Celebration of Dhanteras
Here are some interesting facts about Dhanteras. Rangolis, diyas.
1. Dhanteras
Dhanteras is an important part of Diwali celebrations. Dhanteras marks the first day of Diwali celebrations. Dhanteras is also called Dhanvantari Trayodashi. It falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October November). The word Dhan signifies money or wealth. On the day of Dhanteras, people worship the Goddess of Wealth (Goddess Lakshmi). Since Dhanteras is associated with the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, it is a very important celebration in the homes of the mercantile community. In India, houses and market places wear a festive look on the day of Dhanteras and market places are abuzz with people all around.
2. What is Dhanteras
Dhanteras indicates the beginning of Diwali celebrations. It is on this day on which people purchase precious metals with a belief that they will bring prosperity. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantryaodashi or Dhanwantri Triodasi.
3. What does Dhanteras mean
According to the lunar calendar, Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the Ashwin (October November) month. The word Dhanteras comes from the Sanskrit word Dhan which means wealth and Teras which means thirteen.
4. What is the significance of Dhanteras
This day is devoted to worship Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth according to Hindu mythology. People purchase gold, silver and other utensils on this day to welcome prosperity in their houses. They also purchase crackers, candles, diyas, lamps and most importantly clay idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi to perform Lakshmi Pooja. A girl born on this auspicious day is said to be very lucky, as it indicates the arrival of goddess Lakshmi into the house.
5. Why is Dhanteras celebrated
Dhanteras is mainly celebrated to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Everyone tries to make Goddess Lakshmi happy and for the same reason they also perform Lakshmi Pooja. People believe that it is very important for everyone to perform all the rituals correctly else Goddess Lakshmi wouldnt be coming to their respective houses and indeed there would not be any prosperity. The Hindu community celebrates Dhanteras festival very religiously.

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