Did you know that Lord Kubera, the treasurer of Gods, always carries a bag filled with gold coins? Keep reading for more interesting facts about Lord Kubera - God of Wealth.
Even today, miners pray to Kubera before beginning any project as he had discovered the process of gold mining.
Kubera is often depicted with a mongoose in his hand. This is no ordinary mongoose, however; it is made of gold and is said to spit out precious germs when it opens its mouth.
After Kubera prayed to Shiva for many years, Shiva made him the King of Yakshas and Yakshinis- dwarfish semi-divine creatures that protect natural treasures.
Kubera is one of the Lokapalas, meaning ‘guardians of directions’, and is said to be the guardian of North. After Ravana banished Kubera from Lanka, Vishwakarma built the kingdom of Alakapuri on Mount Kailash (north) so that Kubera can stay there and fulfil his duty of being a Lokapala.
Lord Vishnu, reborn on earth as Lord Srinivasa, borrowed money from Kubera to handle expenses of his marriage with Lakshmi (reborn as Princess Padmavati) and provide proof of his wealth. It is believed that all the donations made by devotees to Lord Srinivasa of Tirupati contribute in paying for interest on the loan, to Kubera.
Dhanteras is a festival dedicated to Lord Kubera. People often buy gold on Dhanteras, because buying ‘Dhan’ - gold or new items is considered to be good luck. Before buying gold on Dhanteras, devotees perform the Kubera-Lakshmi puja to invite wealth and prosperity into their lives. It is also believed that praying to Kubera helps maintain and protect your wealth.
Karat is a unit of gold purity with 24 karat gold being the purest form. Karats are calculated by multiplying the mass of pure gold in the coin by 24, then dividing it by the total mass of the coin.
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