Bhubaneswar, Nov 7: The auspicious festival of Dhanteras, also referred to as Dhanatrayodashi, signifies the commencement of the five-day Diwali festivities, and this year, it is scheduled for November 10.
Dhanteras, the inaugural day of the Diwali celebration, concludes with Bhai Dooj.
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The term 'Dhan' signifies wealth, and 'Teras' denotes the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha lunar fortnight. Dhanteras holds special significance as a propitious occasion for acquiring gold, gold ornaments, silver, new utensils, and various household items.
People engage in this shopping tradition with the belief that it will usher in good fortune and prosperity into their homes. Additionally, on Dhanteras, Hindus offer worship to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera, the God of wealth. Below, you'll find information about the ritual procedures, auspicious timings, and essential details about this festival.
Dhanteras 2023 Auspicious Timings for Worship and Puja:
As per the Drik Panchang, the auspicious timing for Dhanteras puja will commence at 5:47 pm and conclude at 7:43 pm, lasting for one hour and fifty-six minutes.
Pradosh Kaal: 5:30 pm to 8:08 pm (Performing Lakshmi Puja during the Pradosh period is considered highly auspicious).
Vrishabha Kaal: 5:47 pm to 7:43 pm
The Trayodashi Tithi (thirteenth day) begins at 12:35 pm on November 10.
The Trayodashi Tithi concludes at 1:57 pm on November 11.
Dhanteras 2023 Ritual Observances:
During Dhanteras celebrations, Hindus offer their reverence to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera. They also observe the Pradosh fast on this day.
Besides purchasing gold and silver ornaments, individuals buy copper, silver, and brass utensils and fill them with water or food before entering their homes on Dhanteras.
Additionally, they acquire equipment, vehicles, phones, laptops, refrigerators, microwaves, brooms, clothing, and various other household essentials.
On this auspicious day, it is tradition to procure idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh made of metal or clay. In the evening, four clay or flour lamps are lit and placed in front of the main entrance of the house, and donating lamps is regarded as an important ritual.