Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi or DhanyaTeras, is a significant Hindu festival celebrated on the Trayodashi date of Kartik Krishna Paksha. This year, Dhanteras will be observed on 10th November 2023. It holds great importance for both Hindus and Jains, as it commemorates the birth of Lord Dhanvantari and the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Mahavir.
According to ancient scriptures, Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda, was born on this auspicious day. It is believed that he emerged from the ocean during the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) with a pot of divine nectar in his hands. This event led to the tradition of buying utensils on Dhanteras, symbolizing prosperity and abundance.
In addition to the significance of Lord Dhanvantari's birth, Dhanteras also marks the day when Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, attained Nirvana. After three days of intense meditation, Lord Mahavir achieved enlightenment on the day of Diwali while practicing yoga. This day is known as Blessed Teras in the Jain community.
Dhanteras is considered highly auspicious for wealth and prosperity. It is believed that purchasing money-related items on this day can increase one's wealth thirteen-fold. Many people also buy brass, silver, and gold utensils as they hold symbolic value. Silver, for instance, represents the moon, which is associated with coolness and serenity.
The festival of Dhanteras is also an occasion to worship Lord Kuber, the God of Wealth. Devotees seek his blessings for financial prosperity and abundance in their lives. The day is considered propitious for wealth accumulation, and people engage in various rituals and prayers to attract prosperity.
The auspicious time for Dhanteras puja and Lakshmi puja is crucial for devotees. On the evening of Dhanteras, during the Pradosh Kaal, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Kuber are worshipped. The auspicious time for the puja starts at 5:47 pm and continues till 7:47 pm. Lighting Yamdeep, a special lamp, during this time is also considered auspicious.
The puja method for Dhanteras involves the worship of Lord Kuber and Lord Dhanvantari. It is recommended to take a bath and wear clean clothes before starting the rituals. The idol of Lord Dhanvantari is installed, and water is boiled with a silver or copper spoon. Lord Ganesha is worshipped first, followed by meditation and worship of Lord Dhanvantari. Panchamrit, a mixture of milk, curd, honey, ghee, and sugar, is used to bathe the idol. Roli (vermilion) and sandalwood paste are applied, and mantras dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari are chanted. Flowers, perfume, clothes, and moli (sacred thread) are offered to Lord Dhanvantari. Finally, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kuber, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Dhanvantari are worshipped together, and Aarti is performed.
Chanting the Kuber Mantra, "Om Yakshaya Kuberaya Vaishravanaya Dhandhaanyadhi Pataye Dhanadanya Prosperity Mein Dehi Dapay Swaha," is considered beneficial for attracting wealth and prosperity. Additionally, reciting the Dhanvantari Mantra, "Om Dhanvantarye Namah," is believed to invoke the blessings of Lord Dhanvantari for good health and well-being.
Dhanteras is a festival that celebrates wealth, prosperity, and spiritual well-being. It is a time for families to come together, perform rituals, and seek the blessings of deities associated with wealth and prosperity. By observing the traditions and rituals of Dhanteras, devotees hope to bring abundance and prosperity into their lives.
--Posted By : Sonika