The Dhanteras puja is also known as the Dhanwantari Triodasi, Dhanvantri Jayanti Puja, Yamadeep and Dhantrayodashi.It is the first-day celebration of the five days long Diwali festival celebrations throughout the India as well as outside the country.
The meaning of Dhanteras is puja of wealth at 13th day (in the Krishna paksha, dark fortnight) of the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Goddess Lakshmi puja is held on this day and there is a custom of purchasing precious things and bring it at home in the myth of Lakshmi came at home. It brings home a lot of destiny and prosperity.
There are many stories regarding celebrating dhanteras.The legend behind celebrating the Dhanteras is the story of 16 years old son of the King Hima. He was forecasted his death by the snake biting at the 4th day of his marriage. His wife was very clever and searched the way to save the life of her husband. She had not allowed his husband to sleep on that special day. She had collected lots of her own ornaments and coins of gold and silver and made a heap at the doorway of his room and lit lamps everywhere in the room. She recited the stories in order to keep her husband awake.
The god of Death, Yama had arrived there in the form of Serpent. Suddenly his eyes were started dazzling because of the lighting lamps and jewelry. He was unable to enter the room that’s why he tried to go through the climbing over the heap of coins. But after listening to the song of prince’s wife he sat down there for the whole night. And slowly it became morning and he went away without taking her husband. In this way she had saved the life of her husband, from then the day was started celebrating as Dhanteras.
Another legend behind celebrating Diwali, the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari (known as a physician of Gods and an embodiment of Lord Vishnu) had emerged out (having the jar of elixir) from the ocean churning. The same day is celebrated as the Dhanteras.
Dhanteras is a very fortunate day and people start all the new activities on this day. People love celebrating Diwali & Dhanteras and Dhanteras creates a cheerful and positive atmosphere all over the country.This festival plays a great role in the life of every people. It brings a lot of happiness, wealth, prosperity, wisdom and good destiny for all.
“May this Dhanters Light up new dreams,
fresh hopes, undiscovered avenues,
different perspectives, everything bright &
beautiful and fill ur days with pleasant surprises and moments.
Happy Dhanteras to you and your family.”