Diwali 2018 countdown has begun, as Dhanteras is here, an auspicious occasion for buying metals such as gold, silver and investing money.
Dhanteras or also known as Dhantrayodashi celebrated as Lakshmi Puja and devotees worship Lord Kubera (God of wealth) and light diyas in front of the god and around the house to keep away evil.
This year Dhanteras will be celebrated on Monday, 5 November 2018, a day before Naraka Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali).
On this day, people across the country visit markets also purchase utensils and other things to welcome the deity and maintain wealth and prosperity in the house.
Here’s everything thing you need to know about “Dhanteras”
As per drikpanchang.com, timings are:
Dhanteras Puja Mahurat: 6:05 PM to 8:01 PM
Duration: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Pradosh Kaal: 5:29 PM to 8:07 PM
Vrishabha Kaal: 6:05 PM to 8:01 PM
Trayodashi Tithi begins from 01:24 AM on 5th November 2018
Trayodashi Tithi ends at 11:46 PM on 5th November 2018
According to the legends, the occasion is related an interesting story about the 16-year-old son of King Hima, whose horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, Hima’s daughter-in-law laid out all of her jewellery, silver coins and lit up diyas over the place.
The next day, when Yamaraj, the god of Death in the form of snake arrived at the prince’s doorstep, his eyes were blinded with the brilliance of light and metals following this he returned.
Since then, it is believed that purchasing gold and silver jewellery on this day ward off people from bad luck.
What you can buy
Traditionally, gold has been the first choice on this eve, but there are lots of other options available in the markets such as silver, gemstones, diamond ornaments, coins and others.
Apart from Jwelaries, nowadays, people also opt for investment plans Mutual fund SIP (Systematic Investment Plan), Sukanya Samriddhi Account, properties and others.
Wishing you a very Happy and prosperous Dhanteras.