Dhanteras: Significance of the First Day of Diwali

As 'Diwali' falls on 11th November this year, Dhanteras will be celebrated on 9th November. Diwali is a five day festival of which Dhanteras is celebrated on the first day of the festival.


Diwali is a Hindu event which is seen as the fortunate day to buy new factors especially gold. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on Dhanteras by Hindu family members to be able to obtain success and well being. It keeps excellent importance mostly in the world of company. Also, Kubera, the god of resources and success is worshiped on this day.
Dhanteras is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Ashwin. However, the significance of this event is invisible in its name itself. 'Dhan' or wealth indicates success and 'Tera' represents the 13th day. On Dhanteras, Hindus consider it excellent to buy gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is considered that new 'Dhan' or some way of jewelry is an indication of best of fortune.
'Lakshmi Puja' is takes place in the night when small diyas or earthen lamps are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Dhanteras is also known as 'Dhantrayodashi,' and occurs two times before Diwali, in honor of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
An interesting story about this day is that of the sixteen year old son of King Hima. The prince was doomed to die because of a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On the fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow the prince to sleep and instead she laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of their room and lighted number of lamps all over the place. After doing this she went on telling stories and singing songs.
When the god of death, Yam, arrived there in a snake's disguise his eyes got blinded by the dazzle of those brilliant lights because of which he could not enter the prince’s chamber. So he sat on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins listening to the melodious songs the whole night. In the morning he quietly went away because of which the life of the prince was saved.
Since then this day of Dhanteras is also known as 'Yamadeepdaan' and lamps are kept burning throughout the night.

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