Dhanteras marks the first day of the grand celebrations for Diwali. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksh, which is the month of Kartik, according to the Hindu Lunar calendar. This year it will celebrated on 25 October, Friday. ‘Dhan’ means money/ wealth and ‘Teras’ signifies the thirteenth day. Devotees worship Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda on this day. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari helped humankind by imparting the wisdom of Ayurveda, to help rid it of the horrible diseases.
Legend Associated with the festival
According to Hindu mythology, the festival of Dhanteras is associated with a very interesting story about the 16-year-old son of King Hima. It was predicted that the Prince, after four days of marriage, would get bitten by a snake and die. On the fateful night, his wife surrounded the entrance of their chamber with gold and silver ornaments. She then stayed up all night, telling the prince stories and singing songs to prevent him from sleeping. The jewellery and the ornaments dazzled the God of Death, Yama, so much so that he decided to let the prince live.
The next day came to be celebrated as the festival of Dhanteras.
The Goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi, is worshipped on Dhanteras. Families prepare for the arrival of the Goddess by getting up early and cleaning the house. This also begins the preparation for the coming festival of Diwali. After cleaning the house, people get ready and wear new clothes. It is a common ritual to purchase valuable items like ornaments, gemstones, and any household appliance, which is made of metal on the day of Dhanteras. It is believed to symbolise ‘bringing in Lakshmi’, meaning wealth and prosperity, into one’s home. In the evening, all members of the family, get together and pray to Lord Ganesha, along with Goddess Lakshmi.
Dhanteras Date and Muhurat 2019
- Dhanteras Tithi – Friday, 25 October 2019
- Dhanteras Puja Muhurat – Evening 07:08 to 08:14 pm
- Pradosh Kaal – Evening 05:39 to 08:14 pm
- Vrishabha Kaal – Evening 06:51 to 08:47 pm
- Trayodashi Tithi Begins – 07:08 PM on Oct 25, 2019
We at Veenus Astro wish you a very Happy Dhanteras.