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Dhanteras

India is a land of festivals and learning. Dhanteras is renowned for its grand scale of festivity in India. Dhanteras marks the beginning of the biggest Indian five-day festival of light. The word Dhanteras originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘teras’ means 13th day of the Krishna paksha in the Ashwin month.

On this day people worshipped Goddess of Wealth – Laxmi and the treasurer of Gods – Kuber. Dhanteras holds special importance as it is believed that Goddess of Wealth – Laxmi resides in the Ishan Kon so devotees on this day clean the Ishan Kon i.e. the North-East corner and also buy gold ornaments and silver utensils as it is believed to bring good luck that attracts prosperity through the year.

For Hindus, Dhanteras festival marks the big occasion for buying silver or gold or steel utensils which denotes the grace of goddess Lakshmi on people’s lives. The purchase of new things is dedicated to goddess Lakshmi and lord kuber, who are believed to bring fortune tidings, immense wealth and prosperity in people’s life. People customarily buy gold and silver coins on this day.

Dhanteras is renowned for its grand scale of festivity in India. While the schools, houses, offices, and shops are decorated in the festive mood with flowers, lighting, and rangolis, beautiful diyas are placed at the entrance for the good luck and prosperity. People offer greetings and gifting are also important rituals during Dhanteras. On this day, the people make goddess Lakshmi’s little feet with the rice flour at the entrance of the house. Make beautiful rangoli at the entrance and lit a Deepak for Lord Yama in the south direction of the house. Some people keep fast on this day while some only do Pooja in the evening after sunset.

Indian festivals have some stories behind the festival therefore, top schools in Noida emphasize to learn from these festivals for life because, dhanteras has a legend associated with it. Though there are a couple of stories associated with it, however, the story of the 16-year-old son of King Hima is perhaps the most popular one. It is said that as per his horoscope, he was destined to die by a snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On the fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She built a heap of her gold ornaments and silver coins at the entrance of their bedroom and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. She ensured each and every corner of the room was well-lit and that there were no dark corners. In order to keep him wide awake, she sang songs and narrated stories. The god of Death, Yama had arrived there in the form of Serpent. Suddenly his eyes were started dazzling because of the lighting lamps and jewellery. He was unable to enter the room that’s why he tried to go through the climbing over the heap of coins. But after listening the song of prince’s wife he sat down there for whole night. And slowly it became morning and he went away without taking her husband. In this way she had saved the life of her husband, from then the day was started celebrating as Dhanteras. 

May this Dhanteras Light up new dreams, fresh hopes, undiscovered avenues, and different perspectives, everything bright & beautiful and fill your days with pleasant surprises and moments. Happy Dhanteras to you and your family from JBM Global School family.  

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