Dhanteras is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik month in the Hindu calendar. On the occasion of Dhanteras, people offer prayers for wealth and prosperity to the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera. Dhanteras is also considered to be an auspicious occasion and people usually buy gold and silver items on the festival.
Dhanteras is a traditional festival of the country that has been celebrated from ages. The festival is a celebration of wealth and prosperity. On the occasion of Dhanteras, people arrange inaugurations, make new purchases and also exchange Dhanteras special gifts. The festival is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik month in the Hindu calendar. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantra Yodashi in some parts of the country and comes two days before Diwali which is the biggest festival of the country.
Dhanteras comes from the Sanskrit word “Dhan” meaning wealth and “Teras” which marks the 13th day of a month. Dhanteras and according to popular legends, Dhanteras is the day of “samudra manthan” when the gods (devas) and devils (asuras) were churning the ocean for ‘amrit,’ the nectar of immortality and Lord Dhanvantri, the god of Ayurvedic, emerged from the ocean with the jar of amrit.
On the occasion of Dhanteras, people offer prayers for wealth and prosperity to the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera, the Hindu God of assets and wealth. People light up their homes with glowing diyas or lamps in order to ward off evil spirits and they also decorate the entrances and courtyards with lights, flowers and rangolis in different styles and patterns. Dhanteras is also considered to be an auspicious occasion and a maximum number of people prefer to their Dhanteras shopping on this day. Buying valuables and bringing new things in the house is a common feature of the occasion. The festival also holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on the occasion. Since it is considered to be an auspicious day, purchase of gold, silver, platinum, electronics, utensils and even vehicles are usually done on Dhanteras. People also arrange inaugurations and launch new ventures and businessmen buy new account books to be kept ready for the Laxmi Puja on Diwali.
Exchange of silver and gold items on Dhanteras is an ancient tradition, and if you are wondering what to buy on Dhanteras, you can always go for traditional silver and gold utensils which also make ideal Dhanteras gifts. Traditional gifts are a popular gift choice on Dhanteras and one can find a whole lot of traditional Dhanteras gifts in the market which include Puja thalis, idols of gods and goddesses, dry fruits and sweets among others. According to Indian traditions, worshipping of Lord Ganesh before commencing a business, travel or education, will always brings success and make the path smooth and hassle-free. So a silver idol of the lord Ganesh will also be an ideal gift for your family and friends. Present your loved ones with these gifts of silver and gold for Dhanteras and wish them a joyous and prosperous occasion. Festivals are times for social gatherings and renewing old ties and bonds and the exchange of wishes and gifts will be spread laughter and joy all around.
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