Sunday, October 26, 2008

Diwali Day 2: धनत्रयोदशी Dhanatryodashi

धनत्रयोदशी Dhanatryodashi (13th day of Ashwin) as the name suggests is the festival of wealth. It is considered auspicious to buy gold or any metal object on this day. Goddess Laxmi is worshipped in for of Sri Yantra.

Many parts of Maharashtra celebrate a ritual called Yamadeepdan in which womenfolk of the house light one lamp each for every living male member of the house to ensure his long life. People from the Ayurveda fraternity also celebrate this day to commemorate Dhanwantri, the divine physician.

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