DHANTERAS ON 2ND NOVEMBER 2021 – A FESTIVAL OF PEACE & PROSPERITY
MAY THE KUVERA THE GOD OF WEALTH & PROSPERITY FULFILLS THE NEEDS OF ALL
SIGNIFICANCE OF ALL THE FESTIVALS
We all are aware every festival has its its significance. The beauty of all the festivals is that each of them has specific message. It may be Diwali, Eid, Christmas Day Prakash Divas or any other festival. Every festival is unique in itself .
The word Dhanteras is derived from Dhan meaning wealth and Teras means thirteenth. In other words, the people on this day, people purchase gold, silver ornaments or any other precious metal wares as per the purchasing propensnsity of an individual concerned.
MESSAGE OF DHANTERAS
Dhanteras too has a message that if we earn our living by adopting sincere and honest means, wealth, prosperity and wellness will flow in abundance as a result of our hard work. As this wealth is earned with our hard work, therefore, its use will bestow us huge dividends.
DHANTERAS MARKS THE START OF DIWALI FESTIVALWe begin our prayers with our sincere to Lord Ganesha who protects us from all the problems (Veghana Harta) Dhanteras marks the beginning of the festival of Diwali Festival. It coincides with Trayodashi Tithi (Thirteenth) of the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik. Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Dhanvantari the Lord Kubera (God of wealth), and Yamraj (God of Death) are also worshipped on this day.
This year, this festival is being celebrated on 2nd November 2021. We worship Dhanvantari, who is considered as the God of wealth along with Ayurveda. Worshipping him bestows us wealth, good health and with it peace and prosperity. This day too would be celebrated as the National Ayurveda Day.
WORSHIP OF GODDESS OF WEALTH – MAA LAKSHMI
On this day, the Goddess of Wealth, Maa Lakshmi is worshiped – with a sincere prayer to Maa to shower her graces on the entire family so that all the members of the family remain blessed with health and wellness. As she is the Goddess of opulence and wellness, those who worship her with utmost sincerity are graced by her optimally. With his point in view, the devout worship her for earning her graces.
LORD KUBERA WORSHIPED FOR MATERIAL PROSPERITY AND WELLNESS OF THE FAMILY
LORD KUBERA – THE LORD OF WEALTH & PROSPERITY
SPECIAL WORSHIP (PUJA) OF KUBER (PUJA)
Besides, it is relevant to mention here that Lord Kuber, was actually the owner of Golden Lanka. He was also the treasurer of the precious metals. Actually he was the step-brother of Demon King Ravana. He was driven out of Lanka by Demon King Ravana, his half brother. Kubera got the status of God in Puranas. He is the Lord of wealth and wellness. He is also considered as the protector or Lokapala. On this auspicious day, houses and business establishments are spruced for earning his blessings. It is not only Hindus who worship him, Jains and Buddhists too worship him for prosperity and wellness of their families.
WORSHIP OF LORD YAMA (THE LORD OF DEATH) FOR FOLLOWING THE PATH OF DHARMA
Lord Yama or Yamraj is worshiped on this day for our longevity, good health while following the path of Dharma and Karma.
THE DUTY OF LORD YAMA
Lord Yama is assigned the task of moral duty or upkeeping Dharma while transacting our Karmic deeds. In this, he looks after how best the mortal beings adopt self-restraint and follow the path of Dharma. He is one of the protectors (Lokpala). He is shown to carry a stick (Danda) to enforce the rules of Dharma. His vehicle (vahan) is shown as a buffalo. He is the Lord of Death who keeps a tab of births and deaths along with the way we perform Karmic deeds or misdeeds etc. In this, he is assisted by Chitragupta to record all the Karma performed by all of us. No thought and karmic deed escapes his attention and these thoughts and deeds are shown on the day of judgment after the death of an individual.
WHY WE REQUIRE HEALTH, WEALTH AND WELLNESS?
In life everybody requires wealth according to ones needs and aspirations. For possession of wealth, we need to work hard as nothing is got without hard work. The possession of wealth depends on the propensity to earn according to our capability and job we perform. Then there is question of how much of material possessions we need for meeting our needs; for meeting expenditure on our family, for the expenditure on our children’s education, for construction of our house etc. All these are necessary for everybody for living a honorable life. In this Goddess Lakshmi bestows us bountiful graces if we offer her prayers with utmost sincerity.
FOR EARNING NEEDED WEALTH, WE’VE TO PUT IN SINCERE EFFORT
For earning wealth we require to meet our daily expenditure, it is important that we remain hale and hearty so as to put in long hours of work. For being healthy, we require health giving diet and have to perform exercises for keeping the body fit. All this could happen if we devote some of time in prayers and especially on this day Maa Lakshmi is the prime-mover – for giving us health, wealth and wellness.
WHY WE PURCHASE PRECIOUS METALS ON THIS DAY?
For earning our living and having good health, we have to put in our best efforts and then destiny too plays its part. For this, we have to have spiritual oriented life and perform our duties and function as assigned. DHANTERAS is a festival of purchasing something precious such as gold coin, silver coin, house utensils based on our need and our capacity to spend. The price of precious metals appreciates and could act as a security for future too. Security in the sense that we can sell the precious metal and have our emergent needs fulfilled.
SIGNIFICANCE OF DHANTERAS
- Dhanteras is precursor or forrunner to Diwali celebrations.
- On this day, the God of Wealth is worshiped for wealth & wellness based on our sincere hard work.
- A precious metal is purchased on this day which could be sold as and when needed to meet our future needs.
- On this day, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi (The Goddess of wealth and wellness) along with Lord of Death Yamraj too are worshiped.
- This day too gives us lesson that what we earn with our hardwork works wonders for us and for our offspring.