The Legend Behind The Holy Festival Of Dhanteras
Diwali, also known as Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated by millions of devotees worldwide. It is the Hindu festival of lights that comes once a year and is eagerly awaited by everyone. Here are some great facts about the festival of Diwali.
The Legend Behind Dhanteras
1. Once upon a time, Maa Lakshmi wanted to visit earth and she requested Lord Vishnu to allow her. Lord Vishnu told Lakshmi to not be attracted to any earthly distractions and that she would not look towards the southern direction.
2. When Maa Lakshmi descended on earth she could not resist the urge to look towards the southern direction. As she did so, she could now see mustard flowers and sugarcane fields. She started to play with the mustard flowers and drank the sweet juice of sugarcane.
3. Lord Vishnu came to know that Lakshmi had broken her pledge and was quite upset. He commanded her to spend 12 years working the fields of a poor farmer on earth. Maa Lakshmi obeyed this and she worked on the farmer’s farm.
4. With the help and blessings of Maa Lakshmi, the farmer became quite wealthy and prosperous within a short amount of time. When the 12 years ended, Lakshmi Mata, who was in the guise of a poor farmer girl, wanted to go back home.
5. The farmer refused to let her go as he was greatly benefitting from her efforts. Then Maa Lakshmi revealed her true identity to the farmer and told him that she must return to Vaikuntham. But as she left, she promised that she would return to his home every year during Krishna Trayodashi of the Karthik Maas.
6. Since then, the farmer thoroughly cleaned his house before Diwali every year as he eagerly awaited the arrival of Maa Lakshmi. As he did so, Maa Lakshmi blessed him with abundant wealth and great happiness each year. Since then, devotees everywhere started to greet Maa Lakshmi at their homes on Karthik Krishna Trayodashi and she continued to bless them with great riches. Thus the festival of Dhanteras is quite an auspicious celebration, till this day.