Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, marks the beginning of the grand festival of Diwali in India. Celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Kartik, Dhanteras holds significant cultural and religious importance. This auspicious day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Dhanvantari, the divine physician, and Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. As families across the nation prepare to usher in prosperity and good fortune, let’s delve into the traditions and significance that make Dhanteras a cherished occasion.
Worship of Lord Dhanvantari:
Dhanteras is an opportune time to seek blessings for good health, as it is believed that Lord Dhanvantari emerged during the churning of the cosmic ocean with a pot of elixir. Devotees perform rituals and prayers dedicated to the divine healer, seeking his blessings for a healthy and disease-free life. This aspect of the celebration reflects the holistic nature of prosperity in Indian culture, emphasizing the importance of well-being alongside material wealth.
Goddess Lakshmi and the Symbolism of Wealth:
The primary focus of Dhanteras is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the symbol of wealth and prosperity. In the evening, families gather to perform the Lakshmi Puja, lighting diyas (oil lamps) to illuminate their homes and create an inviting atmosphere for the goddess. The purchase of gold and silver items on Dhanteras is considered auspicious, as these metals are believed to attract prosperity and financial well-being. Many people also clean and decorate their homes, believing that it invites the goddess into their abode.