Kathmandu | The Dhanavantari Day is being observed across the country today by organizing several programmes. The day is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Pakshya.
The day is annually marked in commemoration of Lord Dhanavantari, the promoter of Vedic Ayurveda science. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Dhanvantari, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, emerged from the Samudra Manthan on the day of Dhanteras, holding a jar of amrit and the sacred text on Ayurveda. Goddess Lakshmi also emerged out of the milky water during the phenomenon. Hence, Lord Dhanvantari is worshipped on this day, along with Goddess Lakshmi.
On Dhanteras, many people buy metals, primarily gold and silver, as it is considered auspicious. Many even purchase utensils and kitchenware. Hence, on Dhanteras, the market witnesses huge demand for gold and silver. Several people also consider this day auspicious for the purchase of vehicles, properly and electrical appliances.
Nepal has formally started celebrating the day since the establishment of Naradevi Ayurveda Campus in Kathmandu in 1985.
It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari (the God of medicines) and Devi Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) emerged from the ocean bed during Satyug on the day.
Lord Dhanvantari, is believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu, held the kalash containing Amrit (immortality).
This year, in 2020, Dhanteras falls on November 13.
The Trayodashi Tithi begins at 9:30 PM on November 12 and ends at 5:59 PM on November 13.
The puja is usually performed after sunset. The Pradosh Kaal Muhurat is especially considered holy for Dhanteras Puja. The muhurat for that is 5.28 pm to 8.07 pm on November 13.
The Vrishabha Kaal, however, is ideal for Dhanteras Puja rituals. It begins at 5.32 pm and ends at 7.28 pm on November 13.
The Yama Deepa Shubh Mahurat is from 5.28 pm to 5.59 pm.
Dhanteras 2020 Date and Time: Dhanteras is popularly known as ‘Dhanatrayodashi’ and is observed just a day before the auspicious festival of Diwali.
Celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik, Dhanteras is a festival that marks the beginning of Diwali. Also known as ‘Dhanatrayodashi’ or ‘Dhanvantari Trayodashi’, Dhanteras will be celebrated on November 13 this year.
This festival has special significance to Lakshmi, Lord Kuber, Lord Yama and Lord Dhanvantari and it believed that worshipping them would help devotees increase their wealth prosperity. Interestingly, the Ministry of AYUSH observes Dhanteras as the “National Ayurveda Day”. It was first observed on October 28, 2016.
Day, Date, Time and Muhurat
According to the panchang of Krishna Paksha Muhurat of Kartik Mass, Dhanteras Puja will be observed on November 13 i.e, Friday. The auspicious time for Dhanteras Puja would be between 05:28 pm and 05:59 pm. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi arrives with the God of wealth– Lord Kuber. So, you can also perform Kuber Pujan and Lakshami Pujan on Dhantryodashi. Lakshmi Puja should be done in Pradosh Kaal between 05:28 pm and 08:07 pm after sunset.
Why utensils, gold and new clothes are bought on Dhanteras
It is believed that on the day of Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna Paksha, Dhanvantari appeared with the churning of the ocean. He has an urn full of nectar in his hands. Lord Dhanvantari appeared with the urn, so it is a tradition to buy utensils on the day of Dhanteras. It is believed to have good luck, splendor and health benefits. On the day of Dhanteras, Kubera, the god of wealth, is worshiped.