India has been grabbing the world’s attention for ages, not just for its breathtaking nature, but also for its rich cultural heritage. The 7th largest country in the world, India, is a land where a dozen festivals and other customs are followed. Amongst all these festivals, one of the most popular and widely celebrated is Diwali. This festival was first celebrated to welcome the legendary king ‘Rama’, by the inhabitants of kingdom ‘Ayodhya’, after the man’s return after a 14 year exile. This festival, which falls in the last quarter of each year, is celebrated by offering prayers to ‘Lakshmi’, the goddess of wealth, lighting lamps to illuminate the house, exchanging gifts, compliments & compliments, and bursting crackers.
Diwali is usually celebrated over a period of 3 days. In certain places of India, it is even celebrated over a period of five days. The first day of Diwali is usually celebrated as ‘Dhanteras’.The word ‘Dhan’ literally translates to wealth or money, ‘Teras’ denotes the 13th day of the month. The significance of this day is that the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is worshipped. Colorful designs or ‘Rangoli’, are usually drawn in the entrances and pathways of houses during this day. It is believed that making such designs, which also includes footprints of the goddess, would actually please the deity and she would visit the homes of such people, which would eventually lead to happiness, peace, and prosperity. The happiest people in India during the time of Dhanteras are the goldsmiths and jewelers. People flock the nearest jewelry stores to buy gold and silver articles during this period, as it is believed to bring in a lot of positivity into their lives.
One of the best ways to celebrate the occasion of ‘Dhanteras’, is to buy coins made of gold from your nearest jeweler, and gift it to your family, friends, or well-wishers. Coins with figures of gods and goddesses, such as ‘Lakshmi’ or ‘Ganesha’ inscribed on them, are considered to be really auspicious. These coins can either be placed in the ‘Puja’ or prayer room, or even lockers and safes. It is believed that doing this would lead to increase in wealth and bring prosperity into the family.
Golden Lakshmi Idol
Since ‘Dhanteras’ is mainly associated with Goddess Lakshmi, unarguably the best gift which you could give to anyone is an idol of goddess ‘Lakshmi’, preferably one made up of gold. According to tradition, a puja or a prayer has to be performed on the Lakshmi idol, and then it can be placed in the desired location of the house or even an office. However, if budget is a big constraint you can even opt for one made up of silver
Other than wedding anniversary and New Year, the next best time to buy Jewelry is during the period of Diwali, especially ‘Dhanteras’. Any form of gold you acquire at this time is believed to bring in a lot of luck. Hence, buying something which could be used on a daily basis such as golden necklaces, or anklets would be really useful and also turn fortunes in your favor.
Golden/silver bowls or ‘Kalash’
This is another alternative which can be thought about during the auspicious occasion of Diwali. This article is also perfectly suitable for the Puja room. The ‘Kalash’ is an important prop which is used during a prayer or any holy ritual. However silver or brass bowls are also very commonly used. If you want to purchase gold as a way to impress the guests or visitors coming to your home, you can purchase gold/silver bowls.
Gold plated Aarti
Aarti is the signature style to end any prayer or Puja. This is a custom which has been followed for many centuries now. Pujas or prayers are not restricted to just a one off occasion, and are usually done on a daily basis. Hence gifting your folks something like an ‘Aarti’, which is gold plated, is going to fetch you a lot of admiration.
Even if you have second thoughts about buying something as expensive as Gold, giving it a try keeping these theories in mind is totally worth it. At least try doing it this year, and make a difference to your Diwali celebrations.