Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Thrayodashi, marks the beginning of the five-day-long Diwali festival in India. Celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu month of Kartika, Dhanteras holds significant cultural and religious importance. This year the Dhanteras will celebrated on November 10. In India the National Ayurveda Day observes on the occasion on Dhanteras or Dhanwantari Jayanti.
Dhanteras is not only a religious occasion but also a time for family gatherings and festivities. Many people exchange gifts, sweets, and participate in community events. The lighting of lamps and candles is not only a religious ritual but also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.
Dhanteras is also a time for families to come together and celebrate. People exchange gifts, share delicious sweets and snacks, and enjoy a festive atmosphere.
The word “Dhanteras” is derived from the combination of two words: “Dhan,” which means wealth, and “Teras,” which refers to the thirteenth day of the lunar fortnight. One of the legends associated with Dhanteras is the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) where Lord Dhanvantari emerged holding a pot of elixir. This event symbolizes the distribution of health and wealth.
Dhanteras is a day dedicated to the worship of Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda, and Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Devotees often perform a special puja during the auspicious hours of Trayodashi. It is customary to light lamps, offer prayers, and seek blessings for prosperity and well-being.
Buying gold, silver, or other precious metals on Dhanteras is a prevalent tradition as it is believed to bring good luck and financial success. Many people also clean and decorate their homes, with the entrance adorned with colorful Rangoli designs to welcome prosperity.
The purchase of precious metals, especially gold and silver, is considered auspicious on Dhanteras. It is believed that investing in these metals on this day brings wealth and financial stability. This tradition has evolved into a significant economic activity, with jewelry stores and markets witnessing a surge in sales during this festive season.
Dhanteras, with its rich historical and mythological roots, holds a special place in the hearts of millions. It is a day that signifies the importance of wealth and prosperity, not just in a material sense but also in terms of good health and spiritual well-being. As families come together to celebrate and pray for abundance, Dhanteras serves as a reminder of the timeless values of happiness, prosperity, and the triumph of good over evil.