Significance of Gold during Dhanteras #SpeakingOfGold


Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian author and mythologist

29 Oct 2018

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.

In Hinduism, when it comes to rituals and celebrations, timing is everything, and every action carries meaning. Renowned Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik talks on what fuels people to buy gold on special occasions like Akshaya Trithiya and Diwali and what makes them refrain from making such a purchase during certain periods. The mythologist refers to the various tales in the Hindu mythology that spread the belief of good things happening on auspicious days and the presence of undesirable aura surrounding inauspicious days.