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. “Laxmi Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Laxmi, are also sung. Wish you very benevolent Dhanteras!
Dhanteras is the first day of the 5 day Diwali Festival as celebrated in parts of north India. The festival, known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. May you have an auspicious start to the Diwali festivities with Dhanteras!