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'Dhanteras' is a famous festival of Hindus. It is celebrated by the Hindus all over India and across the world. Dhanteras is celebrated on the 13th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Karthik according to Hindu calendar. It generally falls in the month of October-November each year.


What is Dhanteras?

It is the first day celebration of the five days long Diwali festival celebrations throughout the India as well as outside the country. The meaning of Dhanteras is puja of wealth at 13th day (in the Krishna paksha,) of the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Goddess Lakshmi puja is held at this day and there is a custom of purchasing precious things and bring it at home in the myth of Lakshmi came at home. It brings home luck and prosperity.


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How Dhanteras is celebrated?

1. At this great occasion people generally repair their home, white washing, thorough cleaning, decorate house interiorly and exteriorly, make Rangolis, light clay diyas and many more traditions to follow.

2. After sunset, people, prosperity, wisdom worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.

3.  For worship rose or marigold garland, sweets, ghee diyas, dhoop deep, agarbatti, camphor is use.

4. Silver articles are bought for the house and Iron, Copper or Brass utensils are bought for the kitchen on this day.


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Importance of Dhanteras:

Bringing new things at home is considered as very auspicious affair at the Dhanteras. People perform Lakshmi puja during the masterly muhurta according to the calendar. At some places seven cereals (wheat, gram, barley, Urad, Moong, and Masoor) are worshipped while performing puja. Golden flower and sweets are relevant during puja to the Mata Lakshmi.

This festival plays a great role in the life of every people. It brings a lot joy wealth, prosperity, wisdom and good luck for all. People clean up everything at this day in order to remove all the bad energy and Laziness from their surroundings. People take bath and wear new clothes in order to clean up their body, mind and soul before performing puja.

Dhanteras is also known as Yamadeep. It is also known as Dhanvantari Jayanti.

On the day of Dhantrayodashi Goddess Lakshmi came out from the ocean of milk during the churning of the Sea. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kuber is worshiped on the day of Trayodashi.


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