Overview of Dhanteras.
Dhanteras is also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi. It is the first day of five days long Diwali festivities and the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Karthik. Diwali is also known as Tihar in Nepal.
On the occasion of Dhanteras, people worship Dhanvantari also. Dhanvantari God of Ayurveda who imparted the wisdom of Ayurveda for the betterment of humanity and to help rid it of the suffering of disease.
Ayurveda has been around for centuries, and still is being used to cure diseases all across the world! And this is why “National Ayurveda Day” which early celebrates on 28 October 2016 is now celebrated on the day of Dhanteras. which were announced by the Indian ministry of Ayurveda, Naturopathy and yoga, Siddha and Homoeopathy.
On the day of Dhantrayodashi, during the churning of the Sea Goddess Lakshmi came out from the ocean of milk. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kubera, who is the God of wealth, is worshipped on the day of Trayodashi.
Legend Associated with the festival
There is one big and exciting myth associated with this festival. There was 16 years old son of King Hima. And the horoscope of that Prince predicts that he will die on the fourth day of his marriage by snake bite. So, on the fourth day of his wedding, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep.
At the entrance of the sleeping chamber, She put her ornaments, gold coins in a heap And lit near all the place. Then she narrated stories and sang local and traditional songs to keep her husband awake whole night. And the next day when Yama, the God of Death arrived at the Prince’s doorstep. God Yama eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewellery. God Yama could not enter the Prince’s chamber.
He jumps on top of the heap of gold coins and sits there the entire night listening to the stories and songs which price wife was singing. In the morning, he silently went away. and saw that young Prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his new bride, and that day celebrated as Dhanteras
Significance of dhanteras
On the day of Dhantrayodashi, during the churning of the Sea Goddess Lakshmi came out from the ocean of milk. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kubera, who is the God of wealth, is worshipped on the day of Trayodashi. According to a popular legend, when the devas and asuras performed the Samudra Manthan for Amrita, Dhanvantari emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.
Celebrations for Dhanteras
The Goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi, is worshipped on Dhanteras. Families prepare for the arrival of the Goddess by getting up early and cleaning the house. It also begins the preparation for the coming festival of Diwali. After cleaning the house, people get ready and wear new clothes.
It is a familiar ritual to purchase valuable items like ornaments, gemstones, and any household appliance, which are made of metal on the day of Dhanteras. It is believed to symbolise ‘bringing in Lakshmi’, meaning wealth and prosperity, into one’s home.
This turn will bring in good fortune for the family in the coming year. Many people wait for the entire year for this auspicious day, to purchase automobiles and expensive electronics
On Dhanteras, homes that have not yet been cleaned for preparation for Diwali are thoroughly cleaned and whitewashed. The person who has not decorated their house for a whole year that people also decorate their home for this occasion. Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda and health, is worshipped in the evening.
The main entrance or the main gate to enter the house is decorated with colourful lanterns, holiday lights and traditional motifs of Rangoli designs are made to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.
Small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses to inviting God to visit their homes. From the day of Dhanteras, today of Laxmi puja diyas (lamps) are ritually kept burning all through the nights in honour of Lakshmi and Dhanvantari.In the evening, all members of the family, get together and pray to Lord Ganesha, along with Goddess Lakshmi.
How is Dhanteras celebrated in south India?
In south India, especially in TamilNadu women make Marundhu which translates into medicine on the eve of Naraka Chaturdasi that is Dhanvantri Trayodashi. marundhu is Prepared from a particular traditional recipe; this is a type of Ayurvedic medicine. The Marundhu is offered to the deities before being consumed by family members. The belief is that it helps correct imbalances in the body.
wishing quotes and messages for dhanteras 2019
- May the Goddess Lakshmi blesses your business to do well in spite of all odds like the enduring charms of gold and diamonds. Happy Dhanteras!
- On the auspicious day of Dhanteras Puja Hindus follow the tradition of purchasing precious metals gold, platinum or silver, in the form of jewellery coins or utensils, for good luck. Happy Dhanteras.
- May this dhanteras brings all the happiness which you want in your life and have success in your business. happy Dhanteras
- I am sure that all your problem related to money will be excellent because I have sent God to your house this dhanteras