why we celebrate dhanteras
Krishna Trayodashi of Kartik month is called Dhanteras. This festival gives advance notice of the arrival of Deepawali. Buying new utensils on this day is considered auspicious. On the day of Dhanteras, worship of Lord Yama, the god of death and worship of Lord Dhanvantari is important.
Why is the festival of Dhanteras celebrated –
In Indian culture, health has been considered as a place above money. This proverb is still prevalent today that ‘first happiness is healthy body, duja happiness is home in maya’, therefore, Dhanteras is first given importance in Deepawali. Which is perfectly compatible with Indian culture.
According to the stories narrated in the scriptures, Lord Dhanvantari appeared on the day of Kartik Krishna Trayodashi during Samudra Manthan with nectar kalash in his hands. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari is part of Vishnu. Lord Vishnu incarnated Dhanvantari for the expansion and spread of medical science in the world. The festival of Dhanteras is celebrated to commemorate the appearance of Lord Dhanvantari.
What to do on the day of Dhanteras –
On the day of Dhanteras, buying silver and other metals in any form according to your ability is very auspicious.
For the attainment of wealth, donate a lamp at the place of worship for the deity Kubera and donate the lamp at the main gate for the death god Yamraj.
Legendary and authentic story of Dhanteras
There is a story related to Dhanteras that on the day of Kartik Krishna Trayodashi, Lord Vishnu broke an eye of Shukracharya, the guru of Asuras, due to hindering the work of the gods.
According to the legend, Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avatar to relieve the gods from the fear of King Bali and reached the sacrificial fire of King Bali. Shukracharya also recognized Lord Vishnu as Vamana and urged King Bali to deny him anything that Vaman asked for. Vamana is the true God Vishnu who has come to take away everything from you to help the gods.
Bali did not listen to Shukracharya. Vamana started taking pledge by taking water from the kamandal to donate three pug lands, sought by God. Shukracharya entered King Bali’s kamandal in miniature form to prevent him from donating the sacrifice. Due to this, the passage of water from the kamandal was closed.
Vamana understood the tricks of Lord Shukracharya. Lord Vamana placed Kusha in his hand in the mandal so that one eye of Shukracharya exploded. Shukracharya came out of the corridor with a splash.
After this, Bali resolved to donate three steps of land. Then Lord Vamana measured the entire earth with one foot and space with the second step. With no place to keep the third step, Bali sacrificed his head at the feet of Lord Vaman. He lost everything in sacrifice.
In this way, the Gods were freed from the fear of sacrifice and the wealth and wealth that the sacrifice had taken away from the gods got manifold wealth from the gods. The festival of Dhanteras is also celebrated on this occasion.