The word 'Dhanteras' is made from two Sanskrit words – ‘Dhan’ meaning wealth and ‘teras’ meaning 13th day as per Hindu calender. The festival of Dhanteras is important for Hindu households because on the auspicious day of Dhanteras, Hindus are supposed to buy pure gold/or silver jewellery, coins, bars and new utensils. This is done because it is said that goddess Lakshmi then showers households with more of this kind of wealth.
#SpeakingOfGold with Devdutt Pattanaik
Author Devdutt Pattanaik discusses the arrival of Goddess Laxmi that symbolizes prosperity and the auspiciousness of festive days like Dhanteras for bringing gold into your home.