Diwali is a five day long festival which starts with dhanteras. Dhanteras which falls two days before diwali is one of the most auspicious days of the year, it is said that whatever you buy on this festival day will reap rich benefits for you in the long run. Dhanteras is a big festival for hindus and they celebrate it with greatness. Offices and places of business are adorned with decorations, all set to welcome God fortune. The word dhanteras translate to mean wealth and prosperity.
Dhanteras is falling on November 5 this year, if you are still wondering on what to buy and what to avoid this dhanteras (apart from the customary utensils), then here’s a lowdown. It is said that buying these items on dhanteras will bring you good luck and good fortune, so start shopping. Dhanteras marks the first day of the festival lights, Goddess Lakshmi, who is regarded as the goddess of wealth and good fortune in the house. Lord Kuber, the god of treasure, is also worshipped on this day. Apart from worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, People love to purchase gold or silver jewellery, utensils and new cloths on this day to welcome Goddess lakshmi into their homes.
Why should you buy utensils on Dhanteras?
Have you ever wondered how this tradition started and why we are told to buy utensils or gold and silverware on dhanteras, reason is -
According to folklore, the story of Dhanteras revolves round the son of king Hima, whose horoscope predicated that he would die of a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. King Hima’s daughter-in-law saved his son from the god of death yamraj (who appeared in the form of a snake) by preventing him from entering the room by placing a heap of gold jewellery and the bright diyas which blinded the snake and he returned without the king’s son. His wife’s cleverness saved him and that is why the day is celebrated and people buy gold on this day.
It is believed that symbolic buying of gold, silver, jewellery and utensils will act as protection and also it will bring good luck to every member of the family. Hence, on the night of dhanteras, many diyas are kept burning for the entire night as a reverence to Lord Yama. It is said that Yama had said the one who will worship him in the night of trayodashi in the kartik krishna paksha with lights facing south will never receive sudden death. Hence, people light diyas in the south direction in the night of dhanteras.
What should we buy on dhanteras?
Gold, silver and brass utensils along with jewellery are all considered auspicious, but you must avoid buying plastic and glass as they are believed to bring bad luck. Tools like sharp knives, scissors or any sharp objects should be avoided on this day. It is also believed that one should not buy oil or ghee on dhanteras If you have been waiting to buy electronic items such as refrigerator, ovens, Mobile Phones or laptops, then this is the best day to buy it. You can keep them in the North east direction of the house.
Accounts Register It is said that those who have a business of their own should buy an accounts register and use it to maintain their accounts, they should keep it in the west direction of the house.
Related to profession Not only this, you should also buy an item related to your profession such as a pen for a writer, a brush for an artist and so on. You should pray to that item on dhanteras.
Gomti Chakra For lifelong health and prosperity, you should also buy 11 gomti chakras and wrap them in a yellow cloth and keep it in your safe or locker on Dhanteras.
Gold Coins It also said you should buy a gold coin with /goddess Laxmi embossed on it if you can't afford a gold coin, then buy any picture of Goddess laxmi and keep it in your locker.
Swastik It is also said that hanging a swastik sign on your doorstep on dhanteras will bring you good luck and prosperity.
Jewellery Dhanteras is most auspicious time of the year to buy any form of jewellery. Make sure you do your bookings well in advance though.
Silver coins If you can’t afford to buy gold coins, then silver coins too serve the purpose just as well. Silver coins are great for gifting as well.