Hinduism is the very common religion in India. It covers a wide range of traditions and includes a large number of festivities. One of the very popular festivities is Dhanteras.
It is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in India. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calender. Diwali starts after Dhanteras. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. It is celebrated for two days and is an important part of Diwali celebrations. It is believed to bring in riches, good luck, light and prosperity in everybody’s life.
Lakshmi-Puja is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. According to spiritual belief Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and Prosperity.
People also purchase of precious metals like gold and silver on this day as a sign of good luck and decorate the entrances of homes and offices by making colorful Rangoli designs and diyas are also kept burning throughout the night to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Dhanteras is of great importance to the business community. The owl which is thought as the source of transportation is also worshiped. People also offer sweets to Goddess Laxmi.
Preparation begins a long time ago. It is said that Goddess Laxmi does not reside long with anyone who is lazy and untidy or desire her only as wealth. That is why before the Lakshmi Pooja, people actively clean their home and worship her with immense devotion. Laxmi Pooja begins in the presence of entire family. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi in honour of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu.