When is Dhanteras 2016?
Dhanteras is on October 28 2016 (Friday)
Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras
Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi
, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna
Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word
Dhanteras, "Dhan" stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is
worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot
more significance for the business community.
A very interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the
sixteen year old son of King Hima. was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the
fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On that particular fourth
day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all
the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the
entrance of her husband's boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the
place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs.
When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Serpent his
eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not
enter the Prince's chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the
ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious
songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her
husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to
be known as the day of "Yamadeepdaan"
are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the
god of Death.
According to another popular legend, when the gods and demons churned the
ocean for Amrit or nectar, Dhanavantri (the physician of the gods and an
incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of
To mark the auspicious day, houses and business premises are renovated and
decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of
Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate
her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and
vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the
On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver
articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan”
or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. "Laxmi-Puja"
is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lighted to drive
away the shadows of evil spirits. "Bhajans"-devotional songs- in
praise of Goddess Laxmi are also sung.
Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja"
is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive
away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir devotional songs- in praise of
Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is
offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly
pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
In villages cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the
main source of their income. In south cows are offered special veneration as
they are supposed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and therefore
they are adorned and worshiped on this day.