Dhanteras 2017 : Date, Puja, Timing and Significance

Dhanteras 2017
17th October 2017

Dhanteras Puja Muhurta
7.42pm to 8.23pm

Pradosh Kaal : 5.56pm to 8.23pm
Vrishabha Kaal : 7.42pm to 9.44pm

 

Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras should be done during Pradosh Kaal.

 

Significance

 

  Dhanteras is believed to be an auspicious day to buy silver utensils or gold ornaments to bring luck and wealth into the household. You can also buy silver and gold coins. Diyas are lit in front of the main gate of homes and offices so as to get rid of evil forces and negative energies.

 

Story behind Dhanteras

 

  During churning of the Milky Sea, Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean on the day of Dhantrayodashi. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Kubera, the God of Wealth, is worshipped on Dhanteras.

 

Like every festival, there are a few stories associated with Dhanteras. However, the story of the 16-year-old son of King Hima is the most popular legend connected to the festival. As per the horoscope, the son of King Hima was destined to die by a snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. To save her husband from death, his newly wedded wife thought of a plan. She built a heap of gold ornaments and silver coins at the entrance of their bedroom. Innumerable lamps were lit in every corner of the room as also the Palace. As the death was destined to be in his sleep, she sang songs and narrated stories to keep the price awake. When Yamraj, the god of death, arrived disguised as a serpent, he could not see anything as his eyes got blinded by the bright lights all over and hence he couldn’t enter the room of prince. He hid in a corner and kept waiting for lights to go dim and the prince to sleep so that he could bite him. But, his plans remained unsuccessful and he had to return empty-handed from the palace. Since that day, Dhanteras also came to be known as the day of Yamadeepdaan. Even today, some people keep lamps burning through the night on Dhanteras.

 

Happy Dhanteras!

 

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