Diwali, the festival of light, has finally arrived again after wait of one long year. It is a five day long festival marked with lights, crackers, sweets and merriment. This five day long celebration begins with Dhanteras. This day has a special significance specially for the business community as Lakshmi Mata, Goddess of wealth and prosperity is worshipped on that day. Exchanging gifts is also another significant event of this day. Dhanteras gifts are ideally exchanged between business associates and their partners or clients. This festival is the influence behind the idea of corporate Diwali gifts.
Dhanteras celebration too has a history. According to the legends, sixteen year old son of King Hima was destined to die of snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. His wife on that very day did not let him sleep, but instead piled up all the ornaments, gold and silver at the entrance and started singing to him and telling him tales. She also lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. When Yama, the God of death, arrived in disguise of a serpent to steal the life of young Prince, he was dazzled by the bright lights and couldn’t mark the Prince. He climbed on the heap of the ornaments and coins and just sat there the entire night listening to the songs. In the morning he went away. Thus, in this way the young wife won the battle against death. Since that day Dhanteras has been referred to as “Yamadeepdaan” and the lamps are kept lit throughout the night in reverence of Yama, the God of Death. Another important legendary story behind the celebration of this day involves that of Samudramanthan. Lord Indra was cursed by sage Durvasa that the pride of wealth has entered his head and let Lakshmi leave him. On account of Durvasa's curse, Lakshmi left Indra and went away.Indra’s condition turned misearable as Lakshmi Mata., Goddess of wealth, prosperity and power left him. Churning out the sea of milk was the way out for Indra’s troubles.While Gods and Demons were busy in churning of sea Lakshmi Devi appeared first followed by emergence of Dhanvantri with a jar of elixir (ambrosia) in hands
This festival is also known as “Dhantrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Triodasi”. The origin of the word “Dhanteras” has appeared from two words “Dhan” meaning wealth and “Teras” meaning thirteenth day as per Hindu calendar. It is celebrated every year on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the month Ashwin. On this auspicious occasion of celebration purchase of golden or silver articles is believed to bring in good luck and fortune for the upcoming days. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to welcome the Goddess of fortune at home. Entrances of houses are decorated with colorful designer traditional Rangoli to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. As a symbol of the arrival of Goddess Laxmi small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the house. Houses are also decorated with diyas, lamps and lights to eliminate the forces of evil away from home.
Dhanteras is now a very popular event all through India. This year Dhanteras is dated to be celebrated on 11th November, exactly two days before the celebration of Diwali. On this auspicious eve, RightShopping.in is wishing all its customers, visitors, buyers a very Happy Dhanteras. Exchange gifts with your dear ones with RightShopping.in at your service. This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and excitement so that one can be blessed with good fortune in near future. At the same time it marks the beginning of Diwali celebration which is considered to be the biggest festival of India. It rings the bell of celebration making everybody conscious about the arrival the grand festival of lights.All Indians get prepared to welcome this celebrating eve with great pomp and grandeur. Have a Happy Dhanteras and bring home good luck!