Happy Dhan Trayodashi

Pundit Roshan Singh


Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in India. The festival, known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”.The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.

On Dhanteras, Mother Lakshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well-being. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on this day. Lord Kubera, the God of assets and wealth is also worshipped on this day. Installing a Sri Yantra or Kubera Yantra is considered to be very beneficial.


An ancient legend ascribes the occasion to an interesting story about the 16 year old son of King Hima. His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place. Then she narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband from falling asleep. The next day, when Yama, the god of Death, arrived at the prince’s doorstep in the guise of a Serpent, his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewellery. Yama could not enter the Prince’s chamber, so he climbed on top of the heap of gold coins and sat there the entire night listening to the stories and songs. In the morning, he silently went away. Thus, the young prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his new bride, and the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras. The following day came to be called Naraka Chaturdashi (‘Naraka’ means hell and Chaturdashi means 14th). It is also known as ‘Yamadeepdaan’ as the ladies of the house light earthen lamps or ‘deep’ and these are kept burning throughout the night glorifying Yama, the God of Death. Since this is the night before Diwali, it is also called ‘Chhoti Diwali’ or Diwali minor Diwali. An earthen lamp is taken around in each room of the entire house and placed outside where the garbage / bin is stored. This ensures that negative forces that are prevalent in the home for the past year are cleared and taken out of the house.

According to another popular legend, when the Gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrita or nectar, Dhanvantari (the physician of the Gods and an incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras. On this day all Ayurvedic practitioners and healers worship Lord Dhanvantari to grant them the energy and intelligence to work through Him and for Him in their service to humanity.  One may light a lamp and offer it to Lord Dhanvantari and keep it at ones prayer alter. The mantra Om Sri Dhanvantariye Namah can be chanted on ones chanting beads praying for His protection against ill health.

How to Celebrate

On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. “Lakshmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. “Bhajans”, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi, are also sung or listen to kirtan and bhajans on your CD player.

On the day of Dhanteras, business premises and homes are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with traditional motifs of Rangoli designs, flower and mango leaf garlands are hung at their front doors to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the night.

Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. “Lakshmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Laxmi, are sung and “Naivedya” of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds (Dhane in Marathi for Dhanatrayodashi) with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.

In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income.

Dhan Teras Vrat
(For long and healthy life)

In deeper terms, on this day Lord Vishnu’s un-manifest energy flows through Shri Laxami Devi’s Surya nadi (the right channel of the Kundalini) and the channel is activated. Thus the rays generated during the day are full of the ‘Tej tatva’ or the fire element. These ‘Tej’ rays spread all over the Universe and the whole Universe is illuminated by shiny golden particles.

Goddess Laxami’s chaitanya present in these golden particles provides opulence, prosperity and creates an environment conducive for spiritual practice. Hence on this day Goddess Laxmi is worshipped with utmost devotion. Because of the ritualistic worship with spiritual emotion, the Lord and controller of wealth – Kuber enters the earth’s environment and in this process Lord Ganesha removes the hindrances in way.

Thus by worshiping the coupled Divine energy of Goddess Laxami- the creator of wealth, Lord Kuber- the distributer of wealth and Lord Ganesha – the remover of obstacles in way, devotees are blessed with ability to attract wealth and thus fulfilling their desires.

Method of Observing Dhan Teras Vrat

This festival is celebrated on the Krishna Trayodashi of the month of Kartik. On this day Lord Dhanvantri should be worshipped and Dhan Teras Vrata Katha should be read. Have food only once in the evening. It is considered auspicious to buy a new utensil on this day.


“Om Hreeng Shreeng Kleeng Namah”


Aum Namo Dhanwantri Deva; Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;
Vishnu Swaroop Ji Tohra Vandan; Sweekaaro Jag Ka Abhinandan;
Abhinandan Tohra Abhinandan (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Saagar Manth Se Jag Mein Aaye; Amrit Kalash Bhi Aap-Hu Laaye;
Gal Vaikunthi Peetambar Odhe; Vipada Jaanu Aaye Daurhe Daurhe;
Daurhe Daurhe Aaye Tum Daurhe Daurhe (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Saanwal Varn Au’ Lambi Bhujaayein; Jagmag Jagmag Chaaron Dishayein;
Ek Bhuja Mein Shankh-Hi Saaje; Dooji Bhuja Sang Chakra Viraaje;
Chakra Viraaje Tohre Chakra Viraaje (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Neelkanth Aur Rakta-Hi Netra; Tej Pratap Se Jage Sab Kshetra;
Kesh Saje Aur Kaanon Mein Kundal; Damke Saara Abha Mandal;
Abha Mandal Damke Abha Mandal (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Mohini Ban Asuron Ko Chhakaayo; Devon Ko Oorja Punha Dilaayo;
Kaisi Leela Prabhu Aap Dikhayee; Saagar Ratan Banu Jagad Chaunkayee;
Jagad Chaunkayee Tum Jagad Chaunkayee (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Tum Ayurved Jagad Ko Deenha; Peerhit Rogon Se Mukti Keenha;
Rog Upchaar Ke Tum ho Swami; Swarag Lok Ke Tum Amrit Naami;
Amrit Naami Tum Amrit Naami (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Jaraa Rog Ke Aap-hun Bhakshak; Aapan Jan Ke Aap-hun Rakshak;
Achha Swaasthya Aap-hun Banavo; Mrityu Bhaya Se Aap-hun Bachavo;
Aap-hun Bachavo Prabhu Aap-hun Bachavo (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Tumko Jo Jan Roz Dhyaave; Rog Kasht Kabhi Nikat Na Aave;
Tumhri Jo Nit Aarti Gaave; Sukh Samridhi Phal Sada Woh Paave;
Sada Woh Paave Phal Sada Woh Paave (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Vinthi Karte Hain Tumhre Sanmukh; Mrityu Lok Se Karo Dur Dukh;
Manglaashish Se Rakho Apne Paasa; Sab Jan Tumhre Charnon Ke Daasa;
Charnon Ke Daasa Tohre Charnon Ke Daasa (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Daas Pradeep Rachi Aarti Tihaari; Sab Jan Sukh Do He Balihaari;
Haath Jorh Karein Aarti Tumhaari; Kasht Haro Sabke Paalanhaari;
Paalanhaari Sabke Paalanhaari (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Ayurved Se Karein Jan Sewa; Jai Jai Jai Dhanwantri Deva;
Jag Kalyaani Baanto Tum Mewa; Jai Jai Jai Dhanwantri Dewa;
Deva Ho Deva Dhanwantri Deva (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

Aum Namo Dhanwantri Deva; Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;
Vishnu Swaroop Ji Tohra Vandan; Sweekaaro Jag Ka Abhinandan;
Abhinandan Tohra Abhinandan (2); Namo Namo Dhanwantri Deva;

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