Diwali is the most important festivals of Hindus. The celebration of Diwali begins on Dhanteras and continues till Bhaidooj. It is a 5-day festive spree. So, people have lot of stuff to enjoy in these 5 days. Talking about continuation of this celebration so long, there is undoubtedly significance of every day. Dhanteras which embarks this celebration is an auspicious day. It falls two days before Diwali and people worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day. Let’s have a look on other details.
Mythology behind celebrating Dhanteras
As per Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the milky sea with a pot of gold and wealth on this day. To pay respect to them, devotees pray to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber on the auspicious day of Trayodashi.
For Dhanteras, people clean their houses and deck them up with diyas and flowers. It is also believed that making feet of Goddess Lakshmi is a holy custom. So, many people make little feet with rice flour entering the house. In the evening, people worship Goddess Lakshmi’s idol to get her blessings.
It is also a custom to buy silver and gold ornaments on this special day. In fact, people also buy steel utensils on this day. Buying these items bring prosperity and wealth to homes.
Dhanteras Muhurat timings for this year:
Dhanteras Puja Muhurta — 7:19pm to 8:17pm
Pradosh Kaal — 5:45pm to 8:17pm
Vrishabha Kaal — 7:19pm to 9:14pm
Trayodashi Tithi Starts — 12:26am (midnight) on October 17
Trayodashi Tithi Ends — 12:08am (midnight) on October 18