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Dhanteras Celebration

Dhanteras Celebration

Diwali is a festival celebrated by all Hindus with lots of enthusiasm. Lots of sweets, crackers, lights and lamps accompanied with beautiful Rangoli brings in a bundle of happiness. Diwali - festival of lights is celebrated for five days which begins with Dhanteras celebration. Here are some interesting facts about Dhanteras.

Rangolis, diyas, firecrackers, colourful lamps are ready and here we welcome the festival of Diwali. The festival of lights - Diwali is a festival celebrated by all Hindus with lots of joy and excitement. For Hindus, Diwali also signifies the beginning of New Year.
Diwali is celebrated for five days. Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali festival which is followed by Kalichaudhas, Diwali, New Year and Bhai Dooj. Read on and find interesting facts about the celebration of the very first day of Diwali festival called Dhanteras.

What is Dhanteras?

Dhanteras indicates the beginning of Diwali celebrations. It is on this day on which people purchase precious metals with a belief that they will bring prosperity. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantryaodashi or Dhanwantri Triodasi.

What does 'Dhanteras' mean?

According to the lunar calendar, Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the Ashwin (October/November) month. The word Dhanteras comes from the Sanskrit word Dhan which means wealth and Teras which means thirteen.

What is the significance of Dhanteras?

This day is devoted to worship Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth according to Hindu mythology. People purchase gold, silver and other utensils on this day to welcome prosperity in their houses. They also purchase crackers, candles, diyas, lamps and most importantly clay idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi to perform 'Lakshmi Pooja'. A girl born on this auspicious day is said to be very lucky, as it indicates the arrival of goddess Lakshmi into the house.

How is Dhanteras celebrated?

Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali. It is considered as a very auspicious occasion to buy or to gift gold and silver articles. People decorate their houses with colourful lights and lanterns, beautiful Rangolis and also light diyas outside their houses. Children burst a variety of crackers on this day.
Today, exchange of Dhanteras gifts is extremely popular. Special gifts for Dhanteras flood the markets. Dhanteras festival is ideal time for setting up businesses, commencing new projects, celebrating housewarming, holding marriages, buying cars and investing in jewellery, as it is considered an auspicious day. Besides Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains also celebrate this festival on a large scale.

Why is Dhanteras celebrated?

Dhanteras is mainly celebrated to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Everyone tries to make Goddess Lakshmi happy and for the same reason they also perform 'Lakshmi Pooja'. People believe that it is very important for everyone to perform all the rituals correctly; else Goddess Lakshmi wouldn't be coming to their respective houses and indeed there would not be any prosperity. The Hindu community celebrates Dhanteras festival very religiously.

What is the story behind celebration of Dhanteras?

While the preparations of Diwali celebrations are on their full swing, Dhanteras adds on a new dimension to it. There is a very interesting story that backs this Hindu festival. The son of King Hema was intended to die on the fourth day of his marriage. The king and queen wanted their son to enjoy all goodness of life and therefore they got him married. The fourth day of his marriage was the disgraceful day.
On the fourth day, his wife did not let him sleep and placed lots of gold & silver coins around him and the gate was blocked with these coins. Moreover big lamps were lightened all around the palace. She kept telling her husband various stories and sung songs so as to keep him awakened. As Yama, the God of death came, in the guise of a serpent; he could not enter the room of the Prince as his eyes were stupefied by the flash of gold and silver. Leaving the coins aside, he then got lost in the songs sung by the princess and the way the entire palace was decorated. The next morning Yama had to turn back to his world. In this way the girl saved her husband's life.
Because of the above told story, this day is also called 'Yamadeepdaan'. Lamps are kept burning throughout the night in the honor of Yama. Another amazing legendary story associated with Dhanteras is that of 'Samudra Manthan'. When Lord Indra along with a team of demons churned the sea to nullify the curse of Sage Durvasa, Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the sea with 'Necter' (Amrit).
Dhanteras is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm which makes bonds of love and relationships stronger. Along with the Lakshmi Pooja, children add fun to the day by bursting colourful crackers and rockets. Dhanteras is a very fortunate day and people start all the new activities on this day. People love celebrating Diwali & Dhanteras and Dhanteras creates a cheerful and positive atmosphere all over the country.

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mamta.7 years ago
dhanteras is a major part of diwali celebrations for us. we await for this day as we have an elaborate puja and we start new account books.
Pihu Majumdar
Pihu Majumdar.7 years ago
thank you very much for posting this informative article. i always thought about the relevance of dhanteras and hardly knew about it.
esha sarkar
esha sarkar.7 years ago
I think Dhanteras is celebrated in North parts of India. in east india, it is not celebrated as such. Being from Bengal, i know that we only celebrate Diwali as Kali puja.
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Dhanteras is one of the days of Diwali celebrations. it is a Sanskrit name meaning wealth and thirteen, coming from words dhan and teras. it' s so named as it falls on the 13th day of hindu month Ashw...
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we clean our houses and whitewash it before diwali. on Dhanteras,we worship Goddess Lakshmi so an elaborate puja is organized. all the rituals asociated with the puja are to done correctly to invoke ...
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