The five-day Diwali celebrations begin on Dhantrayodashi, also referred to as Dhanteras. The festival is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha, which falls in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. In addition to being a Dhanteras celebration, it is also known as Dhanvantri Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the Ayurvedic God. On the day of Dhantrayodashi, it is thought that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the Milky Sea during the churning of the sea. Goddess Lakshmi is rumored to visit devotees’ houses during Dhanteras and grant their requests.
Dhanteras is a very promising day celebrated full of love and joy. Doing the puja in the right way is mandatory to achieve blessings. If you do not know the exact procedure, then connect with Nakshatrika, as Nakshatrika has the best online astrologer who can guide you in performing the puja vidhi correctly. Apart from this, Nakshatrika can also help you by providing an online puja service.
The mythological origin of Dhanteras
A king named Hima governed his kingdom using justice and love as his two main weapons of power. He had a son, and according to astrology, his son would die from a snake bite in the sixteenth year of his life. A tremendous sense of pain plagued King Hima, and he sought solutions to save his son’s life. He had his son married to a woman with a favorable horoscope on the recommendation of a well-known astrologer.
The couple enjoyed their time together for a while. As the youngster got closer to his sixteenth year, the king began to worry about his son’s approaching demise. The girl devised a cunning plot to spare her husband’s life on the eve of the boy’s sixteenth birthday. She accumulated all of her jewelry in front of the front door. She encouraged her husband to stay awake the entire night. She sat in front of the house’s front door, watching the door.
Lord Yama, the god of death, appeared in front of the home as a serpent at the precise moment when the boy was to be killed. The snake slithered up to the home’s front door. The collected ornaments stopped the snake as it approached the entryway. The ornaments were so bright that the snake could not see its surroundings well. The girl continued to sing pleasant tunes all night long. The songs were so seductive that the snake waited at the doorway listening to them. Lord Yama, in the shape of a snake, was forced to abandon his plan to kill the youngster because the window for doing so had passed.
Consequently, the girl’s clever idea saved her husband’s life. The celebration of Dhanteras, which takes place annually on the same day of Krishna Paksha Trayodashi in the month of Kartika just before the festival of Diwali, is based on this mythology.
Things to be done on the occasion of Dhanteras
- Giving the Holy Cow food is lucky.
- In the evening, start an earthen lamp or Diya.
- Purchase brand-new cookware but stay away from leather, knives, and other goods with sharp edges.
- Depending on a person’s spending capacity, purchasing metal is fortunate. The time is right to purchase gold, silver, and brass objects.
- Donate medications and eye and ear drops, and don’t forget today is the day of the Gods’ Physician.
- People dress in new attire, making rangolis for their front door and adorning their homes in the morning. They welcome Goddess Lakshmi in this manner.
- Additionally, devotees use gulal powder or rice flour to create tiny footprints. These minute footprints serve as a reminder of Goddess Lakshmi’s presence. They honor the Goddess of wealth by lighting diyas.
- Businessmen and traders adorn their offices and offer prayers for success. Purchases by housewives include new kitchenware.
- Household women light diyas for Lord Yama, the God of Death, after sunset. Hindu tradition maintains this light, burning all night to honor the Lord of Death.
Dhanteras puja Vidhi
The family members assemble in the evening and begin praying. Before they worship Lord Ganesha, they bathe him and apply sandal paste on him. Fresh flowers are then sprinkled on the idol of Lord Ganesha after a red cloth is offered to the Lord. Before beginning the Dhanteras ceremonies, worshippers chant the mantra and ask for his favor.
They recite the following mantra:
वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
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