It’s rare to see a culture embracing the worth of money or wealth, and literally worshiping it. This festival celebrated in the Northern part of India with a huge significance, marks the beginning of a substantial and important festival, Diwali.
On Dhanteras, Goddess of wealth and prosperity-Mahalaxmi is worshiped for well-being, success and growth. Dhanteras is also known as Dhanatrayodashi. Dhanteras is a Hindi word which is a combination of two words, dhan which means wealth and money, and teras which is the thirteenth day of the Hindu month Kartika. This festival brings optimism and delight in people’s lives.
There are certain myths and prevalent ancient stories behind the celebration of Dhanteras. It is believed that there lived a sixteen year old son of the king Hima, whose horoscope predicted death by snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. His wife lit lamps all around his sleeping area and heaped all her gold and silver ornaments at the door of the room, and kept singing the hymns and bhajanas the whole night. This prevented the Yama, the God of Death, to enter his room and even he listened to the bhajanas sitting on the heap of gold, and silently went back in the morning. Since then, wealth is worshipped on this day.
Dhanteras Puja holds the very significant place in one’s life. People purchase gold, utensils, silver in order to make Goddess Laxmi to arrive at their home. From this day people starts purchasing crackers, diyas, idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, khilonas etc. Interestingly, if a girl born on this day she is considered to be the arrival of goddess laxmi in the house and when the girl gets married and goes to her husband’s home, she leaves the footprint in the house to ensure that Goddess Laxmi does not leave the house.
Amrit, Shubh, Labh & Char are the good muhurats while Rog, Kaal & Udveg are the bad ones.
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