Dhanteras 2016: Puja Vidhi, Date, Significance and Mahurat timings

Dhanteras is a standout amongst the most critical Hindu religious celebrations that are commended around this time. Otherwise called Dhanatrayodashi, the celebration is watched all over India. It likewise denote the start of Tihar celebration in Nepal. “Dhan” implies riches and “teras” implies the thirteenth day of the moon cycle. The celebration likewise connotes the main day of the five-day Diwali festivities and falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Karthik Krishna Paksha, of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November).


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This year, Dhanteras will be praised on October 28. Known as the celebration of riches, individuals venerate Lakshmi (goddess of riches) and Yama (divine force of death) on this day. It is trusted that this one-day celebration is a propitious event to purchase metals like gold and silver, and that doing as such will bring thriving and good fortunes for the whole family and their business wanders.

How is it celebrated

Notwithstanding metals, individuals additionally purchase new utensils. Brilliant and many-sided rangoli plans are drawn at the passage of houses and workplaces to welcome Lakshmi — goddess of riches, thriving and good fortunes. Regularly utilizing vermillion powder and rice flour, little impressions are made to mean the superb entry of the goddess.

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Diverse locales praise the celebration in an unexpected way. For example, in provincial zones, agriculturists revere their cows since they are their primary wellspring of pay. In South India, individuals indicate respect to cows, since they are known as the incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. In Maharashtra, individuals offer conventional desserts called “Naivedya” made by delicately beating dry coriander seeds with jaggery.

The puja

Numerous lovers perform Lakshmi puja on this day at night. They sing reverential melodies and commendations to and love Lakshmi, and light small diyas in the house to avoid indecencies. Seven grains including wheat, urad dal, moong dal, gram, grain and masoor dal are utilized while performing puja. In a custom known as Yamadeepdan, individuals love Lord Yama by lighting lights for the whole night. As indicated by mythology, it was anticipated that King Hima’s child will pass on because of snake-chomp of the fourth night of his marriage.

After knowing this, the sovereign’s better half on the said night, took all her gold trimmings and coins and set them in a pile. She then began singing sweet tunes. At the point when Yamaraj came as a serpent to murder the ruler, he was blinded by the sparkle of the gold and musical voice and sat disoriented, therefore not executing the sovereign. Most likely, this is the reason individuals think of it as a harbinger of good fortunes to put resources into gold on this day.

Given beneath are the specific timings of Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras.

Dhanteras Puja Muhurat: 5:35 pm – 6:20 pm

Pradosh kaal: 5:35 pm – 8:21 pm

Trayodashi Tithi begins = 4:15 pm on October 27

Trayodashi Tithi closes = 6:20 pm on October 28

(Source: Drikpanchang.com)

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It is prompted that Lakshmi Puja is begun just amid pradosh kaal, which is the season of two hours and 24 minutes after nightfall. Another essential thing to note is that the most propitious time for the puja is the point at which the lagna or rasi (sign) stays altered or sthir.