What is Dhanteras & Why Do Indians Buy Gold on This Auspicious Day?
WHAT IS DHANTERAS?
Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali festival and is derived from the Sanskrit words "dhan," which means wealth, and "teras," which means 13 and occurs on the 13th day of the Hindu lunar calendar. Hindus believe that buying new items—especially jewelry—as well as kitchenware, electronics, and even vehicles is lucky on this day. It is believed that whatever one buys on this day, reaps rich benefits.
For the event, homes are purified, and Dhanvantari, the God of health and Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system, is worshipped.
In order to welcome Lakshmi and bring her additional money, lamps are lit in homes and jewelry is purchased in her honour.
HOW TO WISH SOMEBODY ON DHANTERAS
While Diwali is a time to celebrate everything that is new and shiny, it is also a time to pray for a prosperous future.
In addition to the brief "Happy Dhanteras," wishes and messages typically concentrate on fresh starts and blessings, with a focus on riches and success which frequently invoke Lakshmi.
Other variations include "I hope this festival brings you greater good fortune and riches" and "May goddess Lakshmi shower you [and your family] with benefits.”
Wishing business partners or clients "success" in their endeavours is a good idea if you're sending holiday greetings to them.
Or you may just say "Shubh Dhanteras," which means "Auspicious Dhanteras," which is the literal translation.
WHY DO INDIANS BUY GOLD ON DHANTERAS?
Indian heritage is deeply rooted in gold and gold jewelry. Gold is viewed as a representation of fortune, abundance, prosperity, and good fortune. People believe that the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is embodied in gold.
On Dhanteras, it is said that Goddess Lakshmi visits the houses of her worshippers and grants their requests. Due to the typical purchases of various precious metals on this day, Dhanteras has significant significance for the business community. Also revered on Dhanteras 2022 is Lord Kubera (Dhan-Kuber), the God of possessions and fortune.
WHAT ARE THE BEST GIFTS TO BUY FOR DHANTERAS?
Gold or silver Shagun coins are thought to bring luck and positivity. According to legend, the coins draw the blessings of Lord Ganesha, Lord Kuber, or Goddess Lakshmi. Utensils are yet another ideal Dhanteras gift. Copper, silver, and brass cookware are popular purchases and gifts.
Wishing all of our valued customers a very Happy Dhanteras. May the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi always be showered on your and your loved ones. May this auspicious festival bring much prosperity in your lives.