Dhanteras 2023: Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi, is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals, celebrated on the 13th lunar day of the Krishna Paksha in the Samvat calendar. This year, Dhanteras falls on November 10, 2023. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity, descends to Earth to bless her devotees. Dhanteras is considered an extremely auspicious time to make new purchases, especially gold, silver, and utensils. It is also a time to clean and organize one’s home to create a welcoming environment for Goddess Lakshmi.
Significance of Dhanteras
Dhanteras hold immense significance in Hindu culture. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods, emerged from the ocean on this day with the elixir of life. This is why Dhanteras is also known as Dhanvantari Jayanti. It is also believed that on this day, Lord Yama, the god of death, marks the houses of those who are destined to die in the coming year. By lighting diyas (oil lamps), people believe they can ward off evil spirits and ensure their longevity.
Auspicious Time for Shopping
Dhanteras is considered the most auspicious time for shopping, especially for gold, silver, and utensils. It is believed that buying these items on this day will bring wealth and prosperity throughout the year. The ideal time for shopping is during Pradosh Kaal, which is the period between sunset and dusk.
Method of Worship
There are various ways to worship Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras. One popular method is to perform a simple puja at home. This involves lighting a diya in front of an idol or picture of Goddess Lakshmi and offering her sweets, fruits, and flowers. It is also customary to clean and polish one’s utensils on this day as a way of welcoming Goddess Lakshmi into the home.
According to the Vedic calendar, the festival of Dhanteras is celebrated every year on the Trayodashi date of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. This year, the Trayodashi date of Kartik Krishna Paksha will start on November 10 at 12:35 pm. This Trayodashi Tithi will end on November 11 at 01:57 pm. Based on Udaya Tithi, the festival of Dhanteras will be celebrated on Friday, November 10 in Pradosh Kaal.
The auspicious time for Dhanteras puja this year will be from 5:47 PM to 7:43 PM IST. This is the Pradosh Kaal, which is considered the most favorable time for worship.
Dhanteras Shopping Tips
Here are some tips for shopping on Dhanteras:
- Plan your purchases in advance so that you know what you need to buy.
- Do your research and compare prices before you make any purchases.
- Be sure to bargain for the best price.
- Don’t forget to get a receipt for your purchases.
Dhanteras is a time to celebrate wealth, prosperity, and new beginnings. It is also a time to express gratitude for the blessings that we have received. By following the traditions and rituals of Dhanteras, we can invite Goddess Lakshmi into our homes and our lives.