Interesting Facts About Dhanteras
What comes to your mind first, when you hear Dhanteras and Diwali? Is it diya, or cracker, or a special treat? From buying metal on Dhanteras, to decorating the entire house with diya on Diwali, the to-do list of consumers revolves primarily around these two events post Dussehra.
Do you usually buy silver or gold on Dhanteras? Do you know why you do it? Here comes a list of some interesting Dhanteras facts that you will find interesting.
What is Dhanteras?
Dhanteras is a Hindu festival observed one day before Diwali. Also known as Dhantrayodashi, this day marks the beginning of Diwali and prosperity.
The origin of Ayurveda
It is said that during Samudra Manthan, Dhanvantari (teacher of all physicians) had appeared with the knowledge of Ayurveda. Dhanteras is celebrated as the day when Ayurveda first got introduced to mankind by Dhanvantari.
The customary purchase
It is customary to buy any metal on Dhanteras. As per Hindu mythology, buying a precious metal on this day helps to bring prosperity and good luck.
The evening puja
Usually, Lakshmi puja is performed in the evening of Dhanteras. Clay diyas are lit to drive away evil spirits from the house.
Chaturdashi in eastern India
The spirit of Dhanteras is celebrated in eastern India as Kali Puja and Dipanwita Lakshmi Puja. It is usually observed one day before Diwali. It is customary to decorate the house with at least 14 candles to drive away the evil spirits.
Rangoli in different parts of India
It is common in many regions to celebrate Dhanteras by drawing rangoli and strategically placing diyas on it. The rangoli is said to have a magnetic effect on prosperity.
The ‘test your cracker’ day
Dhanteras is popular among children, as they get to touch their Diwali crackers for the first time.
Popularity gaining momentum
Dhanteras was originally celebrated only by the business community, usually in North and West India. However, with time this festival has gained popularity among rest of the population in all parts of India. People have identified Dhanteras as the day when good times begin.
Guarding fate against untimely death
As per legends, Dhanteras puja allows people to avoid untimely death. The story of the 16-year-old son of King Hema describes how the night-long puja helped him to avoid a snakebite in spite of death being a part of his fate.
Dhanteras is not just about puja. In many parts of the country, the day is celebrated in the form of family reunions and get-togethers to strengthen family bonds.
Water, copper, and tulsi leaves
In some regions, copper containers are filled with water and tulsi leaves and are placed in different parts of the house.
Cow & other domestic animals are worshipped
In many parts of the cow belt, the domestic animals are washed and worshipped on the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras.
It is popular among many communities to offer thirteen diyas to Lord Yama. This is done to strengthen the lifeline of the family members.
In almost all parts of the country, homemade sweets are offered to the deities. From kheer-based mithai to halwa, the type of sweet varies with the geographic location.
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