Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and Nepal. It usually falls on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) in the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar, which typically falls in October or November of the Gregorian calendar. Dhanteras marks the first day of the five-day Diwali festival.
The word “Dhanteras” is derived from the combination of two words: “Dhan,” which means wealth, and “Teras,” which refers to the thirteenth day. This day is considered highly auspicious for buying and gifting gold, silver, and other precious items, as it is believed that purchasing such items on Dhanteras brings prosperity and good luck.
One of the key rituals of Dhanteras is the worship of Lord Dhanvantari, who is considered the god of Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine). People pray to Lord Dhanvantari for good health and well-being. The puja (ritual worship) is usually performed in the evening, and a variety of offerings such as flowers, incense, lamps, and sweets are made to the deity.
Here’s a general outline of the Dhanteras puja:
Dhanteras sets the tone for the Diwali celebrations, and it is a time when families come together to celebrate and share the joy of prosperity. It is also an occasion to express gratitude for the blessings of wealth and well-being in one’s life.