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Jamshedpur : Steel City all set for Dhanteras shopping bonanza. A stroll across some of Jamshedpur busy shopping streets can reveal the magnanimity of the festival mood. It’s Diwali, the festival of lights and preceeding which is Dhan Teras, an important episode of the festival of lights. The city is all set to celebrate dhanteras tomorrow.
Like most other Indian festivals, Diwali (better known as Deepawali in this part of the nation) too is celebration of victory of good over evil. And unlike its earlier editions, this year, there are many takers for both Dhan Teras and Diwali celebrations obviously for the reason that the number of Hindi speaking community has gone up substantially in the city.
Usually, it is the jewellers who cash in on the gold rush. However, this year the electronics goods dealers are also making merry as products like LEDs, music systems and iPhones in demand.
Most places have been brightly lit up well in advance with a view to celebrate the occasion in an elaborate manner. Food joints and sweet shops have been specially illuminated with lights and festoons while the retail stores selling garments and other such lifestyle accessories have surfaced with special offers and attractive price discounts on every purchase.
And interestingly, the trend of Diwali shopping has caught up with denizens too it seems as with each year passing, there is a significant rise in the number of shoppers during this festival time.
Kuldip Sons Jewellers, a leading and most desirable jewellery house in Jharkhand with two branches in Ranchi and one in Jamshedpur, has announced Dhanteras Utsav providing consumers a chance to experience the pure joy of exquisite precious jewellery and watches.
Samsung Digital Plaza has also launched several schemes and offers for the customers to benefit from. Under the lucky draw scheme the buyers will get a coupon on every purchase from the plaza and in the lucky draw the buyers can win a bumper prize of Volkswagen car.
An interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the sixteen year old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope.
On that particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs.
When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the Prince’s chamber.
So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away.
Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan” and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yama, the god of Death.