Guwahati: A large number of people thronged into the jewellery shops across Agartala to buy precious metals during Dhanteras on Monday.
Dhanteras is considered by Hindus as an extremely auspicious day to make new purchases, especially gold or silver articles and new utensils. It is believed that new "Dhan" (wealth) or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. In modern times, Dhanteras has come to be known as the most auspicious occasion for buying gold, silver and other metals especially kitchenware. The day also sees heavy purchases of appliances and automobiles
Dipali Roy, a customer who had to wait for more than an hour to get her purchase said, “Dhanteras is considered as one of the most auspicious gold-buying days in the year, and so people continued the tradition and moreover, they did not want to leave the chance of flat discount overall jewellery during this festival time.”
Meanwhile, Arpita Saha, owner of one of the oldest renowned jewellery house in the region expressed satisfaction over the increase in the sales on Monday.
Dhanteras is celebrated as the first day of the Hindu festival Diwali. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, that symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
On Dhanteras, people offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Dhanteras, literally means ‘dhan‘or wealth, ‘teras‘, the 13th day of the moon cycle.
It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Vikram Sambat Hindu calendar month of Aaswayuja in the Amaavasyanta Luni-Solar Calendar.
On Dhanteras, people clean and whitewashed their homes. Lord Dhanvantari, the god of health and Ayurveda, is worshipped in the evening. The main entrance is decorated with colourful lanterns, lights and traditional motifs of Rangoli designs are made to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. On the night of Dhanteras, diyas (earthen lamps) are ritually kept burning all through the nights in honour of Lakshmi and Dhanvantari.
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