Dhanteras - The festival of wealth
Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin. The word ‘Dhan’ means wealth. As such this day of the five-day Diwali festival has a great importance for the rich mercantile community of India.
The festival of Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi. This festival marks the beginning of the Diwali celebrations and that is why, it is considered the first day of five days long festivities of Diwali. The festival falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Ashwin (October/November). The word Dhanteras, Dhan stands for wealth. On Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to customary purchases of precious metals on this day.
To mark the auspicious day, houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights. On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.
Bhajans - devotional songs - in praise of Goddess Lakshmi are sung and ‘Naivedya’ of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya. In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south India, cows are offered particularly special veneration because they are thought of as incarnations of the Goddess Lakshmi.
During Dhanteras people often exchange gifts with each other. Dhanteras gifts involve silver and gold items, jewellery, pooja thalis, stainless steel utensils, Diwali gift hampers, crockery and many other things. So here are few ideas that might help you to choose a special gift for Dhanteras.
Diya set and Puja Thali
Magppie launched its Diwali collection of Diya sets and Puja thalis. We all love the dazzle of diyas. Magppie's diya set is a pretty ensemble of five double walled diya inside a thali with an upturned rim. The diyas when lit are still cool to hold from the outside. The warm golden flame in the silvery steel diyas is a sight to behold. Easily washable for reuse the diya set is an ideal companion for all prayers. Pooja set from Magppie contains a round steel tray with a beautiful rim, a diya, a bell and an incense holder along with a dhoop holder. The diya is double walled so that it does not become hot to hold. It has the sheen of silver with the durability of steel. Gives a neat look and can be easily cleaned for reuse. Contains: Set of 5 pcs, 1 Thali, 1 Bell, 1 Diya, 1 Incense Holder, 1 Dhoop Holder. The range starts from Rs 500 onwards. Log on to www.magppieindia.com to know more.
Bring home a Ganesha
Eka has a range of Ganesha idols from all over the country, costing anything between Rs 125 and a lakh. The collection features traditional, contemporary, tribal and modern art forms with sizes ranging from two-inch miniatures to those almost four feet in height. You get to see carved Lord Ganesha idols in almost every pose: Standing, leaning, sleeping, dancing, and showing his prowess with his hands, in colours like brown, red, silver and gold. The material used is varied as metal, stone, wood, ceramic, fibre, resin, silver enamel, sand and more. The range of Ganesha idols starts from Rs 125 onwards
At: Eka, 19, Gangadhar Chetty Road, Opp RBANMS Grounds. Call: 2554 4371
Silvos Company has an exquisite range of 92.5 sterling silver jewellery. Their range of Jewellery is a true piece of art, rich in traditions and beautifully handcrafted. Craftsmen have seamlessly fused the flavor of the past and the creativity of today and tomorrow, which is matchless in beauty and uncompromised in its quality. Log on to www.silvos.co.in to know more. Also Silver Shoppe at Barton Centre has some heavy duty stuff in silver like display stands and dinner service. You will also find beautiful trinkets and gift items like photo frames, spoons, trays etc. If you are looking for engravings, dining sets in silver, vase, pen stands, clocks etc, visit this old time store.
Diwali Gift Hamper
Mother Earth and the Spastic Society of Karnataka have got together for a cause and have launched Diwali Gift Hampers. The gift hamper consists of dry fruits and delicious butterscotch or tangy orange chocolates made at the spastic society and are priced at Rs. 99/-, 199/- and 299/-. The Diwali Hampers are available across all Mother Earth stores in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Gift a Gold Coin
If you are looking for gold coins purely for investment purposes this Dhanteras you can get these at Gitanjali Jewellery on Airport Road, Bangalore. The jeweler has introduced a wide range of gold coins in various denominations like 0.5 grams, 1 gram, 2 grams, 5 grams and 10 grams. Gitanjali Jewellery is offering online facility to buy these coins as well. You can also buy these coins in bulk for corporate gifts on special order. Gold coins at Gitanjali Jewellery are 99.5% BIS Hallmarked and certified.