This year, the auspicious timing for Dhanteras puja falls on November 10, 2023, from 5:47 PM to 7:43 PM and lasts for approximately 2 hours. During the puja, devotees worship the three forms of Goddess Lakshmi – Devi Mahalakshmi, Maha Kali, and Devi Saraswati.
This marks the beginning of the five-day Diwali festival, celebrated on the 13th day of the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
It’s considered a propitious day for new beginnings, buying gold and silver, and purchasing new utensils and other household items. People not only worship Lord Kubera, the deity of wealth but also perform a puja for Goddess Lakshmi on this day.
Story Behind Dhanteras Festival
Dhanteras is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of the deity of Ayurveda, Lord Dhanvantari. He appeared during the churning of the milk ocean, holding a vessel filled with Amrita (the nectar of immortality) in one hand and Ayurvedic texts in the other.
He is revered as the Hindu god of health, medicine, and Ayurvedic healing, entrusted with spreading knowledge of Ayurveda worldwide. Dhanteras is observed as National Ayurveda Day as well.
What things should be avoided during Dhanteras?
Leather Products: It is advisable to avoid buying leather products like shoes, belts, or bags on Dhanteras, as they are derived from animals and are considered inauspicious.
Used items: Buying old or used items on this auspicious day is not considered auspicious.
What things should be bought during Dhanteras?
Idols and Jewellery: Idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are popular purchases on Dhanteras. You can also buy decorative items like wall hangings, torans, and rangoli patterns to add a festive touch to your home.
Utensils: Buying utensils made of silver or brass on Dhanteras is considered auspicious. It is believed that these metals have purifying properties and can remove negative energy.
Precious Metals: Buying gold and silver on Dhanteras is a common tradition. It is believed that acquiring these metals brings good luck and prosperity to the house.
Electronic Devices: Many people consider buying electronic devices like mobile phones, laptops, or televisions on Dhanteras as a symbol of progress and development.