The 5th of November marks the auspicious day of Dhanteras. Celebrated two days before the actual day of Diwali, Dhanteras is a day of spending ‘Dhan’ – money. It is said that buying certain auspicious things on this day can bring you prosperity. Here is a list of what to buy and what not to buy:
What To Buy
- Utensils made up only of silver and/or brass. Keep them in East direction in your house.
- Brooms signify you are sweeping out negativity, poverty and misery out of your house.
- Electronics such as laptops, phones, refrigerators, ovens, etc. Keep them in North-East direction in your house.
- Any item related to your profession. Keep them at the alter during puja, especially during Laxmi puja.
- Gold coins; they bring in prosperity.
- Lightings; they bring in light, clarity, happiness, etc.
- Books; they bring in knowledge, wisdom and prosperity.
- Gomit Chakras; said to be bought in a set of 11. They are known to fight off evil from your home and family.
- Coriander leaves and/or seeds are known to be very auspicious.
- Cosmetics for women.
What Not To Buy
- Mirrors; they are said to be directly related to Rahu (one of the nine major astronomical bodies – navagrahas – known to cause ill-effects).
- Sharp items such as knives, scissors, forks, etc.
- Aluminium utensils or any other products.
- Anything of black colour; this colour is considered inauspicious on auspicious days.
- Oil, ghee, etc.
- Imitation jewellery.