Diwali is celebrated over the period of five days and the first day is Dhanteras ‘the festival of wealth’. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantryodashi in which Dhan means ‘wealth’ and Tryodashi means ‘13th day’ and Dhanteras is falls on the thirteenth day of the Kartika month and celebrated by the Hindus all over India with great gusto. There is an important ritual of buying precious metals like gold or silver on this day or utensils that’s why the day holds the special significance for the business community.
In evening goddess Laxmi is worshiped, lamps or Diyas are lit and Rangoli or Alpana is drawn on the floor and many also make goddess footprint to mark the arrival of goddess Laxmi. People welcome goddess Laxmi or Dhan-Laxmi in their home by doing Aarti and offer fruits and sweets to her. Hindus also worship lord Kuber as the treasure of wealth along with goddess Laxmi on Dhanteras. This custom of worshipping Goddess Laxmi and Kuber together is just to doubling the benefits of prayers. People buy gold or silver jewelries or utensils on this day to bring good luck in home and life.
Legends about Dhanteras
One of the interesting legend stories of Dhanteras celebration is the story of a sixteen years old son of king Hima. According to his horoscope he will die by snake biting on the fourth day of his marriage. His wife was very clever so she decided she would not let him sleep on that particular night and she arranged ornaments and gold and silver coins in heap and then made light by lighting so many lamps in the doorway of his husband. Then she narrated stories and sang songs the entire night just to keep him from falling asleep.
When the god of death ‘Yama’ enters the room in the form of a snake his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and jewelries. He then climbed to the top of the heap of gold coins and ornaments and sat there the entire night listing all the stories and songs. In the morning he silently went away and this way the young prince was saved from the clutches of death just because of the cleverness of her new bride.
On this day ladies of the houses lights the earthen lamp or deep outside the house just to protect every member of the house from miseries. This is called as Yamadeepan, and these Diyas are kept burning throughout the night glorifying Yama the god of death.
On this day every house, offices or shops are well decorated with decorative items like Wall hangings, torans, artificial flowers and much more. Ladies of the house draw Rangoli or Alpana at the entrance gate or pathways to welcoming goddess Laxmi and also draw the tiny footprints of Dhan-Laxmi just to mark the arrival of goddess Laxmi. People worship Laxmi and lord Kuber together on this day to bring wealth and prosperity at home. And then lit Diyas at Tulsi plant, Banana plant, cattle room etc. and then go to shops for buying jewelries or utensils. In today’s date people mostly prefer online Diwali shopping as it’s more convenient where you easily gets all the Diwali essentials or decorations online and can even send Diwali gifts to India online. So if you are looking for Dhanteras gifts then buy and send Dhanteras gifts to India online or even abroad without any hassles through online gifting portals at best and affordable prices.
When is Dhanteras 2017?
Celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Kartika, Dhanteras in 2017 falls on 17th October 2017.