Festival season is on and after Dussehra and Karwa Chauth the next festival awaited is Dhanteras which comes a day before Diwali. Dhanteras is composed of two words Dhan means wealth and Teras means thirteen. According to hindu calendar Dhanteras falls on 13th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of kartik. On this day people worship Goddess Laxmi along with Lord Kubera to double the benefits.
Why Dhanteras in celebrated?
According to Hindus, Goddess Laxmi emerged from the ocean of milk carrying pot of Gold and Lord Kubera. It is believed that Lord Kubera was bring by Goddess Laxmi to fulfil the wishes of devotees.
According to legends, Dhanvantari, the lord of health who is avatar of Lord Vishnu took birth on this day from the Samudra Manthan. A battle fought between the Gods and Demons that took place for Amrit or holy nectar that can made anyone immortal.
On this auspicious occasion of Dhanteras people also buy new utensils, gold and silver jewelry to bring good luck.
Things to do on Dhanteras
On this day, People clean their houses properly in preparation for Diwali and worship Lord Dhanvantari, the god of health in the evening. The main entrance is decorated with Rangoli, colorful flowers, lighting to welcome goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. During evening diyas, candles and colorful lights keep shining through the night in honor of Laxmi and Dhanvantari.
Let’s make this Diwali a healthy and ecofriendly and prevent yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. This Diwali we gift mother nature its real beauty.