Dhanteras 2023 – Know Rituals, Puja

Dhanteras 2023 is celebrated every year 2 days before Diwali on “Dhan Trayodashi” dedicated to God Dhanvantari. People buy gold, property, many auspicious items and worship God Kuber & Goddess Lakhsmi and seek blessings for health, wealth, fortune and prosperity. People lit up the earthen lamps (diyas) and decorate the house, this marks the onset of Diwali festivities.

What is Dhanteras & the real meaning ?

Dhanteras is a festival celebrated by Hindus people all around the world. This festival is celebrated every year in the ‘Kartika month’ (of Hindu lunar calendar) on 13th day krishna paksha called ‘Trayodashi’, i.e. Dhanteras is also called Dhantrayodashi.‘Dhanteras’ is a Sanskrit word which means – Dhan (means ‘wealth’) and teras (means ’13th day’). This year Dhanteras will be celebrated on 10th November 2023.

Why is Dhanteras celebrated ?

Dhanteras is celebrated because on this day GodDhanvantari ” was borned. During the ‘Samudramanthan’ by the Deities and demons to get the elixir of life Lord Dhanvantari was borned with ambrosia in one hand and in another sacred text book of Ayurveda. God Dhanvantari is considered to be the 12th incarnation (avatar) of God Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari is the father of Ayurveda medicine and physician. People worship the God Dhanvantari to seek the blessings for good health and prosperity.

Dhanvantari Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi puja muhurat 2022
Happy Dhanteras 2023

Dhanteras Puja Shubh Muhurat 2023 (auspicious time) and rituals at home ?

Devotees worship the God Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, God Dhanvantari and God Kuber in many different ways. Devotees perform kalash sthapna with rice, coconut, kum kum and betel leaves and worship Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati along with God Ganesha, Kuber and Dhnvantari perform Puja & aarti with family, offer flowers, wheat, pulses, dry fruits and Bhog (of sweets) as prasad to deities.

People, especially women, as ritual they create a ‘Swastika’ symbol with ’roli or sindoor’ (vermillion) on both sides of the entrance door of the house to symbolize the coming of Goddess Shri Devi (of Good luck) and the symbol of ‘Shubh & Labh’ created who are the sons of Lord Ganesha. And the red footprints made near the entrance door, which depicts the coming of Goddess Lakshmi.

A Square earthen lamp with four wicks is also lit up on the entrance of house and courtyard of house to worship the God Yama to avoid bad luck or drive away the evil energy. Dhanteras Puja Muhurat (auspicious time) on Saturday, 10th November 2023 starts from 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM.

Why do people purchase Gold, Silver or utensils on Dhanteras ?

It’s believed that to protect from bad omens, People buy gold and silver jewelry and many precious metals & utensils according to their budget. 

What’s the Story behind this ?

It’s believed that there was a King Hima, the astrologers predicted that his son is going to die by the snake on the 4th night after marriage and her wife found that prediction. To save his husband that night, she didn’t let her husband sleep, sang songs and the interesting thing is that she laid out her ornaments of Gold and silver at the entrance of her room, lit up the lamps and did not let him sleep.

When Lord Yamdev (God of Death) came in the disguise of a serpent that night, when he entered the door of Prince’s room. He was blinded by the brightness of Gold, silver and the lamps. He sat there and listened to the stories and songs by the Prince’s wife. When the Sun rose, he left from there and did not harm the Prince and Prince lived to see the next day.

That day is celebrated as Dhanteras, to symbolize good luck people purchase gold and other ornaments on this day. Also an earthen lamp is lit up on the entrance door of the house for the God of Death to avoid the untimely death of a family member.

Auspicious Things (Items) to buy on Dhanteras 2023

  • Broom (jhadu)
  • 11 pieces Gomti chakra
  • Utensils (of brass, silver and gold)
  • Laxmi , Ganesha idols, Kuber, Dhanvantari sculptures.
  • Dry fruits, Diwali feast, sweets & chocolates
  • wooden furniture stools, chairs
  • Deepak (diyas or earthen lamps)
  • Incense
  • Rangoli items for decoration
  • Traditional Diwali Dresses, clothes
  • + property.

Dhanteras Diwali 2023 Decoration

  • With lights (LED lights, fairy lights, candle lamps, electric lamps)
  • Diwali candles (LED candles, wax candles, floating candles, tealight candles)
  • Diwali wall hangings (mirror wall rangolis hangings, flower rangolis, stone rangolis, traditional wall hangings, sculptures, paintings, torans(entrance of homes), lanterns).
  • Flower decoration
  • Rangoli
  • Home decor

How many lamps (Diyas) are lit up on Dhanteras [Yama Deepam Daan] ?

Dhantera Puja also involves the worship of Lord Yama (God of Death). Devotees worship the God Yama with Deep daan and on the entrance of the house, on this day there are 13 earthen lamps filled with sesame oil are lit up facing southwards to protect one’s family from evil energy and untimely death.

13 diyas or earthen lamps lit up on dhanteras diwali 2022

Why 13 Diyas (lamps) are lit up on Dhanteras and its significance ?

On Dhanteras 13 earthen lamps or diyas are lit up at different places

  1. first diya should be lit up outside the house near garbage facing southwards, to protect from unexpected death.
  2. second lamp lit up with ghee in the house temple / mandir to prosper with good luck.
  3. third diya placed in front of Goddess Lakshmi to seek her blessings for good fortune & prosperity.
  4. fourth diya is it up in front of Tulsi, to bring peace and happiness.
  5. fifth lamp is lit up on the entrance of the house to bring good luck, joy and happiness.
  6. sixth diya filled with mustard oil is lit up under the peepal tree to give relief from financial issues and bring fortune.
  7. seventh diya lit up in a nearby temple to prosper.
  8. Eighth lamp lit up near garbage
  9. nineth diya lit up outside the washroom to maintain the positive energy.
  10. tenth diya lit up on the roof to protect the house.
  11. eleventh lamp lit up on windows to spread brightness.
  12. twelfth diya lit up on the terrace to spread festivity.
  13. thirteenth lamp should be lit up in the courtyard of the house to bring peace and protect from evil energy.

Famous Dhanvantari Temples to visit

There are many Dhanvantari Temples across India, but some famous of them are :

  • Dhanvantari shrine at Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, T.N.
  • Thottuva Dhanvantari temple, Kerala.
  • Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram, T.N.
  • Nelluvaya Dhanvantari Temple, Thrissur, Kerala.

Why is God Kuber worshiped ?

Lord Kuber is also considered to be the God of wealth, power, eminence and richness. According to mythology, each God has its own responsibility, so God Shiva gave the responsibility to Kuber that he will protect the wealth of every deity. And its belief that because of God Kuber all deities used their wealth in a rightful manner.

And it’s also believed that on Dhanteras when anyone purchases Gold or precious metals and dedicates it to God Kuber, he will protect his wealth himself. It’s also believed that if anyone worships God Kuber on Dhanteras, all problems related to wealth will be resolved.

Dhanteras Wishes 2023

  • Happy Dhanteras 2023, Shubh Dhanteras, Auspicious Dhanteras.
  • A very Happy and prosperous Dhanteras 2023.
  • Wishing you & your family good health, wealth and prosperity on this occasion of Dhanteras.
  • I hope this Dhanteras festival brings you more good fortune and prosperity.
  • May the Goddess of Wealth fill your abode with wealth, fortune and prosperity, Shubh Dhanteras.


When is Dhanteras 2023 ?

Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi 2023 will be celebrated on 10th November 2023 this year. And the Puja Shubh Muhurat Time is from 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM.

Who celebrates Dhanteras 2023 ?

Dhanteras festival is celebrated by Hindus all over the world, this day is celebrated on 13th day of Krishna paksha in the ‘Kartika month’ (of Hindu lunar calendar) called ‘Trayodashi’, just 2 days before Diwali.

Why is Goddess Lakshmi worshiped on Dhanteras ?

Goddess Lakshmi represents wealth, material and spiritual prosperity. She also symbolizes happiness and intelligence. So people worship the Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras and Diwali to seek blessings and bring prosperity and good luck.

Why is Dhanteras celebrated 2 days before Diwali ?

Dhanteras is celebrated 2 days before Diwali because Lord Dhanvantari 12th incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu was borned on this day. And he is considered to be the father of medicine (Ayurveda) and physician. 

Why is God Dhanvantari worshiped on Dhanteras ?

Lord Dhanvantari is the father of medicine (Ayurveda) and physician. So, People worship God Dhanvantari on this day to seek blessings for good health and prosperity.

When is National Ayurveda Day and when it was first celebrated in India ?

Every year on the occasion of  Dhanteras (or Dhanvantari Jayanti) – National Ayurveda Day is celebrated, this year it will be celebrated on 10th November 2023. To promote the ancient ayurveda treatment worldwide, the Ministry of Ayush started to celebrate the National Ayurveda Day and it’s first celebrated on 28th October 2016.

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