The five-day-long celebration of the festival of lights, Diwali, begins with Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodashi and Dhanvantari Trayodashi. Marking the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha, Dhanteras falls in Karthik month as per the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar and is considered an auspicious day to buy gold jewellery items, coins, and steel utensils. The concept of buying jewellery on Dhanatrayodashi comes directly from its Sanskrit name where the word ‘Dhan’ means wealth, and ‘Teras’ means thirteen. On this day dedicated to wealth, people flock to market and online stores to buy gold coins and jewellery items as well as new kitchen utensils. It is said that buying something new would bring home prosperity, making their home environment favourable to welcome the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Dhanteras 2020 is to be celebrated in November on the 13th, which is a Friday.
The story behind the origin of Dhanteras celebrations goes back to the churning ocean event, or Samudra Manthan, which is one of the best-known stories in the Hindu Philosophy. While the entire arrangements to churn the ocean of milk was to obtain the elixir of immortality or Amrit, many other things came out of the ocean too, and one of them was Goddess Lakshmi. It is said that Dhanatrayodashi is celebrated to mark the day when the Goddess of wealth graced the universe with her presence.
On this day, people pray to Lakshmi and bring home wealth to invite Goddess into their home. The day usually begins with waking up early and getting ready to pray to Lakshmi for prosperity and well-being. By the end of the day, people get rid of all the waste and clean their home to light lamps (diyas) in the name of Lakshmi as well as Kuber, the treasurer of wealth. Furthermore, Dhanteras puja is performed in the evening.
Dhanteras meaning is wealth, making it a good day to start anything anew that would grow progressively and bring you prosperity. One of the best things to do is to buy gold jewellery or coins that would not only mark the celebration of Dhanatrayodashi but also act as a future investment for you.
Moreover, as it is the day of Goddess Lakshmi, it is auspicious to bring her home in the form of gold or silver ornaments, thereby inviting good luck in your house. Many people also believe that keeping gold, utensils, and silver would act as a charm against an ill will as Lakshmi.
Vrishabha Kaal - 5:56 PM to 7:58 PM
You can perform Dhanteras puja between the mentioned timing to pray for you and your family’s prosperity as well as well-being.
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