New Delhi, Oct 16: Dhanteras has great relevance and importance for crores of families in India and the festival is celebrated all across the country and abroad with religious fervour. Dhanteras can be broken in two words 'Dhan'and 'Tera'. Dhan means wealth and Tera mean thirteen. Dhanteras which marks the beginning of Diwali in India falls on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar.
On Dhanteras, scores of people all over India worship goddess Lakshmi who is the goddess of wealth as well and deity Kuber, who is god of wealth.
The meaning of Dhanteras is puja of wealth on 13th day (in the Krishna paksha, dark fortnight) of the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu lunar calendar. On Dhanteras, there is a custom of purchasing precious things and other utensils as purchasing is considered auspicious as according to some popular belief it brings home a lot of destiny and prosperity. When you purchase gold, silver,electronics, and other utensil on Dhanteras, then goddess Lakshmi is believed to shower households with more of this kind of wealth through out the year.
The Dhanteras puja is not only performed for goddess Lakshmi but also for Kube because it is believed that it double the benefit of prayers.
Therefore, we wish in advance to our reader a very happy and prosperous Dhanteras.