SunstarTV Bureau: While the whole India is embellished with lights to celebrate the first of five-day-long Diwali, Dhanteras stands prominent as the ‘National Ayurveda Day’.
Dhanteras, is the first day of the five day long Dilwai celebration, also known as Dhana Trayodashi. On this day, people believe that gold and silver help in protection from bad omen and all negative energies. It is considered extremely auspicious to buy precious metals, on Dhanteras.
Every year, this day falls right before Diwali on the 13th lunar day of the dark fortnight, or the Krishna Paksha, in the month of Ashwin, as per the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar.
People celebrate this day by devoting to Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi (the god and goddess of wealth). According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Kuber emerged out of the churning ocean made of milk, with a pot of gold.
On another account, along with Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber, God of Ayurveda- Dhanvantari is also worshiped. She is considered as the God of Ayurveda who imparts the wisdom of Ayurveda for the betterment of mankind and helps to get rid of all earthly the sufferings.
The Indian government has started observing the ‘National Ayurveda Day’ on Dhanteras from 2016.
This year the Trayodashi Tithi starts at 9.30 pm on November 12 and ends at 5.59 pm on November 13.