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Dhanteras

Dhanteras / धनतेरस

Dhanteras / धनतेरस

Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in parts of north India. The festival, also known as Dhanvantari Triodasi” or “Dhantrayodashi“, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin (October/November).

You will find everyone asking the rate of gold today as they want to buy gold coin or gold jewellery as a shagun on dhanteras. Bookings for gold jewelry and coins have picked up in the city with the Pushya Nakshatra and Dhanteras festivals round the corner.

Dhanteras (धनतेरस/ धनत्रयोदशी) in 2014 will be observed on Tuesday, 21st October. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calendar.

Dhanteras (धनतेरस), also known as ‘Dhanatrayodashi’, is an auspicious day celebrated just two days before the Diwali. Like Diwali is known as ‘Festival of lights’, Dhanteras (धनतेरस) is known as ‘Festival of Wealth’. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi comes down on earth and stays here for next five days. Dhanteras (धनतेरस) is primarily celebrated in India, however, Hindus outside India too observe this festival with equal fun and excitement.

Dhanteras (धनतेरस) also marks the beginning of Diwali festivities and celebrations. The most common ritual followed by people for this day is purchasing precious metals like silver & gold or steel / copper/ brass utensils. Some people buy other household appliances like TV, refrigerator, washing machine and small kitchen appliances.

Dhanteras is celebrated with much fanfare across the state and of late it has become a festival of splurge, with shoppers willing to spend on anything, from jewellery to utensils, cars and furniture. After Sagar Manthan between Devtaas and Asura came Dhanvantri Vaid discover of the seafaring by a Amrutha Kalash. It is, therefore, is Dhanteras is also famous as Dhanvantri Jayanti. Buying gold on Pushya Nakshatra and Dhanteras, on October 18 and 21, is considered auspicious. This year Dhanteras is on October 21, 2014.

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