Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodshi, is the first day of five day Diwali festival and will be celebrated on Monday November 5. According to Hindu calendar, Dhanteras falls on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Ashwin.
On the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras, devotees pay their respects and worship Lord Kubera, the god of knowledge, and Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.
Dhanteras Puja Timings
Dhanteras Puja Mahurat = 6:05 PM to 8:01 PM
Duration = 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Pradosh Kaal = 5:29 PM to 8:07 PM
Vrishabha Kaal = 6:05 PM to 8:01 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Starts = 01:24 AM on 5th November 2018
Trayodashi Tithi Ends = 11:46 PM on 5th November 2018
Dhanteras Puja Vidhi
During Dhanteras, it is customary for people to clean up their places. In many households, with a mixture of rice and flour, imprints of little feet are drawn on the floor. Some people prefer observing a fast on this day while some do puja in the evening after sunset.
In the evening, while performing the puja, devotees place seven grains in front of goddess Lakshmi’s idols or picture and seek her blessings for prosperity and wealth.
During Dhanteras, it is a common practice for people to buy gold, silver, jewellery, and utensils, which is believed to act as protection against ill will and is considered auspicious, bringing good luck to every member of the family.
Dhanteras Puja Samagri
Prepare your puja thali with the following items –
- Basil Leaves
- 11 Diyas
- 1 Diya made of flour (aata) with four wicks
- Raw rice
- Charnamirt or Panchamrit
Dhanteras Puja Mantras
Chant the following mantras during the puja in order to get rid of the negative energies on the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras –
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||
Om Namo Bhagavate Maha Sudharshana Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye |
Amrutha Kalaksa Hasthaaya Sarva Bhaya Vinasaya Sarvaamaya Nivaranaya ||
Thri Lokya Pathaye Thri Lokya Nidhaye Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa Sri |
Dhanvantri Swarupa Sri Sri Sri Aoushata Chakra Narayana Swaha. ||