Hey, we’re back again with another entry into our list of festival celebration and markups. We’ve ran the rule for the eccentric festival Dhanteras for today and have listed the ins and outs of it along with the rituals and festivals.
So let’s get the post on ‘How to Celebrate Dhanteras’ up and running.
Commemorated as the first day of the Diwali festival, Dhanteras is also referred as Dhanalakshmi Puja in the southern parts of India. The festival is also named as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantri Trayodashi.
Dwelling deep one can unearth that Dhana means wealth while Trayodashi means thirteenth which reckons that the festival falls on the thirteenth lunar day of dark fortnight according to the Hindu calendar month. The festival is primarily celebrated in the Northern and Western Parts of India.
Dhanteras 2016 Date – October 28, 2016
Significance of Dhanteras
Dhanteras marks the occasion when the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped for prosperity and well-being. Dhanteras has a special importance in the realms of the business community as they purchase customary metals on the day to mark the occasion.
In fact, Lord Kubera, the furlong God of Wealth and Asset has also worshipped along for blessings.
Celebration Rituals along with How to Celebrate Dhanteras
Start with Diwali shopping, i.e Precious Metals and Utensils
- Dhanteras marks an auspicious occasion for purchase and investment. It’s advised to complete the shopping for the Diwali fest on the Dhanteras itself.
- In fact, as far as the ritual goes, people buy ornaments in the ilk of gold, silver, and utensil along with precious metal and utensils on the day of Dhanteras.
Welcome Goddess Lakshmi
- Dhanteras marks the start of the Diwali which in itself is a fest of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi.
- The first day of the fest, i.e. Dhanteras marks the occasion when Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed in the house.
Get together with the family
- There’s a resounding fact that festivals are not just a mere celebration but a moment of a family get-together.
- The occasion of Dhanteras marks the moment when family members get together and celebrate spiritual bonding along with family bonding.
Harbor Water in Copper Kalash with Tulsi Leaves
- Many families start the occasion of Diwali, i.e. Dhanteras with harboring water in a copper Kalash along with Tulsi leaves.
- The auspicious water is then provided to the family members at the time of Puja.
- Since there are diverse ways one can celebrate the occasion, some communities in the nation mark the occasion by lighting 13 lamps dedicated to Lord Yama.
- The moment also marks the worshipping of Dhanvantri, the divine physician.
- Many communities celebrate the Dhanvantri Puja on this day.
- Some parts of the nation celebrate the day by preparing a Panchamrit which is offered to God and consumed later on.
- The Panchamrit is a mixture of equal parts of honey, sugar, ghee, yogurt and milk.
Diya and floating lamps
- The occasion on the evening is marked by lighting ideas in the home and surroundings to worship the Dhanteras.
- The Diyas are lighted further to banish the evil spirits.
- Apart from the lighting of Diya, major communities also float lamps on the river or water beds in the name of ancestors and family members.
- The floating of lamps is asserted as an important ritual by many.
Adornment of Cattle and Domestic Animals
- Dhanteras is also an occasion when the cattle and domestic animals are adored or worshipped.
- Majorly cows are worshipped along in a belief that cows help usher in prosperity.
With that it’s us signing off. We hope you were intrigued by the post. We shall return back with another entry the next time.