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Mumbai, November 13: Dhanteras has a tradition of buying expensive metals like gold, silver as well as brass utensils and brooms. Actually, Dhanteras is a festival of happiness, prosperity and health. On this day Dhanvantari, the god of health, had descended. Cleanliness is necessary to stay healthy and it is said that where there is cleanliness, Lakshmi resides. Hence it is believed that Lakshmi comes to the house by buying a broom on Dhanteras. Dhanteras festival is being celebrated across the country today (Friday). In the auspicious time of Dhanteras, preparations have already been made for the purchase of gold and silver in the bullion market across the country and jewelery vendors are giving attractive gifts to the customers on the occasion. Sahityaacharya Pandit Dinesh Kumar Mishra explains that during the churning of the ocean, Dhanvantari, the god of health, had descended on this Kartik Krishna’s Trayodashi with nectar kalash.
Pandit Dinesh Kumar Mishra says that Lord Dhanvantari had descended with the nectar-kalash, so people buy brass utensils as a symbol of the urn and the nectar contains medicines that provide healing. He said that there is also a tradition of buying coriander seeds on Dhanteras as it has medicinal properties. On this day, Lakshmi is also worshiped.
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Pandit Mishra says that the festival of Dhanteras comes before Diwali and usually before Diwali people clean the houses for which a broom is required, hence the tradition of buying a broom on this day. At the same time, the kalash is installed on the day of Diwali and new utensils are needed, so people buy utensils on Dhanteras. Dhanteras has been celebrated as National Ayurveda Day in India since 2016.