Dhanteras 2020 falls on the 13th of November and is an auspicious day for all Hindus of India. It also is the beginning or the first day of Diwali.
Dhanteras marks the onset of the five day long celebration of Diwali – the Festival of Lights. One of the most important Indian festivals, Diwali is all about spreading light, positivity and happiness. Diyas, earthen lamps, twinkling lights adorn the Indian houses and the festival is the most awaited one.
Dhanteras 2020: Date, Puja Timings, History, and Importance!
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Moreover, Dhanteras’ significance lies in the worship of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Kuber. As we know, Dhan means riches, and Teras means the 13th day of a Lunar fortnight. It falls on the Karthik month of the dark Lunar fortnight. This year it falls on both 12th and 13th November.
According to popular mythology, it’s said that on this day, for the good of humanity, the discovery of the Amrit Kalash by the founder of Ayurveda, God Dhanwantri, by churning the sea took place in the Kartikh month of Krishna Paksha.
Hence on this day, we worship our Goddess to pray for wealth and celebrate the occasion with beautiful food, lights, and festivity.
According to religious lore, Dhanter as falls on the day that Goddess Lakshmi Maa had come out of the ocean during the churning of the Milky ocean.
People consider this day as auspicious and go out to buy precious jewelry and metals, new clothes, and make delicious meals for our family. And this is as the festival is about riches and prosperity.
This day is also for the worship of Lord Dhanvantri, who would be the Lord of Ayurveda. And this is as the lore goes, where the Lord has helped humankind understand the concept and significance of Ayurveda.
And as Ayurveda is effective against various diseases, helping people live and earn longer, it is the festival of Dhanteras.
Why Do People Buy Coins and Jewellery?
The name of the festival, Dhanteras, comes from old lore. According to it, popular King’s Hima’s son was predicted to die by astrologers on his sixteenth birthday. However, the king as per the advice of the astrologers got his son married to a girl who had a good and auspicious horoscope.
Now, on his sixteenth birthday, his wife and the king’s daughter-in-law devised a clever plan to save her husband from the crutches of Lord Yamraj, the God of Death.
So, that night, his wife had placed golden and silver jewelry, gold coins, lit diyas, and various precious things at the door. And as Yamraj had arrived as a serpent, the brightness of these lights blinded him and he couldn’t complete the mission. Meanwhile, she kept singing in her melodious voice. This attracted Yamraj and the time was up to take her husband.
Hima’s son was thus safe from the grasp of death thanks to the beauty of jewelry and her clever plan. Therefore, the ritual of buying jewellery and precious metals surfaced from this popular mythological legend. And Dhanteras was celebrated every year on Krishna Paksha.
Hindus associate this lore that buying precious stones and metals attracts wealth and prosperity and thus they kept the tradition alive.
The Date and Time for Dhanteras 2020
The Puja for Dhanteras, according to Muhahat, shall take place from 5:28 PM to 5:29 PM on Friday, 13th of November.
Additionally, the Pradosh Kaal on this date would be from 5:28 PM to 8:07 PM right after the sunset. Meaning, it shall be for 2 hours and 25 minutes approximately.
The Vrishabha Kaal would be from 6:02 PM to 08:03 PM on this auspicious day as well.
And of course, the Trayodashi Tithi begins today (12th November), at 9:30 PM, and ends at 5:59 PM tomorrow, November 13th).
How Shall the Celebration Take Place?
The Dhanteras 2020 celebration shall take place by buying new clothes, gold coins, silver and gold jewelry, and more. While there is a nationwide lockdown in COVID, everyone can celebrate the tradition in some new and safe ways, such as:
- Buy clay or silver idols as they are easier to keep clean and maintain.
- Instead of inviting your family and friends over, opt for a group video call to have everyone celebrate together.
- Make meals all at home. And if you wish for someone living far, to taste your food, send it through quick delivery systems.
When is Diwali celebrated?
Diwali is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartikamasam on the darkest night known as Amavasya. This is a New Moon night. Typically, the festival starts two days before the new moon and lasts until two days after the new moon. The best part is that the day of this ethereal Indian festival takes place in the darkest days of October or even November.
Here, Diwali or Deepavali in Sanskrit connotes the usage of earthen Diya pots to light up the sky. It is said that the houses lit up to welcome Lord Rama, Lakshman, and Sita Devi. Diyas, lights, earthen pots, rangolis outside the house along with Pooja are a part of the Diwali festivities.
Let the 2020 Dhanteras be a time of glow, happiness, and safety. Here’s wishing all Shubh Dhanteras and Diwali.