New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik, Dhanteras is a festival that marks the beginning of Diwali. Also known as 'Dhanatrayodashi' or 'Dhanvantari Trayodashi', Dhanteras will be celebrated on November 13 this year. This festival has special significance to Lakshmi, Lord Kuber, Lord Yama and Lord Dhanvantari and it believed that worshipping them would help devotees increase their wealth prosperity. Interestingly, the Ministry of AYUSH observes Dhanteras as the "National Ayurveda Day". It was first observed on October 28, 2016.

There are several stories behind the celebration of the Dhanteras in Hindu mythology. On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Yamraj, Lord Kuber and Lord Dhanvantri.

History

According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean of milk along with a pot full of Gold and Lord Kuber. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi brings Lord Kuber to fulfil the wishes of the devotees. So, people worship Goddess Laksmi and Lord Kuber (God of wealth). Dhanteras is also known as Yamadeepan. It is believed that people worship Lord Yamraj--God of death-- to please him and pray for the long life of the family.

Significance

It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi arrives on this day along with Lord Kuber, who is known as the God of wealth, to those who worship them with all dedication and heart. So, on this day, especially during Samudra Manthan, devotees should worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber to please them. Also, according to Hindu mythology, people buy utensils, jewellery and other materialistic things to bring good luck to the home.

Importance

According to Hindu mythology, Dhanteras is celebrated to worship Lord Dhanvantri during Samudra Manthan. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantri came out of the churned sea during the Krishna Paksha tryodashi of the Kartik Mass with an Amrit pot. To seek the blessing of Lord Dhanvantri and Amrit from his pot, devotees worship his with zest and zeal.

Posted By: Srishti Goel