This year Danteras will be celebrated on the 25th of October. The festival of Dhanteras marks the beginning of the popular Hindu festival-Diwali. Also referred to as Dhanvantri Jayanti or the Dhantrayodashi, the festival is celebrated with much fun and fervour during the Kartik month (October-November) on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight.
According to the Hindu mythology and scriptures, during a cosmic battle or the Samundra Manthan, the Demons and Gods together churned the wide ocean or the Krishna Sagar in their bid to become immortal. During the same time, God Dhanvantri rose from within the water along with a pot full of medicinal or magic potion. That’s how Dhanteras earned its name from Dhanvantri (the God’s Physician). Apart from this, there are several other legends associated with the festival of Dhanteras.
What to Buy On the occasion of Dhanteras?
The occasion of Dhanteras is related to prosperity and wealth. On the auspicious day of Dhanteras, people worship Goddess Lakshmi as well as Lord Kubera. Many perform Puja during the evening and light lamps at their home’s entrance and elsewhere. It is believed that shopping for certain items during the festival of Dhanteras ushers wealth and good luck into our lives.In fact, it is widely believed that whatever item you shop for on Dhanteras grows by almost thirteen times. Hence, people shop for a wide range of items including gold, broom stick, utensils and more to bring luck and prosperity into their lives.
Below, take a look at the top 5 items that you can consider purchasing this Dhanteras:
Gold: Gold is one of the most widely purchased items on the occasion of Dhanteras. According to some people, purchasing gold on Dhanteras allows one to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.However, when it comes to purchasing gold, it is crucial that you purchase pure and hallmarked gold or gold jewellery items.
Broom Stick: A good number of people bring home a new broom stick on the day of Dhanteras. It is believed that purchasing a broom stick brings good luck into one’s life and also helps him/her to get rid of their financial problems. People use the broom stick bough on the occasion of Dhanteras to clean their homes on the Day of Diwali. It is also believed that the broom stick helps in eliminating negative energies from home, thus leaving you wealthy and prosperous.
Electronic Items: Have you been waiting to purchase a new fridge or television or any other electronic device? If yes, then go ahead and purchase one on Dhanteras. Buying electronic items such as mobile phone, laptop, oven and others is considered to be highly auspicious during Dhanteras.
Utensils: Some people also invest in copper and brass made utensils during the festival of Dhanteras. Also, place the utensil in the eastern corner of your homes to bring good luck and prosperity. Many people also fill these newly bought utensils with rice or something sweet before placing it in their homes.
Coriander Seeds: There is also a tradition of buying sabut dhaniya or coriander seeds on Dhanteras. It is believed that buying coriander seeds helps homeowners to usher peace and calmness into their homes and lives. Thus, people offer coriander seeds to Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Dhanteras and later gather as well as keep these seeds inside their safe or lockers.
Apart from the above mentioned items, one can also purchase silver items and jewellery, car and other vehicles as well as a wide range of business related products and items on Dhanteras.
What Not to Buy?
While, it is important to know what you must purchase on the day of Dhanteras, you must also know about specific items that you shouldn’t be getting on the occasion. This includes items made up of iron. You can instead purchase them right before Dhanteras or even later. Also, refrain from buying sharp objects like scissors and knives among others on Dhanteras.
It is equally important that you don’t purchase any item or product available in black color. This is because Dhanteras is regarded as one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and color black is believed to attract bad luck.Apart from this, don’t bring products made up of glass on the day of Dhanteras as glass is related to Rahu, which is believed to bring bad luck along with it.
So, go ahead and celebrate Dhanteras with lights and plenty of Diwali shopping this year!