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Dhanteras symbols the first day of five days long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also recognized as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word Dhanteras, Dhan stands for prosperity. On Dhanteras Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to offer prosperity and well being.

Dhanteras Legends:

A very attractive story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the sixteen year old son of King Hima. He was doomed to die by a snake bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On that exacting fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not permit him to sleep. When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those luminous lights and he could not enter the Prince chamber. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. As then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of Yamadeepdaan and lamps are kept burning during the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of Death.

According to another admired Dhanteras legend, when the gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit or nectar, Dhanavantri (the physician of the gods and and personification of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.

Dhanteras Preparations:

To mark the auspicious day of Dhanteras, houses and trade premises are renovated and ornamented. Entrances are made colorful with lovely conventional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.

Dhanteras Traditions:

On Dhanteras Hindus believe it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is thought that new Dhan or some form of valuable metal is a sign of superior luck. Laxmi Puja is performed in the evenings when small Diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.

Dhanteras Celebrations:

Dhanteras is celebrated with enjoyment and keenness. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.