Have you seen a culture that literally worships wealth and money? Oh yes, it’s Dhanteras – the day when the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Mahalakshmi is worshipped by Hindus all around the world. This is one rare culture that is seen only in Hinduism.
Dhanteras is the first day of the most significant five day festival – Diwali. It is a Hindi word made with a combination of two words – Dhan and Teras – meaning wealth and 13th day respectively. This is why this auspicious day falls on the 13th day of the Hindu month of Kartika every day, wherein Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by all for well-being, success and growth. This tradition is followed as it is believed that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi blesses people by visiting them and granting them with lots of wealth and prosperity. To welcome the Goddess, people clean their homes, have it painted, change the curtains and bedsheets, make rangolis outside their home and light earthen oil lamps. They also keep the doors of their home open at the time of the celebration to welcome the Goddess.
But, do you know the reason behind worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this particular day? There is a mythology and story behind this entire celebration. It is believed that the horoscope of the 16 year old son of King Hima predicted that he would breathe his last on the fourth day of his marriage by a snake bite. After marriage, his wife lit lamps all around the room and heaped all her gold and silver ornaments at the door of the room. She also kept singing hymns and bhajans
the entire night to keep her husband from sleeping. When Lord Yama, the God of Death, arrived in the form of a serpent to kill the prince, he was perplexed to view the sight. This held him back from entering the room. He listened to the bhajans
all night long sitting on the heap of gold and silver, and silently went away in the morning. Since then, this day is celebrated as Dhanteras when money and wealth is worshipped.
In addition to this custom, people also purchase gold and ornaments, and book a property or vehicle on this day as they believe it to be a sign of fortune. People who wish to buy such expensive possessions wait specially for Dhanteras to make their purchase. Buying new utensils is also a tradition on this day as it is symbolic to their financial growth.
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