is offered to Goddess Laxmi and then distributed as a prasad. In eastern India, lapsi is prepared with long-grain cracked wheat, ghee, and sugar. Boondi laddoo and kheer or rice pudding with milk and jaggery are also eaten on this occasion.
Dhanteras Decoration Ideas
Enhance your entrance and puja room with handmade colourful rangoli patterns to invite Goddess Lakshmi.
Lit your space with natural Diya lighting to give it an overall warm effect.
Adron Puja room or your puja space with original flowers You can also add mango leaves on your entrance gate.
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FAQs Related To Dhanteras Puja
Dhanteras is celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Aswin, usually two days before Diwali.
Dhanteras is the worship of Dhanwantari. He is the God, holding the Kalash of the nectar of immortality. People pray for the family’s health, wealth, and prosperity on this day.
Usually, on Dhanteras, people buy gold, silver, or any precious and semi-precious gemstone and seek the blessings of God for future prosperity. Dhanteras is also an auspicious day to invest in a new home, property, furniture, or other assets.
Yes, homeowners or individuals can purchase a broom on Dhanteras and must do so, as this activity is considered auspicious.
You must ignore purchasing an iron, sharp objects, cards, oil, steel, gifts, and black-coloured items in Dhanteras.
Kheel Batasha is prepared from the cultivated rice batch and is offered to Goddess Lakshmi as a token of respect and to invite wealth, prosperity, and health.
The standing position of Goddess Lakshami is not considered auspicious; hence, you must ignore keeping such idols in your home.
The way of performing Danteras puja is different all across India. But in parts of India, people light diyas and buy new items, especially utensils, silver, or gold.