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Dhanteras 2013: Significance and celebrations

Dhanteras is a festival that celebrates wealth by worshipping Maa Laxmi

Dhanteras 2013 date is 1 November. Dhanteras is a Hindu Festival. Dhanteras is the first festival that is celebrated in the chain of Diwali festivals which means that the five day festival Diwali commences with Dhanteras. Dhanteras is a medium to thank the Almighty for all the wealth that a person possesses and also requesting God for his continuous blessings. The festival of Dhanteras is also known by other names such as Dhantrayodashi and dhanvantari trayodashi as well. Dhanteras is of great importance for all the people as it is believed that worshipping Goddess Laxmi on Dhanteras blesses a person with abundant wealth and prosperity. People related to business class are heartily devoted to the festival Dhantrayodashi. Dhanteras in 2013 will also invoke people to come out and buy things like gold or utensils.

The word Dhanteras itself consists of the term Dhan that literally means wealth. Therefore, it is evident that the festival is dedicated to celebrate the possessions and the wealth. The other word that completes the word Dhanteras is Teras that means thirteenth day. The festival of Dhanteras is always celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashwin in accordance to the Hindu lunar calendar.

Celebrations and Significance of Dhanteras 2013

Like all the other festival in Hinduism Dhanteras too have special methods of celebrations. It cant be denied that wealth or money is one of the most essential things that are required to have a happy life. Through Dhanteras in 2013, people will request the Goddess Laxmi to bless them with wealth and prosperity. The rituals performed on the day of Dhantrayodashi include buying items of kitchen such as utensils or jewellery of gold. Almost all the people in India indulge themselves in shopping and every year marks the record of maximum shopping on this particular day.

Buying items is one of the parts of the rituals of Dhanteras. All the other rituals include worshipping Goddess Laxmi to please her. People light up lamps or diyas or candles to welcome the Goddess in their home and also decorate their homes beautifully. The decoration for Diwali also starts from Dhanteras itself. Beautiful Rangolis are also designed on the entrance gates so that Goddess Laxmi will enter the home with delighted mood.

Dhanteras and Its Legend

While celebrating Dhanteras in 2013, it is a good idea to know the legend associated with this festival. The legend of the festival Dhanteras states that once a queen saved the life of her husband with her smartness and will. There was prince who was cursed that he will die on the fourth day after his marriage. His wife didnt let him sleep the whole night. She made a plan to divert the mind of the Yamraj. She took out all her jewellery and kept it at the entrance with some lamps. The shining jewellery and the light of the lamps disturbed the Yamraj and he struggled in order to enter the room in his snake form. Then he got amazed by the beautiful voice coming from inside and the melodious voice of queens song kept the Yamraj engaged for the entire night. This way the queen became successful in saving the life of her husband. Since that day Dhanteras is being celebrated. Though there are some other legends too that are associated with the festival Dhanteras but this one is the most trusted one.

Dhanteras in 2013

The craze and excitement for the festival Dhanteras never dies in the heart of people. Dhanteras in 2013 too is bringing the time in which people can buy the desired items. People start planning from many days ago that what they will be buying on the day of Dhanteras. Dhanteras in 2013 will also get to witness large amount of people investing their time in being in the market to shop their items.

It is the time for people when they actually buy something for the purpose of celebrating the money they have. Otherwise the shopping is almost done for need. People find it very important to get a new item at home as it signifies that they can afford that thing and this expres presence of money in ones hand. People of all class have immense faith in Dhanteras. And, people irrespective of their status will surely buy new things on the day of Dhanteras in 2013.

May the festival of wealth Dhanteras arrives with countless moments of happiness for all with wealth and prosperity as well. We wish all a very blessed Dhanteras of 2013!

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