The Worship of Wealth, happens everyday in every form, however on the First day of Diwali, it is done unabashedly and in full throttle. Known as Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodashi, wherein ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘Teras or Taryodashi’ means the 13th night of the Lunar cycle in Krishna Paksha.
There are 2 Main deities who are worshipped on this day, namely Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of Wealth & Fortune and Lord Kuber, god of wealth. However, there is a legend of 2 different Gods associated with Dhanteras celebrations.
The Legend of Lord Dhanvantari, God of Health and Prosperity:
During the famous ‘Samundra Manthan’ that took place between the Asuras and Devas. The fight between the Gods and Demons, led to a massive exercise of churning the sea, from which emerged Lord Dhanvantari with a pot of Amrit ( elixir ). The Demons wanted to drink the Amrit, but owing to Lord Vishnu’s Mohini incarnation, the Devas eventually consumed it and became Immortal. This marked the discovery of Ayurvedic knowledge and holistic methods of living a longer life.
Legend Of Lord Yama, God of Death:
The legend goes that King Hima’s son was born with the condition that he would die on the fourth day of his wedding and that was predicted to be due to a snake-bite. However, the Wife of King Hima’s son was clever and carried out a genius plan to save her husband.
She lit numerous lamps near the doorstep of her house and strategically placed shiny jewels as well. When Lord Yama came in the form of a Snake, he was blinded by all the lights and had to return back silently without taking any life. Hence the young bride had saved her husband’s life by lighting diyas and keeping her jewellery out, and so Dhanteras is celebrated in a similar way where Diyas are lit and jewellery is displayed.
On this day it is auspicious to purchase the following items for good luck and prosperity:
- A Broom – so that it wipes away all poverty
- New Utensils – so that Goddess Lakshmi fills it with Gold and Wealth
- New Household appliances – so that they Bring in Lakshmi in the form of Prosperity with them
Diwali is a 5-day festival of which, Dhanteras marks the first day. Although much commercialised to buy gold nowadays, the truth is that, it is the day to celebrate and be grateful for wealth as well as Health in our lives.