Dhan Teras Quick Facts
|Dhan Teras (धन तेरस)
|10 November 2023
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History of Dhan Teras
Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is one of the important festivals in Hinduism. This festival is celebrated on the Trayodashi date of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. Dhanteras is considered a symbol of the attainment of wealth and prosperity and on this day one wishes to receive wealth and blessings of Sri-Lakshmi.
The history of Dhanteras is linked to Hindu traditions and Puranas. Dhanteras holds utmost importance in the field of trade and commerce. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi blesses the devotees with wealth and prosperity. People clean and decorate their homes, light them with diyas (earthen lamps), and do special puja (worship) to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera, the treasurer of the gods. It is customary to buy new utensils, jewelry and other valuables on this auspicious day.
Story of Dhan Teras
Once upon a time, there was a king named Hima. According to his son's horoscope, his death was predicted to be bitten by a snake on the fourth day after the wedding. The king and his son were very worried about this terrible prediction. Then his daughter's wife was a clever and adventurous woman. She made a plan to save her husband's life. He had heard that on the night of Chaturdashi (Trayodashi) if one wears new clothes, wears gold and silver ornaments, and keeps the house lit with lamps, then such rays of light can keep away diabolical evils like snakes. According to his plan, on the night of Chaturdashi everyone decorated their homes, lit lamps, and wore new clothes. They put gold and silver coins at the entrance of the house. With the lights of lamps all over the city, it seemed as if everything was shining and the sound of happiness was echoing in the sky.
When night time came, the death god Yamraj in the form of a snake led the way to the king's son's room. But he was surprised to see her digging and interested in the brightness of the lamps and the light of gold and silver. His attention got distracted and instead of harming the king's son, he got entangled in the ornaments kept there. He remained entangled in the same tangle throughout the night, and Priyanka's husband's life was saved. When morning came, the news spread and worship was done all over the kingdom. The festival of this day started being celebrated in the name of Dhanteras. Thus, the story of Dhanteras reflects not only the importance of wealth and prosperity, but also how important is the influence of power, brightness, and light in keeping evils away. This festival inspires us to acknowledge our inner light and spread light and brightness around us.
Significance of Dhan Teras
Dhanteras, a major festival in Hinduism, is considered important in Indian society. The importance of this day is known for the attainment of wealth and prosperity. Dhanteras, also known as Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is dedicated to Dhanvantari, the angle deity of health and disease prevention. The importance of Dhanteras is to reveal the attainment of wealth, prosperity, and happiness and peace. This day provides a unique opportunity to receive the blessings of Maa Lakshmi. People pray and pray on this day and wish for the blessings and blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Apart from this, Dhanteras is also an occasion to observe Dhanvantari Trayodashi Vrat every year to receive blessings for health and long life. The significance of Dhanteras also states that it is an ideal and important day for wealth and prosperity in the society. On this day there is a traditional form of shopping for money and buying a significant amount of gold and silver. By celebrating Dhanteras, people wish to endow themselves with wealth and prosperity and indicate to spread happiness to their near and dear ones.
How to celebrate Dhan Teras
Dhanteras is a major festival in the Hindu community and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is also part of the first day of Diwali which lasts for five days. There is a special importance of decorating houses on the day of Dhanteras. Silver and gold ornaments are decorated with religious motifs to decorate the homes. On this day, Maa Lakshmi is worshiped in which Dhanteras fast is observed. The idol of Maa Lakshmi is decorated and she is propitiated with special pujas, aarti and mantras. People light lamps of rice, sugar candy, and ghee on Dhanteras and complete the rituals of worship. On the day of Dhanteras, businessmen clean their shops and business and do marketing of Dhanteras. This day is also a good opportunity to think about mutual wealth. On the day of Dhanteras, people send greetings to their loved ones and friends with mutual interaction and enjoy the happiness of Dhanteras. On this day, we wish for wealth and prosperity and wish each other for prosperity by wishing each other on Dhanteras.
Tradition and customs of Dhan Teras
The word "Dhanteras" is derived from two Sanskrit words: "Dhan," which means wealth, and "Teras," which means the thirteenth day. This day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that on Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi visits homes and blesses them with prosperity and abundance.
Cleaning and Decoration: In preparation for Dhanteras, people clean their homes and workplaces to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. They decorate their houses with rangoli (intricate floor designs made with colored powders), flowers, and lights to create an auspicious atmosphere.
Buying Precious Metals and Utensils: Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day for purchasing gold, silver, and other precious metals. It is believed that buying these items on Dhanteras brings good luck and prosperity. Many people also buy new utensils on this day, symbolizing the worship of the goddess of wealth.
Lighting Oil Lamps: Lighting traditional oil lamps or diyas is an essential part of Dhanteras celebrations. These lamps are lit in homes and workplaces to ward off evil spirits and invite positive energy and prosperity.
Exchanging Gifts: Dhanteras is a time for exchanging gifts among family members and friends. People often exchange sweets, dry fruits, and other presents as a symbol of good wishes and love.
Buying Gold and Silver: Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day to buy gold, silver, or other precious items. It is believed that purchasing these items on this day brings prosperity and good luck. People visit jewelry shops and markets to make these purchases.
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