On the day of Dhantrayodashi, Dhanteras Puja takes place. As per the Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of Kartik on the thirteenth day. It represents the celebration of Maa Lakshmi. People also offer their prayers to Lord Kuber, Yama Dev and Lord Dhanvantri to seek the blessings for the fulfilling and long life.
The word Dhanteras means Dhan and Trayodashi meaning wealth and the thirteenth day of the dark phase. The main purpose to perform this puja is to seek prosperity, happiness and wealth in the life of the individual. Lakshmi and Kubera are worshiped on Dhanteras.
On this day, Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the milky ocean. The Gods and Demons churned the ocean in order to seek the Amrut. Hence worshipping Goddess Laxmi on this day brings wealth and prosperity in one’s life.
Another name for Dhanteras is Dhanvantri Jayanti. Dhanvantari is the god of medicines. It is said that he too emerged during the process of churning from the milky ocean. He is also considered as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hence, this day is also very auspicious to worship Dhanvantri.
People also purchase utensils, silver and gold to welcome Goddess Laxmi at their home. Devotees also make rangoli designs in order to welcome Goddess at the entrances of workplaces and houses. Naivedyam which is considered as a traditional sweet is made by mixing cow’s milk and saffron, dry coriander seeds with jaggery on this special day
Who should perform Dhanteras Puja?
Dhanteras puja seeks the blessings of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Kuber. This puja is performed by the individual to seek wealth, health and success in the life of the individual. It gives the ability to increase the ability to gather wealth and improve the flow of finances.
Also, it helps to built both the spiritual and material wealth. If the individual wants to eradicate any type of financial issues, removing debts and provide financial stability. If the person is facing any health issues or ailments then this puja is very useful.
Benefits of doing Dhanteras Puja
The main benefits from the Dhanteras puja are that one gains wealth, helps to eradicate the financial crisis and helps in maintaining good health of the individual. Dhanteras also helps one to recover from different diseases.
It will also help to recover from any type of chronic diseases and other ailments of the body. This puja is very useful for the vital capability and to live a longer life.
This puja helps to lead a successful life and the career of the individual reaches a new height. It will also attract glory and fame in the life of the individual. The person achieves his goals and attracts wealth.
When should I perform Dhanteras Puja?
Dhanteras is the first day of five days long Diwali festivities. During this day devotees worship Goddess Laxmi and Lord Kubera who is the God of wealth. The Laxmi puja is performed after two days of Dhantrayodashi during Amavasya.
One should perform Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras during the Pradosh Kaal. It lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes after the sunset. One should avoid Choghadiya Muhurat for performing the Dhanteras puja. The best time to perform the puja is during the Pradosh Kaal when Sthir Lagna prevails. Sthir Lagna is the best time to perform this puja, as Lakshmiji will stay in your home forever.
How to perform Dhanteras Puja?
The women of the house perform the Dhanteras Puja after seeing the star in the evening. Men can also take part in the puja but it is optional.
In order to perform the puja, devotees place Four-wicked diyas which contain the cotton wicks on the small stool. Also place cowry shells along with the diyas.
The diyas are considered as Yamdeep as they are lit to offer prayers to Lord Yamaraj. This puja also offers respect to ancestors of the house.
Now they place the copper vessel near the diyas. One should sprinkle the water from the vessel around the diyas.
Devotees perform the puja using rice, roli and coin. They also offer sweets to the Lord in order to seek the blessings. Then, they chant the mantras and do the parikrama around the diyas.
They apply Tilak to their forehead. Then they place the diyas outside the main entrance. One should keep the diyas burning during the night to honour Yama in the custom of deep daan.
Requirements for Dhanteras Puja
The requirements to perform the Dhanteras Puja are:
Deepak/Diya of flour dough with 4 wicks, cowry shell with a hole in it, Sacred Water and a Spoon, Flowers, Rice, Roli, Garlands for the idols, Aasan for sitting, small copper tumbler, Coins, incense sticks, camphor and puja plate, Batasha, Dhoop, Sweets for offering, Wicks, Oil/Ghee and Matchbox.
One can arrange other pooja materials as per the customs in the family.
Cost of performing Dhanteras Puja
Different mantras include Chakre Gada Haste, Namastestu Mahamaye, Shri Maha Lakshmi Namostute and Shri Pitthe Sur-Pujite Shankha mantras. One chants the Dhanteras Yamdeep Daan Mantra while lighting the Diya at the entrance of the house for Yama. This cost of this puja might differ from place to place but it generally ranges from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 5000.