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Dhanteras by Veena Manchikanti

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

Dhanteras is the first day of the five day long Diwali celebrations. This year it is on the 12th of November 2020.

Traditions of Dhanteras On Dhanteras, people clean and repair their homes. They also make rangolis, light up clay diyas and chant mantras. People also perform Lakshmi pooja during the muhurat according to the calendar.

Importance of Dhanteras Dhanteras is a very auspicious time to purchase new things such as gold and silver.

Story of Dhanteras The legend behind celebrating Dhanteras is the story of 16 year old son of King Hima. He was forecasted his death by a snake bite on 4th day of his marriage. His wife was very clever and found the way to save the life of her husband. She didn't allow her husband to sleep on that special day. She had collected lots of her own ornaments and coins of gold and silver and made a heap at the doorway of his bedroom and lit lamps everywhere in the room. She recited the stories in order to keep her husband awake. The god of death,Yama had arrived at the doorway in the form of a serpent. His eyes were dazzled by lit lamps and jewellery and hence he was unable to enter the room. Then he tried to climb over the heap of coins but after listening to the song of the Prince's wife he sat down there for the whole night and slowly it became morning and he went away without killing her husband as the 4th day had passed. In this way she saved the life of her husband, from then this day is celebrated as Dhanteras.

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