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The festival of Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali, and one day before Choti Diwali, the Dhanteras date is calculated according to the Hindu calendar occurs every year on Trodashi of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. On Dhanteras, the god of wealth, Dhanvantari, Maa Lakshmi and Kuber, the lord of wealth are worshipped. It is a belief of Hindu devotees that anything purchased on this day increases 13 times, so on this day people buy gold, silver, utensils, or immovable property like land etc. And in the welcome of Goddess Lakshmi, by cleaning the house, lighting electric and earthen lights, lamps.
According to Hindu Vedas and mythological beliefs, there are many beliefs about Dhanteras, these are the eleven interesting facts associated with Dhanteras,
1. Other Names for Dhanteras
Dhanteras is also known by other names,
- Dhanvantari Trayodashi
2. How Did This Festival Get its Name
How Does The Name Dhanteras Arrived?
The word Dhanteras is made of two words - DHAN which means wealth, and TERAS which means 13th day. Dhanteras means, the 13th (TERAH) day of the month of Kartik when wealth (DHAN) gods are worshipped.
Dhantrayodishi is the Sanskrit translation of Dhanteras in Hindi.
The name Dhanwantri Trayodishi, is arrived from the name Dhanvantari, who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and also known as the God of Ayurveda. God Dhanwantri was appeared out of the ocean as the result of churning done by Gods and Demons.
3. Dhanteras Falls on Which Date
According to the Hindu calendar (also called Panchanga,), the Dhanteras is celebrated every year on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month.
According to the Georgian calendar, the month of Kartik falls in October-November.
As in the year 2022, the Kartik month of Hindi starts from 10th October to 7th November. So, Dhanteras will fall on 23rd OCT 22, 13 days after 10th October.
4. Why is Dhanteras Celebrated
There are many mythological beliefs about celebrating Dhanteras,
- To mark the appearance of Lord Dhanvantari
According to the mythological beliefs of the Hindu religion, on this day, On this day, Lord Dhanvantari appeared during the churning of the ocean, carrying the nectar urn. Dhanvantari is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, it is believed that Lord Dhanvantari came to earth to bestow the knowledge of Ayurveda, and the boon of health. Dhanvantari gave the knowledge of medical science on earth, Dhanvantari Trayodisi is celebrated in honor of this incarnation of him.
And because in Hindu culture, health is considered the biggest wealth, and is given priority. Hence, the festival of Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali.
- Worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the lord of wealth
Mother Goddess Lakshmi is considered to be the owner of wealth, if Goddess Lakshmi is pleased, then there is no poverty and more wealth, opulence, and prosperity are obtained. Goddess Lakshmi was also appeared from the churning of the ocean, hence Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped during Dhanteras.
5. How Dhanteras Is Celebrated
Dhanteras is a holy Hindu festival which is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety, It is celebrated every year in the month of Kartik (Not-Nove) of Hindi. There may be a slight difference in the method of celebrating Dhanteras of different sects of Hindus.
But some method, all Hindus follow like,
- On the day of Dhanteras, people clean their houses, vehicles, etc., and wear new or clean clothes. And most of the Hindus make good dishes at home on this day, and avoid leaving the house and going out.
- On the day of Dhanteras, people light lamps in their homes and decorate the house with rangoli, electric lights etc.
- On this day, people do shopping, or worship Vastu, which they have already purchased, along with worshiping Lakshmi and Ganesh.
- At the place of worship of the house, lamps are donated (lighting a lamp) in the name of Lord Kuber.
- For the worship of Lord Yama, lamps are lit in the south direction at the main entrance of the house.
- In the evening people worship all the Gods, and Maa Lakshmi. Which begins with the worship of Lord Ganesha.
- After worship, people come outside the house, do firework, greet each other, and give best wishes to friends, family members, and relatives. Some people also share sweets with their friends, and family members.
6. Which Gods are Worshiped on The Day of Dhanteras
On this day these deities are worshiped,
- Goddess Lakshmi
Goddess Lakshmi, the owner of wealth, is worshiped in the evening on the day of Dhanteras.
- Lord Dhanvantari
Dhanvantari, the father of Ayurveda, the god of health, health and longevity, is also worshipped.
- Lord Yama
Yama, the god of death, is also worshipped on the day of Dhanteras, wishing for a long life, and to avoid sudden death.
On this day, Hindus worship the gods of wealth, after worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the lord of wealth "Kuber", is also worshipped.
7. Why Buy Utensils on Dhanteras
In Hinduism, food is considered the most essential, and health as the greatest wealth. Therefore, on the day of Dhanteras, people buy utensils. According to the beliefs, if a pot is bought on this day, then it never remains empty and no one in your house remains hungry. And with the blessings of Lord Dhanvantari, people remain healthy and happy.
8. Why Buy Gold and Silver on Dhanteras
In Hinduism, there are many beliefs about buying gold on the day of Dhanteras, such as
- According to Hindu beliefs, Kuber, the lord of wealth, is pleased by buying gold, and with his blessings there is an increase in wealth and prosperity to the home.
- According to another belief, if you buy something on this day, it increases 13 times, so people expect 13 times increase in gold.
- According to the third belief, yellow and orange colors (Kesari) are considered auspicious in Hinduism. And in almost all the major festivals of Hindus, these colors are used in some way or the other. Such as, turmeric, marigold flower, vermilion etc. In Hinduism, the best time to worship God is also in the morning at sunrise, when the sky is orange. And since gold is a bright metal in the color of a mixture of orange and yellow, it is considered auspicious to buy it.
- According to ancient Hindu beliefs, positive energy emanates from silver, and it protects from any bad luck. And if silver is brought into the house on the day of Dhanteras, then it brings thirteen times positive energy in the house.
- And silver is cheaper than gold or other jewelry metals, so it is a good alternative to gold on the day of Dhanteras.
If you cannot afford to buy silver, you can also buy brass. Brass is also considered a symbol of sacred, and positive energy.
9. What Not to Buy on Dhanteras
Dhanteras is a special day of shopping, but some items should never be bought on this day. These are considered inauspicious,
- Iron or iron articles
Because iron is considered a symbol of Saturn, and buying iron or iron articles on Dhanteras brings bad luck.
- Black things
Black color is considered a symbol of demonic tendencies, it attracts negative forces quickly. Modern science also accept that black color absorbs energy faster than other colors. Therefore, on the day of Dhanteras, do not buy black clothes or black colored things.
- Used items
On the day of Dhanteras one should not take any used item or Rasley's thing, it is believed that if anything (especially metal, like iron , etc.), If these things are near a negative person, then there is a feeling of negativity in them too.
- Items made of glass or glass
On the day of Dhanteras , one should also not buy items made of glass or glass. Because mirror is also related to Rahu, which reduces the auspiciousness of the house. This causes a lot of damage to the native.
- Porcelain wares
Porcelain items are temporary, and no temporary work is considered auspicious on this day.
- Narcotics (drugs or alcohol)
Intoxicants should not be consumed on this day, and they should not be bought either. According to the beliefs of the Hindu religion, intoxicants are symbols of demonic forces, and their consumption angers the gods.
10. Why do we Gift Earthen Lamps on the Day of Dhanteras
There is a custom of donating earhern lamp (Deep Daan) in Dhanteras, it is also called "Yama Deepdan", and "Yamadeepdan". Yamdeepdan is made up of three words (Yam & Deep & Daan). Yuma is derived from Yama, the god of death, and "Deep" means earthen lamp, and "Daan" means charity or donating.
In order to donate a lamp, on the evening of Dhanteras, a lamp is lit at the entrance of the house in the south direction. According to the beliefs, it removes evil spirits, bad luck, and negative energy from the house, and the people of the house are all healthy and happy in the house by the grace of Lord Yama.
11. Is Non-veg Prohibited During Festive Seasons
In Hinduism, non-veg is considered to be demonic and tamasic food. And all Hindus should avoid its consumption. And one should not eat at all during Hindu festivals, or Gatherings.
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