30 November 1982 : The year of Thriller

Thirty-Eight years ago, Michael Jackson released an album that cemented his status as the world’s biggest pop star.

“Thriller,” released on November 30, 1982, went on to become the world’s best-selling music album in history. Featuring hits like the title track as well as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean,” has sold over 33 million copies, and counting, in the United States alone, according to recent numbers from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Despite his global success and massive earning power, Jackson was adamant about not getting complacent with his career. For that reason, the singer said he refused to display his numerous awards (13 Grammy Awards, for example) in his home. He didn’t want to sap his work ethic.

“I try not to think about it too hard,” Jackson talked about his success in a 2005 interview. “I don’t want my subconscious mind to think that I’ve done it all: ‘You’re done now.’ No. That’s why I don’t put awards or trophies in my house. You won’t find a gold record anywhere in my house, because it makes you feel you’ve accomplished everything. But, I always wanna feel, ’No, I haven’t done it yet.

Significance of Dhanteras (धनतेरस)

Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali or deepavali Festival as celebrated in India. The festival is basically known as “Dhanatrayodashi” where the word Dhana means wealth and Trayodashi means 13th day of the month as per Hindu calendar. On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck.

Hindus also worship Lord Kuber as the treasurer of wealth and bestower of riches, along with Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras. This custom of worshiping Lakshmi and Kuber together is in prospect of doubling the benefits of such prayers.

Lighting diyas on Dhanteras

This day is also known as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”. Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the Gods (Devas), and the God of Ayurveda. People  pray to Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health for themselves and/or others, especially on Dhanteras. Dhanvantari emerged from the Ocean of Milk and appeared with the pot of nectar during the story of the Samudra as stated in Bhagavata Purana.  It is also believed that Dhanvantari promulgated the practise of Ayurveda.