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Dhanteras is the day which marks the beginning of Diwali. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. 'Dhan' literally means wealth and 'terah' means thirteenth. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera are worshipped in all Hindu households.
On the auspicious day of Dhanteras, Hindus are supposed to buy new utensils and items of gold and silver. It is said that Goddess Lakshmi showers her blessings soon if one buys any of these on the day of Dhanteras. The Hindu God of wealth, Lord Kuber is also worshipped on the day of Dhanteras. It is a custom among many communities to worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber together to double the benefits of prayers. This year Dhanteras will be observed on 5 November, 2018.
Goddess Lakshmi Showers Her Blessings On Dhanteras
The Hindu God of wealth, Kuber is also worshipped on the day of Dhanteras. It is a custom among many communities to worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber together. This year Dhanteras will be observed on 5 November, 2018.
The preparations for Diwali also start from this day. People start buying crackers, diyas, candles, clothes, etc. So, do you know why Dhanteras came to be celebrated and why is it an important Hindu festival? Read on to know the legend and significance of Dhanteras.
There are two popular legends associated with Dhanteras. According to one, Goddess Lakshmi, once disappointed with Lord Vishnu, had left his abode. As a remedy, all the Gods were told to churn the waters of the ocean which was considered to be very divine. Many divine things emerged from the water, and it is believed that the divine Vaidya Dhanvantari (considered to be the doctor of the gods and the Lord of Ayurvedic medicine) emerged from the ocean with the elixir on the day which we today celebrate as Dhanteras. Hence, it is regarded as an important festival. That is why Dhanteras is also known as Dhanvantri Trayodashi.
The Legend Of Prince Hima
Another legend says once there was a 16-year-old prince known as Hima. His horoscope predicted that he would die of snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage.
When the prince got married and as the fourth day came, the prince's newly married wife, decided to play a trick. She laid down all her jewellery and coins in heaps near the door of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the palace. Then she started narrating stories to her husband to prevent him from falling asleep.
Then came Yama disguised as a serpent. His eyes were blinded by the lustre of the coins and jewellery. So, Yama could not enter the chamber of the prince. He climbed the heap of jewellery and sat there the entire night, listening to the stories and songs. In the morning, Yama went away.
Thus the prince was saved from the clutches of death. Hence, the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras.
Significance Of Dhanteras
While offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera is the primary event of the day, their blessings are considered necessary for the growth of business and success in professional life. Dhanteras is an extremely significant day for the business community. New account books are bought on this day and placed before Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera to get their blessings. People start new businesses on Dhanteras. It is believed that business started on this day becomes more profitable.
A girl child born on Dhanteras is considered auspicious. She is believed to be the incarnation or the representative of Goddess Lakshmi. It is said that she invites wealth and prosperity in the house. Hence, Dhanteras is considered highly auspicious.