Dhanteras- What Is The Significance In Our Lives?

Dhanteras- What is the significance in our lives?


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Dhanteras, alias Dhantrayodoshi is celebrated every year in India with great enthusiasm. As per Hindu mythology, Devi Lakshmi is known as the deity of Dhanteras. Every year, the Dhanteras celebration is done by the Hindus on the Trayodashi Tithi of Krishnapaksha before Diwali. This year, Dhanteras will fall on 2nd November 2021. 

 The history behind celebrating Dhanteras 

The story of celebrating Dhanteras commences with the popular king Huma and his child. Astrologers predicted that his son would die once he reached his 16th year bitten by a snake. The boy got married to a girl who had a lucky horoscope, and she decided to turn down fate. Accordingly, she made the arrangements with a heap of ornaments and coins at the entrance to lure the snake. The God of Death came in a camouflage of snake and got fooled with the arrangement of the girl. The God of death could not enter the room and left the place without biting the boy.
Another popular story behind celebrating Dhanteras is based on Lord Dhanvantari and the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Vishnu came out of the Ocean on the day of Dhanteras. 

Know the significance of Dhanteras

People celebrate Dhanteras to obtain the blessings of Lord Dhanvantari for their betterment in life and get rid of all sufferings in life. Another interesting fact is that the ministry of Ayush celebrates this day as the “National Ayurveda Day”. The reason behind this is that Indians believe that Devi Dhanvantari shares the knowledge of ancient medicine or Ayurveda to humans to get rid of diseases.
Many worship Lord Kuber on the day of Dhanteras, along with Devi Lakshmi and Ganesha. Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi both worshipped on this day for good luck and prosperity. 
Hindus consider this day auspicious to buy gold, silver, other precious stones and metals. Many consider this day auspicious to start a new business.