Dhanteras precedes the Diwali festival. It is considered auspicious to buy some item made of metal on this day.
Preparation for Diwali
Homes are cleaned thoroughly, whitewashed or painted as the case may be. All the unwanted old stuff from the homes are thrown out. Everyone gets ready to celebrate Diwali . Diwali is considered the auspicious beginning of a New Year. The homes and offices are decorated with lamps, diyas flowers and Rangoli. Deities of Lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi are installed in the prayer rooms. All this is for the puja being done on Diwali day. All the entrance to the homes are beautifully decorated.
Dhanteras is a festival that precedes Diwali.
Dhanteras is the auspicious day when everyone visits the shopping markets to buy gold or silver coins and utensils. They also end up buying LED lights, sparkling lights, hanging lights,icicle lights, paper lamp shades.
Diyas and Candles
Real flowers, streamers made of paper flowers, diyas made of mud, painted diyas, diya stands, large earthen pots and painted flower vases are all purchased.
Rangoli is designs done on the floor with coloured powder. Beautiful floor decorations are done in homes and offices. Images of deities, elephants, peacocks and diyas are the subjects that are usually portrayed in the designs. The rangoli is done in the corners of the homes and also in front of the prayer/puja rooms. Marigold flowers are also used in rangoli designs.
Deities of Ganesha and Lakshmi
It is a must to buy deities of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi before Diwali. They could be made of mud, copper, brass, silver or even gold. All the Diwali street markets are filled with several stalls where the dolls are sold.
Lord Ganesha is said to be the destroyer of evil forces and Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to usher in prosperity to homes.
Buying Metal on Dhanteras
All the shops selling utensils are crowded. It is customary to buy a stainless steel bowl, a new plate, a new jar or a cooking plate, nonstick pots and pans on this day.
One major purchase on Dhanteras is silver and gold. People who can afford to do so buy silver coins or silver gift articles. Some people even buy gold coins or gold jewellery. It is considered very auspicious to buy gold on this day. Jewellery shops have special sales to promote light weight gold coins that is affordable .
Shopkhoj wishes its readers a happy Dhanteras and happy Diwali!