Dhanteras- Five day festival of Diwali starts with the day of Dhanteras Festival. Dhanteras considered as an auspicious day to buy gold jewelry and utensils. It is also known as Dhanatrayodashi and Dhanvantari Trayodashi. In this post, we will discuss Dhanteras meaning, why dhanteras is celebrated, its history and significance.
Dhanteras is a Sanskrit word, which has a combination of ‘Dhan’ and ‘Teres’. Where ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘Teres’ has meaning Thirteen. According to the Hindu Calendar, Dhanteras falls in the month of Ashwin, on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha.
Why Dhanteras is celebrated
Why Dhanteras is Celebrated- As per the Indian Tradition, the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi, the God of knowledge Ganesha and the god of wealth Kuber worshiped on this day. There are different mythology connected with the reason for the celebration of Dhanteras. Here is a highly interesting mythology story connected to dhanteras.
Mythology connected to Dhanteras- why Dhanteras is celebrated
Samundra Manthan- According to the popular legend of Samundra Manthan, on the day of Dhantrayodashi, Goddess Lakshmi emerged out of the ocean during sea churning. Therefore this is also the reason that Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on the day of Trayodashi.
Churning of the ocean- We all are well aware of the churning of the ocean, where Lord Vishnu took kurma or tortoise avatar and took the Mandar mountain on his back. With the help of Vasuki, the ocean was churned by devas having the tail of the snake and asuras having the mouth of snake facing them leaving poisonous venom. On churning the ocean a lot of things came out of it namely parijat tree, the moon, paras stone, kamadenu, iravati, halahal (poison drunk by Lord shiva), Goddess Lakshmi and dhanavantri- who is known as Lord of medicine In whose name dhanteras is celebrated. This is another reason why dhanteras is celebrated.
Story of King Hima- Once upon a time, there was a king Hima who ruled over the kingdom with justice and love. He had a sixteen-year-old son. About his son, an astrologer forecasted a death by a snake bite which would occur on the fourth day of his wedding.
This forecast tormented King Hima’s heart and he searched a lot to save his son’s life. His son’s wife also plans to save him from this happening. She plans and did not let him sleep on that day.
On the appointed day, she gathered all her jewels and piled them up in front of the main door. She lits all the lamps in the chamber and did not let her husband sleep by narrating stories and singing songs to him. This kept him awake.
When Lorn Yamaraj arrives in front of the door, in the form of a serpent to claim the life of the son of King Hima, he was diverted by the glitter of ornaments of gold and silver. The ornaments were so drizzling that the snake could not see anything clearly. This kept snake from entering the door of the prince’s chamber and he stayed at the gate entire night.
Meanwhile, the girl kept singing melodious songs throughout the night. The snake was also listing and enjoying the songs at the doorstep. As the next day dawned, Lord Yamraj (Snake) simply went away silently. And, so it happened that the great idea of girl helped save the life of her husband.
Thus, the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras, and this is the reason why dhanteras is celebrated. There is also another name called ‘Yamadeepen’. Yama is the lord of death and deepen means to glorify him using lamps and light. On this occasion the ladies in the house light lamps, which burn throughout the night.
Significance of Dhanteras
As per the Hindu mythology, it is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber emerged out of the ocean while churning of the milky sea. From that day, people started the worship of Lakshmi and Kuber, the god of wealth and prosperity.
On this day, buy precious metals, jewelry like gold and silver, crockery, utensils, etc, are considered to be very lucky and the new item considered as the sign of welcoming Lakshmi in their home.
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