Dussehra is almost over and the festival of lights- Diwali is just upon us. Interestingly, not all people know that the festival of Diwali is actually a 5-day long celebration which begins with Dhanteras which is also known as Dhanalakshmi pooja.
Yes, Dhanteras is an important festival which has a cultural and traditional significance in the Hindu calendar and in this exclusive feature at What’s Up Life we share with you all you need to know about this day.
What is Dhanteras exactly?
The word Dhana means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. Hence, Dhanteras is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Aaswayuja in the Amaavasyanta Luni-Solar Calendar. On Dhanteras, Lakshmi – the Goddess of wealth – is worshiped to provide prosperity and well-being.
Dhanteras also holds special significance for the business community as Lord Kubera, the God of assets and wealth is also worshiped on this day.
How is Dhanteras Celebrated?
On Dhanteras people generally repair and decorate their houses. They make Rangolis, light clay diyas and pray to Goddess Lakshmi and God Kuber. They also stick ready made footprints of the Goddess Lakshmi to come wealth and prosperity to their home.
Additionally, on Dhanteras people buy gold or silver jewelry or utensils to venerate the occasion. It is believed that bringing new things at home is the sign of Lakshmi coming home whole year. Many wear new clothes and wear jewelry as they light the first lamp of Diwali while some engage in a game of gambling.
The Legend Behind Dhanteras
The legend behind celebrating the Dhanteras is the story of 16-year-old son of the King Hima. It is said that the son of King Hima was forecasted to die on the 4th day of his marriage through snake biting. The wife of the son did not allow her husband to sleep that day and instead, collected her ornaments, gold & silver coins and lit lamps everywhere in the room. She then, recited stories in order to keep her husband awake.
The god of Death, Yama arrived there in the form of Serpent. However, his eyes were dazzled because of the lighting lamps and jewelry. He was unable to enter the room that’s why he tried to then enter through climbing over the heap of coins.
But after listening the song of prince’s wife he sat down there for whole night and then went away without taking her husband. Hence, the festival of Dhanteras began to be celebrated.
Another legend behind the celebration of Dhanteras is believed to originate at the time when the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari known as physician of Gods had emerged out (having jar of elixir) from the ocean. So, according to this mythological tale, the word Dhanteras comes from the name Dhanavantri, the divine doctor.
So, now that you know all about the festival of Dhanteras, we at What’s Up Life hope that you understand the essence of this day and make the best out of this festive day to bring happiness and prosperity in your lives.