Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is the first day that marks the festival of Diwali in India.
Here ‘wealth’ means pure wealth. In the Shrisukta the Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sun are termed as pure wealth. This day Hindu Dharma’s scriptures have advocated procuring wealth only through the codes of Dharma by the sweat of one’s brow. The sentiment underlying Lakshmi pujan is that the Maa Lakshmi ‘wealth’ we have acquired is ultimately the result of God’s grace. For this we thank Him on this day.
This year Dhanteras fall on 5th November 2018 on Monday. In Hindu calendar it is fall on 13th day of Krishna Paksha.
Ashvin Krushna Trayodashi (Thirteen day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin).
Businessmen worship their treasuries on this day. A commercial year comprises the period between two successive festivals of Diwali. In common language this is known as Dhanteras. Account books for the New Year are begun on this day. According to Ayurved this is the birthdate of the Deity Dhanvantari.
However, to prevent untimely death, an oil lamp (or thirteen oil lamps) made of wheat flour should be lit and placed outside the house in the evening, facing southward. According to the Law of Karma, wealth acquired by any other means will create discord in one’s life as well as in society. Maa Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and Mata Lakshmi in the form of currency are offered pujan (worship).
According to the Law of Karma, wealth acquired by any other means will create discord in one’s life as well as in society. Mata Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and Maa Lakshmi in the form of currency are offered pujan worship. Actually the accounts for the year should be submitted on the day of Lakshmi puja, which falls two days later.
On this day, married women also known as soubhagyavatis partake only one meal and worship a cow which has a calf, either in the morning or evening.
Dhanteras puja also involves the worship of Lord Yama, the God of death. Lord Yama is honoured with Deep daan on this day for protection of one’s family and loved ones. After worshipping Yam Dev, 13 lamps should be lit.
Year : Vilambin
Vikrama Era : 2075
Saka Era : 1940
Ayana : Dakshinayana (South hemisphere)
Ritu : Sharada
Month : Ashwina
Paksha : Krishna Paksha
Days Since Kaliyuga : 1869964.27765
Julian Day : 2458428.27765
Hindu Panchang Sunrise : 06:39
Hindu Panchang Sunset : 17:29
Sun in : Tula
Moon in : Kanya
Hindu Panchang Moon Rise : 04:02:55
Hindu Panchang Moon Set : 16:17:46
Ayanamsa (Lahiri) : 24°06′56″