Dhanteras (Hindi: धनतेरस, Gujarati: ધનતેરસ) or’ Dhantrayodashi’ as it is popularly known is an auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated as the first day of the grand Diwali festivities. It is observed on the trayodashi tith of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight of moon) during the auspicious month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar, whereas in Gregorian calendar it falls during the month of mid-October to November.

Dhanteras 2021 is on November 02, Tuesday

4 months and 10 days to go for the event

Trayodashi Tithi timing on Dhanteras: November 02, 11:31 am - November 03, 9:02 am
Pradosh Kaal Time: 05:49 PM - 08:22 PM

Pradosh Kaal Time : November 02, 5:44 pm - November 02, 8:18 pm

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Diwali calendar 2021

Table below shows the 5 days of Diwali 2021:

Day 1 Dhanteras November 02, Tuesday
Day 2 Naraka Chaturdasi (Chotti Diwali) November 04, Thursday
Day 3 Lakshmi Puja (Diwali Festival) November 04, Thursday
Day 4 Govardhan Puja November 05, Friday
Day 5 Bhai Duj November 06, Saturday

The word Dhanteras is obtained by joining two words, ‘Dhan’ meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘Teras’ implies 13th. Hence on the 13th day of the Kartik month, Hindus worship Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi with full devotion. Besides in some regions of India, Dhanteras is celebrated as ‘Dhanwantari Jayanti’ that is the birth anniversary of ‘Dhanwantari’, who is the God of Ayurveda.

Dhanteras is observed two days before the celebrations of Diwali, the great Hindu festival of lights. On this day people worship Goddess Lakshmi to provide well being and prosperity. On this day the Lakshmi puja should be performed during the Pradosh Kaal that lasts for nearly 2 and a half hour after sunset. It is during this time that ‘Sthir Lagan’ prevails and it is believed that by worshipping during this time, Goddess Lakshmi will always stay in your home. This festival holds immense significance for business community and is celebrated all over India with great gaiety and fanfare.

Dhanteras 2021 - Muhurat and Puja Timings:

Sunrise02 November, 2021 06:36 AM.
Sunset02 November, 2021 05:44 PM.
Trayodashi Tithi Begins02 November, 2021 11:31 AM.
Trayodashi Tithi Ends03 November, 2021 09:02 AM.
Pradosh Kaal TimingNovember 02, 05:44 PM - November 02, 08:18 PM
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Rituals during Dhanteras:

The preparations of Dhanteras begin days in advance of the actual day. People start cleaning and decorating their homes and offices with diyas, lights, rangoli and flowers. The entrance is decorated with traditional and colourful designs of rangoli. The footprint of Goddess Lakshmi is also imprinted at the entrance of the house.

On the day of Dhanteras, people get up and take bath early, right after sunrise. After finishing the morning rituals they make preparations for Lakshmi puja in the evening. The entire family comes together in the evening to worship Goddess Lakshmi with ghee diyas, flowers, kumkum and chawal. People also worship Lord Kuber on this day to double their blessings and benefits.

On this day delicious sweets and savouries are prepared for offering to Goddess Lakshmi. In the state of Maharashtra, there is a unique custom of making ‘Naivedyam’ with powdered dry coriander seeds and jaggery.

On Dhanteras, some devotees also observe a fast since morning and break the fast after finishing the Lakshmi puja. The Prasad is eaten together with the entire family and also distributed among friends and families. People spend the day singing bhajans and devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi.

On Dhanteras there is also a tradition of lighting Yamadeep. In this ritual a diya is lighted for Yama, the Lord of Death, outside one’s home. It is believed that lighting this diya will ward off all evils and also prevent untimely death of any member of the family.

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Significance of Dhanteras:

‘Dhantrayodashi’ is considered to be auspicious in Hindu mythology as it is believed that n this day Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Kuber, the God of wealth, emerged out of the ocean while churning of the milky sea. From then onwards people started offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber to seek divine blessings for leading a successful life.

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On the day of Dhanteras, buying precious metals like gold or silver is also considered auspicious as a sign of welcoming Goddess Lakshmi in their home. The day of Dhanteras is also favourable for starting a new business venture or even buying house, car and jewelry.

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Dhanteras festival dates between 2018 & 2028

2018Monday, 5th of November
2019Friday, 25th of October
2020Friday, 13th of November
2021Tuesday, 2nd of November
2022Sunday, 23rd of October
2023Friday, 10th of November
2024Tuesday, 29th of October
2025Saturday, 18th of October
2026Friday, 6th of November
2027Wednesday, 27th of October
2028Sunday, 15th of October

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