Dhanteras/Dhantryodashi is the first day of five days of Diwali festival. It falls on the 13th day or tryodashi of the Hindu Kartik month. According to Hindu mythology on the day of Dhanteras goddess Lakshmi came out along with Lord Kuber (God of wealth) during the churning of the milky ocean. Worship of Lord Kuber is known to be auspicious on Dhanteras. Lakshmi puja should be done on dhanteras during pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset when Sthair Lagana prevails. Some people observe fast on dhanteras and do a puja in the evening after sunset while placing seven grains in front of goddess Lakshmi’s idol and seek her blessings. Devotees prepare panchamrit ( a mixture of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt, and milk) and kheer and puri as a Prashad for Goddess Lakshmi on dhanteras.
Dhanteras Puja Muhurat
Trayodashi/dhanteras date/tithi Starts at 00:26 AM on 17th October
Trayodashi/dhanteras date/Tithi Ends at 00:08 AM on 18th October
Dhanteras Puja Timing- 7:28 PM to 8:18 PM
Pradosh Kaal – 5:46 PM to 8:18 PM
Vrishabha Kaal – 7:18 PM to 9:32 PM
Dhanteras is also known as a birthday of god Ayurveda and named as dhanvantri tryodashi or dhanvantri Jayanti. Yamadeep/Yamadiva is also a ritual falls on the same day of Dhanteras in which people light a dia for Yama (god of death) and pray to avoid unexpected death in their family.