The festival of Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day long Diwali celebrations all over India. Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodashi, is one of the most important Hindu religious festivals celebrated in India. ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘teras’ means the thirteenth day of the moon cycle. It falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Karthik Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Karthik. Dhanteras is also known as 'Dhantrayodashi' and 'Dhanvantari Trayodashi'.
Dhanteras is marked with the performance of 'Lakshmi Puja' in the evenings. People sing devotional songs in praise of goddess Lakshmi. They light up tiny diyas to drive all evil spirits away. On the night of Dhanteras, people light the lamps for entire length of the night. Traditional sweets are cooked and offered to the goddess.
Benefit of Dhanteras Puja
This puja brings wealth, health and prosperity.
Remove all type of Dosha and improve longevity.
This puja is to promote financial prosperity and stability.
It is recommended for overall materialistic and spiritual development.