celebration of dhanteras

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Celebration of Dhanteras

Here are some interesting facts about Dhanteras. Rangolis, diyas.
11. Dhanteras 2014
Dhanteras 2014 would be celebrated by the people with the great joy and happiness at Tuesday, on 21st of October.
12. Shubh Muhurat for Puja on Dhanteras
The shubh muhurat for the Lakshmi puja and Ganesh puja on the day of Dhanteras is from 7 04 PM to 8 15 PM.
13. Whole Duration of the shubh muhurat for puja is
1 Hour and 10 Mins
14. Pradosh Kaal is
from 5 41 PM to 8 15 PM
15. Vrishabha Kaal is
from 7 04 PM to 9 00 PM
16. History of Dhanteras
There is an interesting story behind celebrating the Dhanteras festival. It is considered as, once upon a time, King Hima sixteen year old son was destined to pass away just by the snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. His wife was very clever and she did not allow her husband to sleep on 4th day of the marriage. She arranges some gold ornaments as well as a lot of silver coins and made a large heap at the doorway of her husband. She also made light with the help of numerous lamps all around the place of his husband.When the God of death (Yama) came to his husband in the appearance of a snake, his eyes got sightless by the dazzling light of the lamps, silver coins and gold ornaments. So the lord Yama could not get entered into his chamber. Then he tried to ascend on top of the heap and started to listen the harmonious songs of his wife. Early in the morning he had gone away without taking her husband. Therefore the very young and newly married wife had saved her husband life from the death. That is why, the Dhanteras is also known as the Yamadeepdaan. Diyas or candles are kept blazing during the whole night in respect to the God Yama.Another myth is, a long ago Gods and demons stirred the ocean to get Amrita or nectar, after many days the Lord Vishnu had came out on the day of Dhanteras having a jar of the elixir.
17. Special Preparations for Dhanteras
Everybody wait for this day with lot of excitement to come soon as this is very lucky day for the houses and business premises. They renovate and decorate their homes or business premises with new paints, lights, Diyas, candle, flowers and rangoli. Entrance gate decorate with the colorful and traditional designs of rangoli in order to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. They stick small footprints of the Lakshmi going into their home they mix rice flour and vermilion powder and draw all over the houses.
18. Traditions and Customs of Dhanteras
It is a great festival for Hindus they purchase gold or silver coins, jewelry, utensils and etc. It is considered that bringing new things to home is a sign of good luck. Lakshmi Puja is held in the evening of the day with the tiny Diyas of clay, Bhajan, devotional songs to respect Goddess Lakshmi. The light of tiny Diyas denotes that the shadow of evil spirits will drive away from home.
19. Dhanteras Gifts
Dhanteras comes every year with the lot of happiness and brings new hopes in our life. The word Diwali means rows of lights which bring real light in the life of every people. It is a wonderful time for family gatherings, puja, celebration, sharing gifts and have dinner together. People in Benares purchase brass vessel as a gift for giving a gorgeous look to their dining table. Brass Kalash, Omkara Idol, Idol of Lakshmi and Ganesha, sweet hamper, readymade rangoli, foot prints of Lakshmi, door hangings and etc are other things to purchase.
20. Story of Dhanteras
Once, there was a king who was ruling his kingdom very happily. After several years he was adorned with the birth of a baby boy in his house. He was said by the astrologer that his son will die 4 days after the marriage. Then the king had started preventing his son from the girls. He had hidden his son on the place where no lady was there. But once, prince met a princess while passing his way. They had decided for getting married.According to the prediction, after 4 days of marriage the Yamdoot came there to take the life of prince. His wife started weeping for his husband then Yamdoot asked to the Yamraj that please tell her a way to save his husband life. Yamraj said that, the one who will worship him in the night of Trayodashi in the Kartik Krishna Paksha with the lamps facing to the south, has no fear of sudden death. That s why people lit lamps outside their houses facing towards south on the day of Dhanteras.

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