– Dhanteras –
Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali
Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November).
In the word Dhanteras, “Dhan” stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot more significance for the business community.
Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. “Lakshmi-Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir 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 with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
In villages cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south cows are offered special veneration as they are supposed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and therefore they are adorned and worshiped on this day.
The Gupta family holds a ‘Bhakti Sandhya’ every 15 days, which is open to all devotees free of cost.
It is a religious gathering at Radhe Maa Bhavan, organised to worship Maa Jagdambe. Load Shiva and other deities are honored with prayers and bhajans. It involves ritual worship (puja), bhajan (singing of devotional hymns), prasad (grace in the form of a gift from Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa) and langer (communal meal) followed by darshan of Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa.
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