‘Dhanteras’ is one of the most important Hindu religious festivals that is celebrated around this time of the year. It is the festival that marks the beginning of five days Diwali celebrations. It is also popularly known as ‘Dhantrayodashi’ as it falls on the thirteenth lunar day of, of the Hindu month of Kartik (Karthik Krishna Paksha).
In year 2016, Dhanteras will be celebrated on October 28. On this day, people worship Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and Yama (god of death). It is a common belief that buying metals like gold and silver, on this auspicious day will bring in prosperity and good luck. Those who cannot afford to buy gold or silver, buy brass or bronze items on this day. In addition to metals, people also buy new utensils. This day is marked auspicious in terms of bringing wealth.
Many devotees even perform Lakshmi puja on this day in the evening and worship Goddess Laxmi. There is a mythological significance attached to this tradition. In ancient times, it was predicted that King Hima’s son will die due to snake-bite of the fourth night of his marriage. Upon knowing this, the prince’s wife on the said night, took all her gold ornaments and coins and placed them in a heap. She then started singing melodious songs. When Yamaraj came in the form of a serpent to kill the prince, he was blinded by the shine of the gold and melodious voice and sat dazed, and thus could not kill the prince. Probably, this is why people consider it a good fortune to invest in gold on Dhanteras.
Some communities follow the tradition of Yamadeepdan. Yamadeepdan is basically lighting lamps the entire night to worship and please Lord Yama. They light a big earthen oil lamp and worship it. After worshipping, they place the lamp outside the main gate of their house. They keep it on the right side of the door of the house with its flame facing towards the south direction. It is believed that this lamp will send Yamaraj, the Lord of Death back and give you long life. This lamp will also ensure that no negative vibe enters the house bringing in prosperity always.
Almost each one of us knows what Dhanteras is but only a few know how to properly celebrate it in a way so as to bring Dhan ki Varsha.
Here are the steps that clearly explain all what you should do to have Dhan ki Varsha this Dhanteras
1. Start your Puja by worshipping Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles.
Light an earthen lamp in the feet of Lord ganesha. Now offer dhoop, scent and flowers to him. In the end offer him his favorite laddos (naivedya).
2. After worshipping Lord Ganesha, worship Lord Yama by lighting the Deep (Earthen Lamp) and doing Yamadeepdan.
For detailed description of Yamadeepdaan, take a look at the video below:
3. Now worship Lord Dhanwantri, the Lord of Health
After you are done worshipping Lord Yama, worship Lord Dhanwantri, the Lord of Health at your home to bless you with good health and keep you away from any kind of diseases.
To worship Lord Dhanwantri, sit infront of God and recite Dhanwantari Mantra for 108 times.
The Dhanwantari mantra is : “Om Dhan Dhanvantaraye Namah” “ॐ धं धन्वन्तरये नमः“.
After reciting the mantra for 108 times, pray to Lord Dhanwantri saying, “O Lord Dhanwantari! I offer this recitation in your lotus feet. Please bless us good health.”
4. Now, in the end do Laxmi Puja.
Light an earthen lamp in the feet of Goddess Laxmi. Now offer dhoop, scent and lotus flowers to her. In the end offer her sweets (naivedya). For detailed explanation, please watch the video below:
Worshipping all the 4 steps mentioned above will surely bring you prosperity, good luck, wealth and good health.
Now when we know how to perform the Dhanteras Puja, let’s pray God to bless us with Real Dhan Varsha this Dhanteras!
Happy Dhanteras to All !!! 🙂 🙂