Diwali is a festival that is much loved by Indians. The festival is of four days first day being dhanteras. This day is also known as Dhantrayodashi and people perform puja of all the wealth they have. This dhanteras puja has to be done for the period of Pradosh Kaal that means time after the sun sets .It is believed that if you do puja of all your golden ornaments and any other wealth, then you will get wealth for the entire year ahead. Goddess Laxmi will give you more and more wealth in form of money and ornaments.
The day of Dhanatrayodashi is very first day of Diwali. This day is celebrated by distributing sweets, firing crackers and lightning lamps. Indian women also draw various rangoli designs on his great occasion. On this day, in different ages, great happenings occurred. It is believed that the god dhanvantari (god of Ayurveda) seemed on this day. This day is linked with a happening in which Lord Yama gave back life to a person because of great efforts of his wife who was about to die unfortunately. The story says that the wife was aware about untimely death of her husband. She came to know that lord Yama is going to come to take the life of her husband in form of a poisonous snake and hence she organised gold, gems and silver and kept him wide-awake with the help of songs.
As decided, lord Yama arrived as a snake but he was so hypnotised with the brightness of the gold, silver and gems that he came and peacefully sat near the wealth. He was also attracted by the songs and stories that he kept listening to them for a long time. At crack of dawn, lord Yama went away alone and without taking away lifeof that man.Since those times, this day is celebrated by performing puja of all the wealth.
On this day, people get up early in the morning and worship all the golden, silver, diamond ornaments possessed by them. You can also do the puja at the evening as it is belied that goddess laxmi enters your house in the evening time.
So if you are willing to gain a lot of wealth throughout the year then you must do the dhanteras puja. This puja will bring for you all the health and wealth for the upcoming year. Let the goddess laxmi be with you always and you may get all you want on this day.
Dhanteras Puja to Welcome the Goddess:
Being a land of contrastive castes and communities, Indians still live in peace and harmony with one another. We all respect each other’s cultures and traditional backgrounds.
India has been celebrating Dhanteras since time immemorial. It is celebrated throughout the country with the top- most level of vehemence and hilarity. People devote a great deal of devotion and frenzy towards this festival. Dhanteras marks the beginning of the festival of Diwali. Diwali is celebrated for five days continuously and Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali, wherein people perform the Dhanteras Puja.
The word Dhanteras comes from two terms: Dhan and Teras which means wealth and thirteenth respectively. On this day of Dhanteras, people buy gold. It is also believed that the Goddess of Wealth Dhanna Lakshmi is to be worshiped. There are designs of colorful rangolis made all throughout the house and there are diyas and lamps lit in the entire house. There are footprints made of vermilion powder and wheat flour that are drawn inside and outside the house to welcome the arrival of the Goddess of wealth- Lakshmi. People perform the Dhanteras Puja with zeal and enthusiasm.
An ancient legend ascribes the occasion to on interesting story about the 16 year old son of King Hima. His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place. Then she narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband from falling asleep. The next day, when Yama, the god of Death, arrived at the prince’s doorstep in the guise of a Serpent, his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewelry.
Yama could not enter the Prince’s chamber, so he climbed on top of the heap of gold coins and sat there the entire night listening to the stories and songs. In the morning, he silently went away. Thus, the young prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his new bride, and the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras. The following day came to be called Naraka Chaturdashi ‘Naraka’ means hell and Chaturdashi means 14th).
People wear brand new clothes and ornaments and burst crackers in the evening after the pooja is done. The Dhanteras Puja includes singing songs and devotional hymns. After the (more…)
India is a melting- pot of diverse cultures. People of different races, castes and communities have been living here in harmony and peace since ages. There has always been unity in this diversity. India is well- known throughout the world for its cultural diversity and ritualistic traditions. The entire nation celebrates all the festivals with one another with great pomp and splendor. As the festive season arrives, children and youngsters are all geared up. The elders decorate their houses and exchange sweets with the neighbors. Some of these festivals include Holi, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Diwali Dhanteras Pooja:
Speaking about Diwali, it is popularly known as the festival of lights. People light up their houses on the occasion of Diwali. The festival is usually celebrated in the month of November. The very first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras. Thus, we can say that Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali. This word is derived from two words: ‘dhan’ which means ‘wealth’ and ‘teras’ which means ‘thirteenth.’ People usually follow the tradition of Dhanteras Pooja for respecting the Goddess.
On this auspicious day, Lakshmi, who is regarded as the Goddess of wealth by the Indians, is worshipped to provide prosperity and well- being? In the evening, lamps are lit in order to welcome the Goddess of wealth- Dhana Lakshmi in the house. There are aartis and various devotional songs that are sung throughout the evening.
On this day, the business premises are decorated too. There are different color rangoli designs that are made at the entrance gate of every house so as to welcome the Goddess. The lamps are kept burning all throughout the night and small footprints made of rice flour and vermillion powder are drawn at the entrance of every house so as to welcome Dhana Lakshmi.
The Dhanteras Pooja is performed too. Some people address it as the Pooja of Goddess Lakshmi. Each and every family member participates in it with great amount of zeal and enthusiasm. The poojas are usually performed in the evenings and diyas are lit. They are tiny diyas of clay that are placed all over the house. It is believed that these diyas drive out (more…)