Dhanteras celebrates the victory of the bride of the 16-year-old son of king Hima over death who it had been predicted would die of snakebite on the night. Yamaraja who assumed the form of a serpent was so dazzled by the lights and the piles of gold that gleamed in the palace that he stopped on the pile as the young bride narrated story after story to her husband so he would not fall asleep.
When the time of taking the young prince's soul passed, Lord Yamaraja quietly slipped away as the sun rose. The bride defeated death on this day!
May Mother Lakshmi, the ruling deity of this auspicious day, shower her devotees with love, happiness and abundance! Wish one and all a very Happy Dhanteras!