Dhanteras is the third day of Diwali festival. The day is also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi and it falls on 13th lunar day of darker side in the Hindu month of Ashwin (October/November). The word itself tells the value of `Dhan' i.e. money. People worship Goddess Laxmi and pray for prosperity and well being. People also worship Dhanvantri, who is the God of Ayurveda. It is celebrated as the Dhanvantari Jayanti.
The people who worship Lord Dhanvantari by lighting earthen lamps (Diya) on the threshold of their houses are blessed with good health and are protected against untimely death.
Legend behind this festival
Once Yamraj asked his attendants: Oh attendants, did you ever feel pity for someone while taking his/her life? The attendants replied in positive and told him that once a king named Hansa went for hunting in the forest and got separated from his soldiers. He then reached the palace of king Hemraj, who was childless. But a handsome son was born to him after the arrival of King Hansa. When the child was baptized on the sixth day of his birth, it was foretold that he would die on the forth day after his marriage. And as per the forecast, he got married to a beautiful and well mannered girl. But death took him away from her. At that time, tears rolled down the cheeks of the attendants after seeing the girl's condition. But they were bound by Yamraj's order and thus were helpless.
At that time, Yamraj told his attendants that he too was moved with this incident and further added that if people worship God Dhanvantri on the day of Dhanteras by lighting lamps on their threshold, then untimely death can never touch them.
According to another popular legend, when the gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit or nectar, Dhanavantri (the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.
People worship God Dhanvantri on this auspicious day by lighting lamps on the thresholds of their houses. This not only provides them sound health but also protects them and their family members from untimely death.
Birth of Dhanvantri
The birth of Lord Dhanvantri is mentioned in Shreemad Bhagwat and Sushrut Samhita. Lord Dhanvantari emerged out of the churning of ocean with a vessel of Amrit in his hands. He was born to protect living beings from untimely death, diseases and sorrows.
People worship God Dhanvantri on this auspicious day by lighting lamps on the thresholds of their houses. This not only provides them sound health but also protects them and their family members from untimely death. Dhanu referred in the word Dhanvantri symbolizes sorrows and Dhanvantri means the destroyer of sorrows.
This Diwali invite Goddess Lakshmi to your home and life forever. Get an attuned, energised and specially procured Shree Yantra or Meruprusth Shree Yantra during auspicious Muhurats of Dhan Teras, Diwali and Bestu Baras. Institute them at your home or office. Regular worship of an authentic and worshipped Shree Yantra, the symbol of Goddess Lakshmi herself, brings happiness, prosperity and great luck.
The GaneshaSpeaks Team