The festival Dhanteras is famous for buying gold/silver. There are various mythological stories related to Dhanteras which mark its origin quite old. Lets know some of them.
The Story Of King Hima’s Son
This story is about the son of King Hima. As per his horoscope prediction, he would die on the fourth day of his marriage by snake biting.
Later, He got married. On the fourth day of his marriage, his newly-wed wife placed all her gold/ silver ornaments on the doorways and made the heap of coins. She lit lamps on the entrance. She let her husband awake by narrating stories and singing songs to him.
When Yama, the lord of Death, arrived at the their home, his eyes were dazzled by the light appearing from lamps and jewellery. Yama, in the form of snake, could not enter the home so he sat on top of the heap of coins. He spent whole night listening melodious songs and stories. Thus, missed the timeline of biting the prince. This way, the intelligence of prince’s wife could save her husband’s life.
Remembering the story on Dhanteras, people lit Diya/ Deep (earthen lamps) all over the place, known as Yamadeepdaan. These lamps are kept burning throughout the night glorifying Yama, the god of Death.
From ancient times, Dhanteras is celebrated as a reminder that cursed fate can be recovered by the right actions (Karma).
The Story of Lord Dhanavantari
Dhanteras is dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari. He is considered the physician of Gods.
It is believed, Lord Dhanvantari bestows good health to devotees. He is mainfested with pot of Nector in his hand, which is the symbol of longitivity. According to Sushrut Samhita and Bhagwat Geeta, When Ocean of milk was churned by Devas (Gods) and Asura (demons), Lord Dhanvantari emerged with a pot of Amrit (Nector).
Considering health the primary wealth, Lord Dhanvantari is worshiped in most of the regions on Dhanteras for the desire of good health.