Dhanteras is the festival celebrated two days before Diwali. It usually falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/ November). On this day Goddess Laxmi is worshipped to provide prosperity and wealth. Dhan Teras holds great significance for the business community.
According to legends once a sixteen year old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On the particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep, she laid all the ornaments gold and silver coins at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lightened innumerable lamps all over the place and herself went to sing songs.
When Yama, the god of death arrived there in the guise of a serpent his eyes got blind by the dazzle of the brilliant lights and he could not enter the Prince’s chamber. So he climbed on the top of the head of the ornaments and coin and sat down. In the morning serpent quietly went away. Thus, the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death.
Since then this day of Dhanteras is celebrated that is also known as “Yamadeepdaan”. Then the lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of death.
Then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan” and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of Death.
Dhanteras is also treated auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that if you bring new Dhan or some form of precious metal it is a sign or symbol of Good –Luck.
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