The festival of Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi and Dhanvantari Trayodashi (Dhanwantari Trayodashi). This festival marks the beginning of the Diwali celebrations and it is considered the first day of five days long festivities of Diwali. The term ‘Dhanteras’ includes of two factors ‘dhan’, which means wealth and ‘teras’, which means thirteenth. Here thirteenth is meant to indicate the day ‘Trayodashi’, i.e. the thirteenth day of the month on which Dhanteras falls. Dhanvantari Trayodashi (Dhanwantari Trayodashi) is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha, of the Hindu month of Kartik, which is two days before Diwali.
It is a believed that Goddess Lakshmi only enters a clean house. Throw the useless old things in your home as they obstruct the positive energy from entering in. Dispose of all those old magazines, clothes, broken furniture, crockery or children’s toys that are never going to be used. Make your home neat and clean this Diwali. It will pave the way for prosperity and dissipate stagnant energy too. Diwali is the time to de-clutter.
Clean It Up:
Clean the entire house, including those neglected corners, which are seldom attended to. If possible energize your apartment or building by either whitewashing or applying a fresh coat of paint, as the final step towards giving your home a brand new look.
Spray Salt Water:
Mix rock sea salt with water and spray this saline solution at all corners of the house. According to Vastu Shastra, salt has a property to absorb all evil energies within the house. Add a pinch of energy salt or ‘Sendha Namak’ while mopping the floor to ward off negativity. Place rock salt (filled in glass bowl) in all the four corners of your home or office.
The reason why ‘light’ is an important feature of Diwali is that it is supposed to ward off evil spirits, bring in prosperity and energize the surroundings. It is also believed that homes that are well-lit are always more in tune with attracting wealth, so make sure that your home is shining nice and bright this Diwali. For decoration, using specific colored lighting bulbs for different directions are as follows:
North: Put extra blue, yellow and green colored light bulbs for decorating the house.
East: Use more of red, orange and yellow light bulbs.
South: Decorate with white, indigo, violet and red colored light bulbs.
West: Add more yellow, orange, pink and gray light bulbs.
A blue rose is a flower of the genus Rosa (family Rosaceae) that presents blue-to-violet pigmentation instead of the more common red, white, or yellow. Blue roses are often portrayed in literature and art as a symbol of love and prosperity to those who seek it, but do not exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations. White roses have been dyed blue. In 2004, researchers used genetic modification to create roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin.
In some cultures, blue roses are traditionally associated with royal blood, and thus the blue rose can also denote regal majesty and splendor. In Chinese folklore, the blue rose signifies hope against unattainable love.
Due to the absence in nature of blue roses they have come to symbolise mystery and longing to attain the impossible, with some cultures going so far as to say that the holder of a blue rose will have his wishes granted.
Nataraja- The image of a cosmic dancer Shiva is to be found in the house of almost every classical dancer. But there are two sides of the same coin. Nataraja symbolises this tremendous art form, at the same time it symbolises destruction. It is so because the dance form is actually ‘tandava nritya’, meaning dance for destruction. So an image or show piece of nataraja is one of things that should not be there in your home.
The Vital Form & Symbolism:
In a marvelously unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life, Nataraj is shown with four hands represent the cardinal directions. He is dancing, with his left foot elegantly raised and the right foot on a prostrate figure — ‘Apasmara Purusha’, the personification of illusion and ignorance over whom Shiva triumphs. The upper left hand holds a flame, the lower left hand points down to the dwarf, who is shown holding a cobra. The upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or ‘dumroo’ that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion: “Be without fear.”
Snakes that stand for egotism, are seen uncoiling from his arms, legs, and hair, which is braided and bejeweled. His matted locks are whirling as he dances within an arch of flames representing the endless cycle of birth and death. On his head is a skull, which symbolizes his conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, the epitome of the holy river Ganges, also sits on his hairdo. His third eye is symbolic of his omniscience, insight, and enlightenment. The whole idol rests on a lotus pedestal, the symbol of the creative forces of the universe.