Festivals

The special significance of dhanteras for every home

Shubh Dhantreas

Dhanteras is a festivity celebrated by Hindus. On this auspicious day, people buy jewellery and new utensils to bring good luck. The day is after the thirteen days of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar every year. Dhanteras is usually 2 days before Diwali.  

Dhanteras is a word derived from Dhan which means wealth, and Teras means thirteen. 

Like many other Indian festivals, Dhanteras is linked to Hindu mythological stories. The story of Dhanteras is an interesting one; people worship Lord Yamraj on this hopeful day. As per one of the famous stories, it is believed that the horoscope of a kings son foretold that he is destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage; after getting bitten by a snake. On the 4th day of marriage, his wife was determined to change fate. She made certain that her husband didn’t fall asleep, as she narrated several stories to keep him up.

To attract the snake away, she laid out all the jewellery and coins at the house entrance in a heap. It is believed that when Yamraj came in the snakes disguise, he was blinded by all the shining jewellery and wealth. This way, the snake couldnt enter the princes room and got hooked to the wifes tales and ballads. It is believed that he noiselessly left the place at dawn and bared the princes life.

There is also another fascinating story that is very familiar is the one with Lord Dhanvantari, who is the physician of the Gods and an embodiment of Lord Vishnu, who came out of an ocean that is considered to be churned by the Gods and beasts on the festival of Dhanteras.

Dhanteras, since then, is known as one of the most promising days and one of the most significant festivals for Hindus. People also worship Lord Yamraj, the God of Death in the night and pray to seek blessings. Before Diwali, everyone cleans their house, decorates with diyas to keep the evil powers and negative spirits away.

Dhanteras is particularly marked by purchasing gold, silver, and utensils. There are also a few things that shouldn’t be purchased on this day. Purchasing Jewellery on this day is considered to be very significant. Any investment in ornaments is believed to bring positivity into your house and to all your family members. 

It is believed that one should never buy empty dishes on Dhanteras. Well, the shopkeeper will not give you utensils filled with food or other items but you can fill the utensils with water or food items before taking them inside your home.

Dhanteras is also the birth ceremony of the God of Ayurveda. A lamp for God of death should be lit outside your house so that any unfortunate loss of family members can be avoided. 

On this auspicious festivity of Dhanteras, it is believed that there will be an abundant shower of wealth in your life and bring the light of success. Happy Dhanteras!

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