Dhanteras 2017: These are puja muhurat timings for this year

Doris Richards
October 16, 2017

Also known as Dhantrayodashi, Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali festival.

Literally Dhanteras means "Dhan"= wealth, "Teras"= 13day of the moon cycle. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Vikram Sambat Hindu calendar month of Aaswayuja in the Amaavasyanta Luni-Solar Calendar.

Thus, the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras.

Gold Jewellery: People believe that buying Jewellery or anything related to gold or silver like Silver Utensil and Silver coins bring luck.Electronic products pick up the pace in recent years as shops and stores give heavy discounts on electronic products. So, as per old stories, on this day, goddess Lakshmi visits the house of her devotees and blesses them with prosperity. These are the three legends surrounding Dhanteras:1. According to his horoscope, he was destined to die by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. In order to keep him wide awake, she sang songs and narrated stories.

Yama, the god of death, could not enter the chamber when he came to get the prince's soul as a serpent, as he was dazzled by the brilliant shine of the jewelry and the lit lamps. He listened to the stories the newly Wednesday wife was narrating to her husband and enjoyed the songs she sang while he was sitting on the top of the heap of gold and silver. As the next day dawned, he simply went away silently.

Silver: By buying silver on the day of Dhanteras, fortune prevails. These footprints indicate that goddess Lakshmi has arrived. After many years, Brihaspati, Indra's teacher, worked towards finding a solution to Indra's troubles. Dhanvantari is an incarnation of Vishnu and the physician of the Gods. Delicious candies are offered to goddess Lakshmi. She did not let him sleep on that day and put piles of lovely and glittery gold and silver coins along with all her ornaments at the entrance of the chamber where her husband was lying down.

LegendAccording to a popular legend, when the Gods and the demons were churning the ocean for nectar, Dhanvantari emerged carrying a jar of exilir on Dhanteras. This is the reason Dhanteras is also called as dhantrayodashi.

The Drikpanchang, suggests that the Dhanteras pooja should be done during the muhurat of Pradosh Kaal which begins after the sun sets and it usually lasts for an hour or so.

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