Dhanteras-The First Day Of The Five Day Long Festival Of Diwali


The festival of lights-Diwali begins with Dhanteras. This year, Dhanteras will be celebrated on Friday, 13 November 2020. According to the Hindu calendar or panchang, Dhanteras is celebrated every year in the 13th tithi or trayodashi in the Krishna paksha of Kartik month. Lord Dhanvantri is worshipped on this day. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantri was born on dhanteras. It is a custom to do shopping on this day as it is considered to be very auspicious. People buy jewelry of silver and gold, utensils, vehicles, cars, and broom. Buying things on dhanteras and doing shopping helps in getting an increase in wealth and it brings a lot of happiness and prosperity.

Muhurat Of Dhanteras

The muhurat or most auspicious time for Dhanteras pooja is 13 November 2020.

Significance Of Dhanteras

If you do shopping on dhanteras, there will be thirteen times increase in your wealth. People worship Lord Dhanvantri and pray to Him to get the boon of happiness, prosperity, and good health. They light a lamp or diya on the main door. People buy gold, silver, brass, copper, and steel items as per their capacity.

How To Prepare For Dhanteras

Dhanteras is the first day of the five day-long festival of Diwali and people wait for it with great enthusiasm and zeal. There is a custom of cleaning homes that starts several days before Diwali. The entire house is cleaned and unwanted articles are thrown away. Homes are decorated with lights, diyas, and flowers. People paint their homes with a new and fresh look. Rangoli is made on the front door with powdered colors of bright colors. People either draw and paint small-sized feet of Maa Lakshmi or stick stickers of the feet in the pooja room, door, bedrooms, and hallway. The feet stickers are also put on the main door in the front depicting the entry of Lakshmi maa in the house.

How To Celebrate Dhanteras

Buying things of gold and silver is a custom on Dhanteras that Hindus follow. Besides coins and jewelry, buying utensils is considered to be auspicious on this day. Clay diyas of small lamps are lit in the door and homes signifying driving away of evil, the defeat of darkness by light, and the victory of good over evil. People sing bhajans and worship Maa Lakshmi. The lighting of lamps or diyas helps in purifying the environment. There is also a custom of giving gifts to family members, relatives, and friends on this day. Buying brass articles, statues of Lord Ganesha and Feet of Maa Lakshmi is preferred. People also give gifts like sweets, dry fruits, gift hampers, Lakshmi and Ganesh Yantra. Decorating the door with Rangoli is a special activity at the festival. People decorate the homes and hand door hangings.

How To Do Shopping On Dhanteras As Per Your Rashi Or Moon Sign

It is auspicious to do shopping according to your Rashi or moon sign. See the item to buy as per your rashi.

1- Aries
People of Aries moon sign should buy gold jewelry and coins, brass utensils, or copper utensils. Buying an article of brass will increase your wealth manifold.

2- Taurus
Taurus moon sign can buy silver coins and jewelry, clothes, and vehicles. Don’t buy gold on this day.

3- Gemini
If your moon sign is Gemini, you must buy things related to education and copper articles. This will grant you blessings of Lord Dhanvantri.

4- Cancer
Cancer moon sign can buy silver and steel utensils. It will give you blessings of Maa Lakshmi. Don’t buy clothes.

5- Leo
People of moon sign Leo should purchase gold jewelry and coins for the blessings of Lakshmi. Buy utensils or religious books.

6- Virgo
Buying silver coins and a new vehicle is auspicious for the Virgo moon sign people.

7- Libra
Libra moon sign can do the shopping for silver utensils and new clothes.

Scorpions must buy gold jewelry and pooja items.

9- Sagittarius

People of Sagittarius sign can purchase vehicles and silver utensils.

10- Capricorn
Capricorn moon sign must buy vehicles and decoration items.

11- Aquarius
Aquarius sign natives can shop for utensils of silver and steel.

12- Pisces
Pisces sign should buy gold and silver items. You can also sign new agreements on this day as it will bring prosperity and promotion for you.