Dhanteras is celebrated on Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna Paksha. Apart from Dev Dhanvantri, Goddess Lakshmi and God Kuber are worshipped on this day. Yam Dev is also offered Deep Dan on this day. it is believed, worshipping Lord Yam on this day cancel any premature death. After worshipping Yam Dev, a lamp should be lit on the entrance door facing the south direction for the whole night. Few coins and kodi are put in this lamp.
Dhanteras Puja Muhurat
Pradosh Kal: Pradosh Kal is the time of 2 hours 24 minutes after sunset. Deep Dan and Lakshmi Pujan is considered auspicious during this time. On 24th October 2011, sunset time will be from 17:44 to 20:08 in Delhi. During this period, Taurus Lagna will be the fixed Lagna from 19:05 to 20:08. The mahurat time will bring wealth in Home and family.
- Amrit Muhurat from 06:10 to 07:37am
- Shub Muhurat from 09:04 to 10:32 am
- Char Muhurat from 17:49 to 19:22
- Labh Muhurat from 22:27 to 24:00
Worshiping in the above mentioned Labh Muhurat increases the benefits. By the auspiciousness of Subh Muhurat, individual gets favorable health, wealth and longevity. Worshipping is Amrit Muhurat is considered to be most favorable.
Auspicious Muhurat in Evening
The time of Pradosh Kal,fixed Lagna from 19:05 to 20:08 will be the most auspicious for the Pujan of Dhanteras.
What to purchase on Dhanteras
Bringing home the silver idols of Lakshmi and Ganesha, increases wealth, success and growth at house, offices and business organisation. Lord Dhanwantri appeared in sea with an urn, hence, there is a tradition of buying utensils of this day. It is believed buying utensils or silver increases their count by 13 times. Also, buying seeds of dried coriander and keeping them in house increases wealth. On the day of Diwali, these seeds are sown in garden or farms. These seeds are the symbol of growth and wealth increment in a person’s life.
The worshipping of Dhanteras should be done in Subh Muhurat. First of all 13 lamps should be lighted and Kuber in the Locker should be worshipped. Lord Kuber is worshipped and offered flowers and it is said the I worship you Kuber lord who sits on the best plane similar to Garudamani, holding Gadha in both the hands and wearing crown on head, dear friend of lord Shiva. After this worship with incense sticks, lamps, Navedy and chant the following mantra
'यक्षाय कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय धन-धान्य अधिपतये
धन-धान्य समृद्धि मे देहि दापय स्वाहा ।'
Source: Dhanteras 2011, Dhanteras Shubh Mahurat