Monday, April 18, 2011


Come fall, with lavish harvest and cool breezes, and for the people of India, its time to enjoy the various celebrations. One of these festivals is the Dhanteras, also known as ‘Dhantrayodashi’ or ‘Dhanvantari Triodasi’ custom to celebrate the Goddess Laxmi. The festival, observed two days before Diwali is considered to herald the beginning of the festival of lights. Thus, it can also be called Diwali eve gala. The festival usually comes every year on the thirteenth day of the moon Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month Ashwin (October / November).
Dhanteras and is of particular importance to the business community in India, and they pray to Laxmi, the goddess of wealth for good luck and success in life. Between the business community, wholesale jewelry a special ceremony in this festival the most pompous in the areas of the gold market.
The festival is characterized by colorful decorations and renovations in homes and workplaces individual to welcome Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Women constitute rangolis color, or the word alpana patterns with small footprints of goddess symbolizes entry homes and businesses. Some people light diyas, or traditional lamps throughout the night to ward off evil spirits. Doors remain open, neighbors and communities together to share sweets and tiny lamps.
To bring good luck and wealth further, and people also buy gold and silver, jewelry, new cars, and homes during this festival. Shops Jewelers’ remain open late into the night and are crowded throughout the day. There are a few devouts reform, so that the dates of marriages in this day.
In South India, on the evening Dhanteras, and preparations for the holy bath to be taken early next day – on Narakchaturdashi. Utensils are clean water and venerated, decorated with marigolds and mango leaves and filled with water. Are heated and the next morning, and uses hot water for ritual bath for the destruction of sin and ignorance. Traditional sweets such as laddus, chaklis, sakkaparas, and candy Padam much a part of the celebrations.
There is a myth interesting about this festival. There was some Hema King, whose son is destined to die of snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. But on that day, and kept him awake with his wife and put her all the ornaments at the entrance. As it was destined, god of death ‘Yama’ disguised as a snake tried to enter the room, but Prince of dazzling lights of ornaments and went away without completing his mission. Hence, in this day is kept Zia whole night to burn Dhanteras on behalf of Yama.

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