Significance of Dhanteras
Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali festival is celebrated on November 5 this year.
The Puja Muhurta to celebrate this festival is from 6:05 pm to 8:00 pm i.e. the total duration of Lakshmi puja will be one hour and 55 minutes.
In the earlier article, you have read about the legends behind Dhanteras.
In this article, you will know about significance of Dhanteras.
As this festival is mainly associated with Goddess Lakshmi, people worship her to get wealth.
They clean their homes by whitewashing and decorating with clay diyas. They make Rangolis in front of their homes.
They also make footprints with rice flour or use readymade footprints of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth to invite her to their homes.
In evening, they perform puja to the Goddess and offer flowers and sweets. They chant the mantras of Goddess Lakshmi and wear new clothes.
Lamps are lit and kept burning during the entire night on Dhanteras. Devotees believe this will keep them away from Yama, the God of death.
As Dhanteras is also believed to be the day on which Dhanvantari, the physician of Gods emerged, Indian government announced it as the National Ayurveda Day. It was first observed in 2016 in this country.
People normally buy precious metals like gold and silver. They also buy appliances, utensils and other new things on this day believing it as lucky.
In addition to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kuber is also worshipped. It is believed that the Lord bestows riches to those worship him on Dhanteras. The worshipping of both Lakshmi and Kuber doubles the prospects of the worshippers.
In Maharashtra, people offer a sweet made with dry coriander powder and jaggery. It is celebrated as a Mini Diwali with great devotion and joy.
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