According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Dhanteras is celebrated on the 13th day of Krishna Paksha of the Karthik month. The same can be referred to as the month of October – November as per the western calendar. This festival is celebrated two nights before the festival of Diwali and is also famous by the name of “Yam Deep Daan”.
With the festival of Dhanteras the five-day festival of Diwali gets started. As per the mythology, during the Samudra Manthan between Gods and Evils, Lord Dhanvantri emerged from the ocean with the jar of nectar. This day is also known as Dhanvantri Jayanti.
Let us look on what are the things required for the Dhanteras Puja –
Methods of performing Dhanteras Puja –
The puja is started after seeing the star in the sky. Men and Women together perform the puja in several homes. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh as well as Lord Kuber is placed on a slightly high podium. A clay lamp with 4 wicks is placed in front of the idols.
Oil or Ghee is poured in the lamp and the lamp is lit to perform the puja and appease the Lord Dhanvantri. Few drops of holy water are sprinkled on the yantras placed for the puja. Sweets are offered to the Lord. Kheel and Patasha can also be offered to the Lord. After the puja is completed, the male member of the house takes the lamp and keeps it at the main entrance. In the end, the younger members take the blessings of the elder members of the house.
Muhurat for Dhanteras Puja 2013
The Lambha – Amrit choghadiya is from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. After this, 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm is also fruitful time to perform the puja. For the working professionals evening time for worshipping the Goddess is 05:44 pm to 08:20 pm. The last muhurat for doing the puja is 09:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Created: Friday, October 18 2013
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar