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Dhanteras 2016

Dhanteras 2016 28th October, 2016: Dhanteras, Kali Chaudas


Prosperity is not a destination. Thus, there is no way to prosperity. Rather, it is the path in itself. Blessings of Goddess Lakshmi is the only power that illuminates the correct path of prosperity.


Dhanteras is celebrated to worship Goddess Lakshmi with Lord Kuber and thus, seek their blessings.


Kali Chaudas literally stands for ‘kali’ meaning evil and ‘chaudas’ meaning the fourteenth. Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Mahakali, the black incarnation of Goddess Shakti.


Story Behind Dhanteras and Kali Chaudas


The festival of Kali Chaudas revolves around Maa Kali, the incarnation of Goddess Shakti who destroyed the monstrous demon Narakasur or Raktavij on this auspicious day. Hence, this day is also called as Naraka-Chaturdashi.


The story behind Dhanteras revolves around a 26-year old prince and son of King Hima. He was destined to die of snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. But, his new wife kept him awake that night singing hymns and kept heaps of her gold jewellery on the entrance of the room. When the Yamadev in the form of snake-God arrived, he lost focus due to the bling of gold and melody of the hymns. He later went away without killing the Prince.


Why Dhanteras is Celebrated ?


On Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. On Kali Chaudas, Goddess Kali is worshipped to mark the victory of good over evil.


Muhurat of Dhanteras Puja


Dhanteras is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar.


The shubh Tithi begins at 4:15 pm on 27th October, 2016 to 6:34 pm on the 28th.


The puja muhurat starts at 5:34 pm to 6:20 pm.


Kali Chaudas is observed during Chaturdashi Tithi during Diwali festivity. The shubh Tithi begins at 6:20 pm on 20th October, 2016 to 8:40 pm the next day.


Benefits of Dhanteras Puja


Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras, is believed to bring in wealth and prosperity. Worshipping Goddess Kali on the midnight of Kali Chaudas is believed to protect from all evil eyes.


Products to perform the Dhanteras Puja


Dhanteras and Kali Chaudas marks the beginning of five day Diwali festivity. The rituals include:


  • It is considered very auspicious to buy gold, silver or home utensils on Dhanteras.
  • Rangoli is made and feet symbolising Goddess Lakshmi are drawn.
  • Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber are ardently worshipped on Dhanteras.
  • Lord Hanuman is worshipped on the eve of Kali Chaudas.
  • Goddess Kali is offered poha.
  • A head wash and putting kajal on Kali Chaudas is believed to ward off all evil eyes.