Kali Puja, another major festival that coincides with Diwali, is also being celebrated today with traditional fervour. May this Diwali light up new dreams, fresh hopes and fill your days with pleasant surprises and moments.
Dhanteras is one of the most important festivals in Hindu religion, which is celebrated around autumn.
Dhanteras falls in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov), and it is the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight.
Diwali is one of the biggest shopping seasons and people buy new clothes for themselves and their families, as well as gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, even expensive items such as cars and gold jewelry. The literal meaning of the Dhanteras festival is that "Dhan" means wealth and "teras" means the thirteenth day of the moon cycle. Every Hindu light Diyas on this day. Here is everything you need to know.
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The festival is widely identified by new beginnings, lights, bursting of fireworks, sweetmeats, feasts as well as time with family and friends. Have a look at the pooja timings for this year, 2016, and other details below. This festival will be celebrated till the 30 of October. Suresh Jain, manager at an electronics store in Thane area, added, "As people get their Diwali bonuses and tend to shop a lot of valuables on Dhanteras, we have kept a string of offers for them".
It is considered important that the Goddess is worshiped at the given auspicious time. In South too, people show their appreciation for cows as they think that they are the incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. In same places, Goddess Kali is worshipped on this festival. It is said that the prince was doomed that he would die of a snake bite on the 4 day of his marriage. His wife, however, thwarted the plans by making a heap of all her gold jewellery along with coins at the entrance. She also kept her husband awake by narrating stories and singing songs.
Thus, Yama had to return. Since then, this very day came to be referred as "Yamadeepan" and the lamps are kept burning bright all through the night in reverential admiration of the lord of death. According to Hinduism, demon Narakasura was killed on this day by Lord Krishna. Let Diwali bring peace, unity and harmony amongst the different communities of the state, he said and "let us make our state Nagaland peaceful and prosperous".
Lord Kuber is the "Yaksha" who is known as the protector of wealth.