Pooja Muhurat for Dhanteras 2023: The Festival of Wealth and Prosperity


Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi, is a significant Hindu festival celebrated in India and other parts of the world. It falls on the thirteenth lunar day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu month of Kartik. On Dhantrayodashi, the goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean during the Samudra Manthan. Therefore, on this auspicious day, Lakshmi is worshipped along with Kubera, the Hindu demigod of wealth. However, the Lakshmi Puja performed on Amavasya, the new moon day that follows Dhantrayodashi by two days, is considered more significant.

Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day festival of Diwali, which is one of the most anticipated and widely celebrated festivals in India. The word "Dhanteras" is derived from two words: "Dhan," meaning wealth, and "Teras," meaning the thirteenth day. It is believed that on this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera, seeking their blessings for wealth, prosperity, and good fortune.

Rituals and Customs:

Dhanteras is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. Here are some common rituals and customs associated with this festival:

  • Cleaning and Decorating: People clean their homes and workplaces, removing clutter and ensuring a clean and auspicious environment. They also decorate their homes with rangolis (intricate floor designs) and floral decorations to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Buying Gold and Silver: On Dhanteras, it is customary to buy gold, silver, or other precious metals as they are believed to bring good luck and prosperity. People visit jewelry shops and make purchases to symbolize wealth and abundance.
  • Lighting Diyas: Diyas (oil lamps) are lit throughout the house to ward off negative energies and invite positive vibrations. It is believed that the light of the diyas attracts Goddess Lakshmi and brings prosperity into the household.
  • Lakshmi Puja: In the evening, families gather for a special puja (prayer) dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. They offer flowers, fruits, sweets, and incense sticks to the deity, seeking her blessings for wealth, prosperity, and well-being.

Importance of Wealth and Prosperity:

Dhanteras holds immense significance in Indian culture, as it emphasizes the importance of wealth and prosperity in one's life. It is believed that wealth is not merely materialistic but also encompasses spiritual and emotional well-being. The festival encourages individuals to strive for financial success while maintaining a balanced and virtuous life.

According to Hindu mythology, Dhanteras is associated with two significant legends. The first legend tells the story of King Hima's son, who was prophesied to die on the fourth day of his marriage due to a snake bite. On that day, his wife lit numerous diyas and laid out gold and silver ornaments to keep him awake. When the God of Death, Yama, arrived disguised as a snake, he was dazzled by the light and the shine of the ornaments. Yama could not enter the prince's chamber and left without taking his life. Hence, Dhanteras is celebrated as a day of protection against untimely death and misfortune.

Yamadeep is another ritual on the same day when the diya for the God of death is lit outside the home to ward off any untimely death of any family members.

How to perform Dhanteras Puja and Muhurat:

Dhanteras 2023 will be celebrated on Friday, November 10, 2023.  Dhanteras Puja Muhurat - 06:20 PM to 08:20 PM
Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and approximately lasts 2 hours and 24 minutes.
  • Clean your house and decorate it with lights and flowers.
  • Place your new purchases on a clean cloth or plate.
  • Light a lamp and place it in front of the new purchases.
  • Offer incense sticks and flowers to Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Chant the following mantra: 
Om Dhanvantaryay Namah
Om Lakshmi Devi Namah
  • Pray to Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth, prosperity, and good health.

Other tips for Dhanteras

  • On Dhanteras, it is also considered auspicious to buy new utensils, vehicles, and other household items.
  • It is also a good day to start a new business or venture.
  • Avoid lending money on Dhanteras, as it is believed that this will bring bad luck.
  • Avoid buying iron or black colored items on Dhanteras, as they are considered to be inauspicious.
  • It is a good day to donate to charity and help the needy.

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