Festival of India: Dhan Teras and Diwali
Dhan Teras: Lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur
Dhan Teras and Diwali dates in 2016
Happy Diwali 2016!
Dhan Teras will be falling on Friday, October 28 in the year 2016. Diwali will be on Sunday, October 30. Nirvana Laddu and Govardhan Pooja will be on Monday, 31st, and Bhai Dooj on Tuesday, November 1.
I wish you a very happy Dhanteras and Diwali. May God bless you on the Indian festival of lights.
Indian festival Diwali starts from Dhan Teras
Dhan Teras and Diwali are the most auspicious and popular festival in India. Festival of Diwali lasts for five days starting from Dhan Teras. Dhan Teras falls on Kartik Krishna Trayodashi two days prior to Diwali. People from almost all casts and creed celebrate Diwali in India. Diwali is also known as Deepavali (Dipavali). It is a festival of light.
Diwali is a Hindu festival as well as a Sikh and Jain festival.
Dhan Teras is actually Dhanwantari Trayodashi. Dhanwantari was the father of Ayurveda, who was found in Samudra Manthan according to Hindu mythological stories.The day is considered as his birthday and celebrated as a day of health.
Ancient Indians knew the value of good physical health and considered it above wealth. They believed that one cannot attain his or her mundane or spiritual goals without physical wellness. Hence, the Diwali festival starts with the day for physical health.
Meaning of the day Dhan Teras had been changed during past centuries. The word Dhan was used as an abbreviation of Dhanwantari and people started believing this day as a day of Dhan meaning wealth.
People buy Gold, Silver, Diamond, color stones, Jewelry, Houses, shops and another real estate on this day. Dhan Teras is considered as auspicious as Akshay Tritiya (Akha Teej) for buying immovable assets and gold, silver, diamond, Jewelry etc.
Dhanteras: The shopping day for Indians
This day is considered as Abujh Muhurt that means very special and auspicious day according to the astrology of India. One can do any auspicious work on this day without asking for a Muhurt (Auspicious time) from a Pundit or astrologer.
Akshay Tritiya is main shopping festival in south India and Dhanteras is main shopping festival in northern parts of India.
Large numbers of Indian businessmen start their business on the auspicious days of Dhanteras and Diwali. It is believed that starting a business in these days are lucky and brings wealth.
Traditional Shops at Johri Bazar, Jaipur
Diwali: A five days festival
The festival of Diwali starts from Dhan Teras. The second day is celebrated as Roop Choudas, that means the day of beauty. Lord Krishna killed demon Narakasur on this day. Hence it is also called Narak Chaturdashi. Third or the central day is Deepavali. It is believed that Lord Ram came back to Ayodhya from his exile on that day. Lord Mahavira attained salvation on Diwali according to Jainism. Jain communities worship Lord Mahavira while celebrating Deepavali festival.
Hindu community observes Govardhan Puja on the fourth day. Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan hill in his mighty hands to save local people from the anger of Indra, the king of gods on this day. This is the starting of the bright fortnight of Indian lunar month Kartik. Jain communities offer Nirvana Laddu to Lord Mahavira in this morning. New year in Gujrat starts from this day.
The fifth and final day of this festival are Bhai Dooj or Bhratri Dwitiya. Sisters put "Tilak" on the forehead of their brothers. Tilak is the symbol of good luck. Hindu mythology says that the Tilak done on Bhai Dooj saves from untimely death. Bhai Duj is also called Yama Dwitiya by the name of Yama (god of death).
Five days festival in Diwali
Kartik Krishna Trayodashi
Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi
Kartik Krishna Amavasya
Kartik Shukla Pratipada
Govardhan Pooja, Nirvan Laddu
Kartik Shukla Dwitiya
Shops in Johari Bazr Decorated for Dhan Teras in Jaipur
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Jaipur celebrates Dhan Teras and Diwali
Jaipur is famous for its Diwali festival and everyone in the Pink city celebrates this with full enthusiasm. The local government also encourages people especially the shopkeepers to decorate the roads, streets, and markets. You can see decorated markets in these days. Jaipur keeps itself in a festive mood during these days.
Jaipur keeps itself in a festive mood during these days. People of Jaipur celebrate Diwali with crackers, dazzling lights, decorated shops and houses, streets and roads. They wear traditional Indian dresses and watching this is a delightful experience for the foreigners.
Please also view and enjoy my article on Diwali of Jaipur. I have posted several photos, videos, and text in the article.
Decorated shops in Jaipur
Dhanwantari Trayodashi: Dhan Teras
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