As the festival of lights approaches, the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras marks the commencement of Diwali celebrations. This day, falling on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Ashwin, holds profound significance for devotees across the country.
Dhanteras, derived from “Dhan,” meaning wealth, and “Teras,” signifying the thirteenth day, is steeped in mythological significance, with a tale that echoes through the ages.
Mythological Tale: The Churning of the Ocean (Samudra Manthan) According to Hindu mythology, the gods (Devas) and demons (Asuras) once joined forces to churn the ocean (Samudra Manthan) in search of the elixir of immortality, known as Amrita. During this cosmic endeavor, Dhanvantari, the divine physician, emerged holding a pot of the elixir in his hands.
As the legend goes, the auspicious day of Dhanteras witnessed the appearance of Lord Dhanvantari, symbolizing health and well-being. In celebration of this divine event, Dhanteras became a day to venerate Dhanvantari and to seek his blessings for good health, prosperity, and a blessed life.
Top 10 Facts About Dhanteras:
- Historical Roots: Dhanteras finds its roots in the mythological tale of the churning of the ocean.
- Celebration of Wealth: The day is synonymous with buying gold, silver, and utensils, believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
- Dhanteras Puja: Families perform a special puja during the auspicious hours to honor Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi.
- Divine Protection: Lighting lamps and offering prayers on Dhanteras is believed to protect households from negative energies.
- Auspicious Timing: It is customary to purchase new items, especially metals, during the “muhurat” or auspicious timing on Dhanteras.
- Dhanteras Gifting: Exchanging gifts on this day is considered a symbol of good fortune and a way to strengthen bonds.
- Custom of Cleaning: Homes are thoroughly cleaned and decorated to welcome prosperity and positive energies.
- Symbolic Rangoli: Intricate rangoli designs are created at the entrance, symbolizing the welcome of Goddess Lakshmi.
- Temple Visits: Devotees often visit temples dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi to seek blessings.
- Festive Feasts: The day concludes with families coming together for a festive feast, sharing the joy of abundance.
Dhanteras, beyond being a harbinger of wealth, encapsulates the spirit of familial togetherness and the timeless celebration of life’s blessings. As we light lamps and exchange gifts, let the essence of Dhanteras illuminate our hearts with gratitude, prosperity, and the age-old tale of divine blessings.