The festival to herald prosperity and healthy life- Dhana Throyadasi or Dhantheras or Dhanvanthari Jayanthi (27-10-2016)
Tomorrow is the festival of Dhantheras ..It is also called Dhana Throyadasi and Dhanvanthari Tryodasi(Jayanthi) .People make it a point to buy gold or silver or vessels on this day . Some people worship God Dhanvanthari for health, some people worship Dhanadha lakshmi and some others Goddess Lakshmi with Khubera,
Stories about Dhantheras
1,Story of Goddess Lakshmi and the farmer
Once Lord Vishnu along with Goddess Lakshmi went to the world of dead for doing good to their devotees.Lord Vishnu went to southern portion forbidding Goddess Lakshmi to follow him but in spite of that she did. She saw very rich farms all over the way. In one place she saw a sugarcane garden and plucked a cane and ate it .God Vishnu came back and cursed her that she should work with that owner of the farm foe 12 years. He then went to churn the milky ocean. Twelve years later Dhanvanthari arose from the ocean carrying Nectar(Amruth) .It was a Tryodasi day and that day is celebrated as DHanvanthari Jayanthi .When Vishnu returned back to the form where Goddess Lakshmi was working , that owner refused to send her back . He was asked to bathe in Ganges river and when he did that Goddess Ganges rose up and told the farmer to let Goddess Lakshmi go. When he returned and agreed to sent back the Goddess , She asked him to buy, gold etc and worship her on that day so that he would always be prosperous..Not only he did it but later he advised others to do it and all people became prosperous.
2. Story of son of king Hima(from Wikipedia)
.King Hima had a 16 year old son His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place. Then she narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband from falling asleep. The next day, when Yama the god of Death arrived at the prince's doorstep in the guise of a Serpent , his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewellery . Yama could not enter the Prince's chamber, so he climbed on top of the heap of gold coins and sat there the entire night listening to the stories and songs. In the morning, he silently went away. Thus, the young prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his new bride, and the day came to be celebrated as Dhanteras. The following day came to be called Naraka Chaturdashi ('Naraka' means hell and Chaturdashi means 14th). It is also known as ‘Yamadeepdaan’ as the ladies of the house light earthen lamps or ‘deep’ and these are kept burning throughout the night glorifying Yama, the God of Death. Since this is the night before Diwali, it is also called 'Chhoti Diwali' or Minor Diwali
Procedure for Lighting Yama’s lamp on Dhantheras day
On that day , you have to light a lamp for Yama –the god of death , outside our house and see to it , that it is not put out, At the time of Lighting the lamp you have to chant the following Sloka:-
Mruthyunaa pasa hasthena, Kaalena bharyayaa saha,
Trayodhasyaam dheepdhanaa sooryaj priyathamiva
The God of death with rope holding hand
Tried to snatch away him along with his wife,
And by lighting lamp on THryodasi ,
The son of Sun god (Yama) would get pleased.
The detailed procedure for Pooja is given in English inhttp://www.ekunji.com/learn/puja-vidhi-learn/dhanteras-puja-vidhi
Those of you who are interested can do that .
But those for whom this is not a custom can
1.Amrutha Sanjeevana Dhanwantri stotram - http://stotrarathna.blogspot.in/2013/02/amrutha-sanjeevana-dhanvanthri-stotram.html
2.Yamashtakam - http://stotrarathna.blogspot.in/2013/03/yamashtakam.html
3. Dhanadha Lakshmi Kavacham http://stotrarathna.blogspot.in/2015/08/dhanadha-devi-kavacha-armour-of-goddess.html
4,Dhana Lakshmi stotram - http://stotrarathna.blogspot.in/2009/11/dhana-lakshmi-stotram.html
Chanting all these would help you lead a prosperous healthy life.