Dhanteras – The auspicious day to buy metal utensils as a sign of good luck. 5 days Diwali festival begins with Dhanteras. It is celebrated to seek wealth and prosperity.
Dhanteras = Dhan (Money) + Teras (Thirteenth). Dhanteras is celebrated on 13th lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in Ashwin month (October/ November) to seek wealth. The festival is observed 2 days before main Diwali. The day is also known as Dhantryodashi = Dhan (Wealth) + Trayodashi (13th).
On the special event of Dhanteras, articles made of Gold/ Silver/ Brass/ Steel are purchased. Considering the day auspicious, most Indian business communities begin their financial year on Dhanteras.
Dhanteras – Significance
The day is dedicated to Lord Dhanavantari, the physician of the gods – the lord of health and the spirit of knowledge. Lord Dhanwantari is incarnation of Lord Vishnu and manifested with four hands. He holds medical herbs in one hand and a pot containing amrit (rejuvenating nectar).
After all health is the greatest wealth hence people worship Tulsi (Holy basil plant) on the day of Dhanteras. Devotees symbolically seek the favor of Nature which is the ultimate source of health and wealth.
The main highlight of Dhanteras is that a new utensil or gold/ silver is bought for the house. People purchase Gold or Silver coins containing emblems of Lakshmi, Ganesh, Swastik or Om so that their house will be full of wealth and at the time of need, the asset can help them.
How Dhanteras Is Celebrated – What To Do On Dhanteras
On Dhanteras, People shop for gold, silver and other utensils.
Many people starts shopping for Diwali celebrations like Crackers, Diyas, Candles, Idols of Laxmi/ Ganesha etc.
People rush to buy gold/ silver ornaments on Dhanteras hence it is one of the most profitable days for jewelers.
Earthen diyas are lit on the evening of Dhanteras. It is believed doing this, evil spirits are destroyed.
Customs Followed On Dhanteras
Dhanteras is known for shopping. Know various customs followed on Dhanteras.
Dhanteras – The History
There are various mythological stories associated to Dhanteras which mark the origin of Dhanteras quite old.