Dhanteras 2017: Importance, history and significance

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New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 4:45:03 PM

Dhanteras 2017: Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Karthik. It is believed that buying silver or gold on this day brings with it luck into the household.

Dhanteras 2017: On this day people clean and decorate their houses. Also, beautiful rangolis adorn the corners of the houses. Moreover, it is believed that buying silver or gold on this day brings with it luck into the household (IE).

Dhanteras 2017: Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi, marks the first day of the 5 day Diwali festival. One of the most popular Hindu festivals, Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Karthik. As per popular belief, Dhanteras is celebrated as Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the milky sea with a pot of gold and wealth on this day. Another popular story was that of the 16-year-old son of King Hima. As the folklore goes; King Hima, was destined to die by a snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On the fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She built a heap of her gold ornaments and silver coins at the entrance of their bedroom and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. She ensured each and every corner of the room was well-lit and that there were no dark corners. In order to keep him wide awake, she sang songs and narrated stories. When the god of death – Yamraj arrived impersonated as a serpent, his eyes got blinded by the bright lights placed in the room.

All Yamraj did was sit on the heap of ornament and listen to the melodious songs of the prince’s wife, as per NDTV report. The next morning Yamraj left the palace and the young wife managed to save her husband life. Since that day, Dhanteras is also known as the day of Yamadeepdaan. Even today, some people keep lamps burning through the night on Dhanteras.

On this day people clean and decorate their houses. Also, beautiful rangolis adorn the corners of the houses. Moreover, it is believed that buying silver or gold on this day brings with it luck into the household. Diyas are kept in front of the main gates until morning to keep away evil from the house.

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