The start of the Diwali festivities is marked by Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi. On 13 November, Dhanteras 2020 will be celebrated. In Hindi, dhan refers to prosperity and wealth. It falls on Krishna Paksha‘s thirteenth lunar day in the Hindu month of Kartik.
What is dhanteras all about?
People worship Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kubera, on this day. As per Drik Panchang, it is believed that during the churning of the Milky Sea, which is called Samudra Manthan, Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean on the day of Dhanteras. Dhanteras is considered an auspicious opportunity to buy clothing, jewelry, utensils, and gadgets. Buying gold and silver from Dhanteras is also believed to bring more riches and prosperity.
People also worship Lord Dhanvantri, the God of Ayurveda, on the Day of Dhanteras. It is believed that the wisdom of Ayurveda was imparted by Lord Dhanvantari for the benefit of humanity and also eliminates the risk of illness distress. On Dhanteras, at their homes in the evening, people light diyas (earthen lamps). They also decorate their houses and all congregate to perform Laxmi Puja together.
The legend behind the festival
There was a king called Hima, as per legend, whose son was supposed to die on the fourth day of his marriage.
Hima’s daughter-in-law, however, saved him from dying by stopping Yamaraj from entering the doorway, the god of death. By putting diyas, a lot of gold jewellery and silver coins at the entrance, she did that. Along with the brilliant ideas, the powerful light coming from the glittering jewels blinded Yamaraj, who had appeared in the form of a serpent. Hima’s son’s life was therefore saved. That is why, during Dhanteras, the practice of purchasing gold and silver began. Drik Panchang ‘s report said that some people even light a lamp outside their home to prevent the God of Death from any premature deaths in any family.
Pooja Timings and Muhurat
- It is important to perform Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras during Pradosh Kaal. The Pradosh Kaal on Dhateras (13 November) begins after sunset this year and lasts for about 2 hours and 24 minutes.
- Puja Muhurat of Dhanteras 2020: 5:28 pm to 5:59 pm on 13 November
- Kaal Pradosh-5:28 pm to 8:07 pm
- 5:32 pm to 7:28 pm Vrishabha Kaal
- The Trayodashi Tithi commences on 12 November at 9:30 pm and finishes on 13 November at 5:59 pm.