Dhanteras 2021

Dhanteras 2021: Date, Puja Timings, and historical significance

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Dhanteras 2021: On Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi, which occurs at the beginning of Diwali, devotees offer prayers to the goddess Laxmi. Dhanteras will be celebrated all over India on Tuesday, November 2nd, this year. Dhanteras, also known as Trayodashi of Krishna Paksha on the Hindu calendar, falls in the month of Kartik on the 13th lunar day.

During the evening of that specific day, devotees worship Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha with the hope of receiving blessings of happiness and prosperity for the family.


From 5:35 p.m. to 8:14 p.m., Pradosh Kaal is open.

Early at 11:42 a.m. till late at 12:26 p.m. – Abhijeet Muhurat

When: Evening- Dhanteras Muhurat 06:18 – 08:11

November 3rd, 11:31 a.m. to 9:03 a.m., Trayodashi Tithi


The festival of Dhanteras held one or two days before Diwali, signals the beginning of the festival. “Dhan” signifies wealth or money, and “Teras” represents thirteen in the Hindi language. The name Dhanteras is a combination of these two words. According to Hindu tradition, buying anything expensive or purchasing jewelry and utensils on this day of Dhanteras will bring good fortune, wealth, and success to the home. During Diwali, many people buy Idols to worship. A tiny dish, spoon, or another household item can be purchased and honored in accordance with the rite.

Diyas are lit in homes on Dhanteras as a symbol of good luck and serenity for the family and loved ones. Yama Dipam is a Hindu ritual in which Diyas and candles are lit around the houses to ward off the evil spirits of death. It is also believed that the god of death, Lord Yama with remain far from family. There’s a general message here about avoiding ill-luck that could affect those who live there. Sweets like Kheer, Lados, and Burfis are prepared ahead of time and offered as Prasad to friends and family members. As prasad, the Maharashtrians grind coriander seeds and Dhane with jaggery to make a particular delicacy.


The historical significance of Dhanteras can be found in the horoscope forecast of death by a snake bite on the 4th day of the marriage of a king’s son on the first day of the festival of Dhanteras. The snake tried to bite him, but his wife felt she could prevent it by changing the course of history. The snake represents Lord Yamraja, the Hindu God of Death, temporarily dazzled by the cash and jewelry the wife has placed at the room’s door. He couldn’t get in, and to protect the prince, he had to leave that night.