Dhanteras, a Hindu festival
is celebrated across the country one or two days before Diwali. Dhanteras is also referred to as Dhantrayodashi and it holds a great significance as it marks the beginning of Diwali
Procedure to do Dhanteras Puja:
- One deepak (diya) made out of atta/clay with 4 wicks
- Wicks for the deepak (diya), oil/ghee, matchstick
- Flowers, roli, chawal Water in panchpatra and a spoon
- Pata & Aasan
- Kheel & batasha
- Dhoop (sambrani) & dhoop daan
- Chopda with roli, chawal for applying tikka
- Suhali, petha (shaker para) Vidhi / Method of Performing the Puja
- In the evening, after seeing the star, the women of the house get together for puja. In some houses both men & women do the puja.
- Oil / ghee is put in the deepak (diya) with the Four Wicks.
- The Cowrie shell is placed on the deepak (diya).
- The deepak (diya) is lit. This is referred as Yamadeep. This Deepak pleases Yamaraj and the pitars / departed ancestors of the family.
- Some water from the panchpatra is sprinkled around the deepak, puja is performed with roli, chawal and money.
- Four suhali and little pethas are offered.
- Some people offer kheel and batasha.
- Women performing the puja go around the deepak (diya) four times & do pranam.
- The eldest woman of the family or unmarried girl of the house puts tilak from the roli in the chopda to everyone sitting for the puja.
- One male staff member of the house, covers his head with a cloth, takes the lit deepak (diya) and keeps it outside on the right side of the main gate. This person is given dakshina.