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Happy Dipawali (Festival of light)

We are in the final stages of cleaning our house of the grime and the negative energy, the diyas (small oil lights) have been purchased and the markets are full of idols of Lakshmi and Ganesha.

We are all set for Diwali! Diwali is the five-day festival that kickstarts today that starts with a day called Dhanteras. Dhanteras is an amalgamation of Sanskrit words dhan, meaning wealth, and teras, meaning 13th day of the Hindu calendar. Dhanteras is marked by praying to goddess Lakshmi and the purchase of objects made of metal.

Depending on their budget, people who celebrate Diwali use the occasion to buy jewellery, coins of gold or silver or household items made of iron, copper or brass. Some even go ahead and buy simple utensils, but the main emphasis is placed on buying something made of metal.

The logic behind buying that something made of metal is that it is considered the harbinger of good luck and is supposed to keep away negative energy. Hindu people believe the day has its origins in a legend according to which the God of Death, Yama was enticed by the sight of gold.

It is said King Hima had a 16 year-old son whose death had been predicted to be on the fourth day of his marriage, by snake bite. However, as the new bride got to know about it, she placed a heap of her ornaments on the entrance of the room and kept her husband awake throughout the night by singing and narrating stories.

When Lord Yama visited King Hima’s son in the guise of a snake, in order to bite him, he was blinded upon seeing the dazzling metal, and instead sat on the pile listening to the new daughter-in-law’s tales.

Since Yama missed the time set for the boy’s death, he slinked away in peace and the prince was saved leading to the celebration of Dhanteras.

So don’t forget to welcome good luck in our life and house by buying some metal and light tons of diyas to ward off any evil spirits from your life…..