The festive season is On. So what are your Plans?
Why it’s is called Dhanteras?
Dhanteras marks the first day of the Diwali celebrations. ‘Dhan’ means money or wealth and ‘Teras’ signifies the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha, the dark aspect of the Lunar Month Kartik.
It’s the significance of Dhanteras
People worship Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth on Dhanteras. The story goes that if you purchase valuable products like ornaments, gemstones, and metal household products then you are effectively bringing Lakshmi or wealth into your home. So the year following will bring prosperity to your home and your life. The Indian business community always celebrates Dhanteras by purchasing something valuable which can be kept throughout the year.
Legend behind the Dhanteras:
An ancient legend describes the occasion of Dhanteras to an interesting story about the 16 year old son of King Hima. His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place.
Legend behind the Naraka Chaturdashi:
Then she narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband from falling asleep. The next day, when Yama, the god of Death, arrived at the prince’s doorstep in the guise of a Serpent, his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewelry. Yam could not enter the Prince’s chamber, so he climbed on top of the heap of gold coins and sat there the entire night listening to the stories and songs. In the morning, he silently went away.
A Celebration of Dhanwantari:
Dhanteras also celebrates Dhanwantari, the Ayurvedic Physician of the Gods. legend tells us that on this day, Dhanwantari emerged from Lord Vishnu’s Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean with a pot of life-giving nectar. Like many of my South Indian friends, my personal celebration includes having the customary Ayurveda Abhyanga Snana treatment on this day. My kids thoroughly enjoy getting into the bathtub to smear themselves with fragrant oils and sandalwood.