Dhanteras 2021

 

Dhanteras 2021

Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi (Hindi: Dhantrayodashi, Gujarati: Dhantrayodashi), is an auspicious Hindu festival that falls on the first day of the major Diwali celebrations. In the Hindu calendar, it occurs on the trayodashi tith of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight of the moon) during the auspicious month of Kartik, however in the Gregorian calendar, it occurs in the months of mid-October to November. In India, Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali, the festival of lights. Dhanvantari, the Hindu God of Medicine, is honoured on this day. Dhanvantari, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, is the god of Ayurveda who taught mankind the wisdom of Ayurveda. Dhanteras is regarded as one of the most auspicious days of the year, and many people intend to invest in jewellery and household items on this day in the hopes of bringing good fortune and wealth to their homes.

The day is related with several tales. One of them is about King Hima's 16-year-old son. He was supposed to die on the fourth night after his wedding, according to legend. However, the God of Death was distracted by a stack of gold, and Hima's death was avoided. Yamadeepdaan is another name for it. Another narrative talks of Dhanwantari, the Gods' healer, who emerged with a jar of amrita or nectar from the ocean that was being churned by Gods and devils (samudramanthan). This day is known as dhanteras or dhantrayodashi since it occurred on the first day of Diwali.

Dhanteras literally translates to "wealth" (Dhan) and "thirteenth" (Thirteenth) (tera). On this day, Hindus traditionally purchase gold and silver jewellery or utensils. This day is also regarded to be highly lucky for beginning new businesses.

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 is Dhanteras.

On Dhanteras, Trayodashi Tithi time is November 02, 11:31 am - November 03, 9:02 am.

Pradosh Kaal Timing: 05:49 p.m. - 08:22 p.m.

Pradosh Kaal Timing: 5:44 p.m. on November 2nd - Tuesday, November 2nd, 8:18 p.m.

 

2021 Diwali Calendar

The five days of Diwali in 2021 are listed in the table below:

Day 1

Dhanteras

Tuesday, November 02

Day 2

Naraka Chaturdasi (Chotti Diwali)

Thursday, November 04

Day 3

Lakshmi Puja (Diwali Festival)

Thursday, November 04

Day 4

Govardhan Puja

Friday, November 05

Day 5

Bhai Duj

Saturday, November 06

The word Dhanteras is formed by combining two words: Dhan, which means wealth, and Teras, which means thirteenth. As a result, Hindus devote themselves to Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi on the 13th day of the Kartik month. In some parts of India, Dhanteras is also known as ‘Dhanwantari Jayanti,' which commemorates the birth of ‘Dhanwantari,' the Ayurvedic God.

Dhanteras is an auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated in every Hindu household with the utmost enthusiasm, which marks the beginning of the one the most auspicious and biggest Hindu festivals Diwali. On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi in the hopes of obtaining happiness and riches. Lakshmi puja should be performed on this day during the Pradosh Kaal, which lasts about two and a half hours after sunset. During this period, the ‘Sthir Lagan' prevails, and it is said that if you worship Goddess Lakshmi during this season, she will always stay in your home. This event is very important to the business community, and it is celebrated with tremendous joy and pomp all over India.

Dhanteras 2021 - Puja Timings and Muhurat:

Sunrise

06:36 AM 02 November, 2021.

Sunset

05:44 PM 02 November, 2021.

Trayodashi Tithi Begins

11:31 AM 02 November, 2021.

Trayodashi Tithi Ends

09:02 AM 03 November, 2021.

Pradosh Kaal Timing

05:44 PM November 02 - 08:18 PM November 02

 

Rituals during Dhanteras

Dhanteras preparations begin weeks in advance of the actual day. People begin to clean their houses and offices and decorate them with diyas, lights, rangoli, and flowers. Rangoli decorations, both traditional and colourful, adorn the entrance. At the entryway of the residence, Goddess Lakshmi's footprint is also engraved.

People get up early on Dhanteras day and bathe shortly after daybreak. They prepare for Lakshmi puja in the evening after complete the morning rites. In the evening, the entire family gathers to worship Goddess Lakshmi with ghee diyas, flowers, kumkum, and chawal. On this day, people also worship Lord Kuber in order to receive double blessings and benefits.

Delicious sweets and savoury dishes are cooked for Goddess Lakshmi on this day. There is a unique tradition in Maharashtra of creating ‘Naivedyam' with powdered dry coriander seeds and jaggery.

Some devotees fast all day on Dhanteras and then break the fast after performing the Lakshmi puja. The Prasad is shared with friends and families as well as consumed with the entire family. People chant bhajans and devotional songs in honour of Goddess Lakshmi throughout the day.

There is also a custom of lighting Yamadeep on Dhanteras. A diya is lit outside one's home for Yama, the Lord of Death, in this rite. It is believed that lighting this diya will ward off all ills and protect any family members from dying prematurely.

 

Significance of Dhanteras

In Hindu mythology, ‘Dhantrayodashi' is regarded auspicious because it is said that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber, the God of Wealth, emerged from the ocean while the milky sea was churning. People began offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber to seek divine blessings for a prosperous life after that.

Purchasing precious metals such as gold or silver on Dhanteras is also considered auspicious as a sign of welcoming Goddess Lakshmi into one's home. The day of Dhanteras is also good for establishing new business or purchasing a home, car, or jewellery.

Between 2018 and 2028, Dhanteras festival will be held.

Year

Date

2018

5th of November, Monday

2019

25th of October, Friday

2020

13th of November, Friday

2021

2nd of November, Tuesday

2022

23rd of October, Sunday

2023

10th of November, Friday

2024

29th of October, Tuesday

2025

18th of October, Saturday

2026

6th of November, Friday

2027

27th of October, Wednesday

2028

15th of October, Sunday

 

 

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