Mumbai, Dhanteras has a tradition of buying expensive metals like gold, silver as well as brass utensils and brooms. Actually, Dhanteras is a festival of happiness, prosperity and healing. Dhanvantari, the god of health, appeared on this day. Cleanliness is necessary to stay healthy and it is said that where there is cleanliness, Lakshmi resides. Therefore it is believed that Lakshmi comes to the house by buying a broom on Dhanteras.
The festival of Dhanteras is being celebrated across the country today (Friday). In the auspicious time of Dhanteras, preparations have already been made for buying gold and silver in the bullion market across the country and jewelery vendors are offering attractive gifts to the customers on the occasion.
Sahityaacharya Pandit Dinesh Kumar Mishra explains that during the churning of the ocean, Dhanvantari, the god of health, descended from this Kartik Krishna’s Trayodashi with an amrit kalash.
Pandit Dinesh Kumar Mishra says that Lord Dhanvantari had embodied the nectar-kalash, so people buy brass utensils as a symbol of the urn and the nectar has medicines that provide healing. He said that there is also a tradition of buying coriander seeds on Dhanteras as it has medicinal properties.
Lakshmi is also worshiped on this day.
Pandit Mishra says that the festival of Dhanteras comes before Diwali and usually before Diwali people clean the houses for which broom is required hence there is a tradition of buying broom on this day. At the same time, the urn is established on the day of Diwali and new utensils are needed, so people buy utensils on the day of Dhanteras.
Dhanteras has been celebrated as National Ayurveda Day since 2016 in India.