Dhan Teras or Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival. The word ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘Teras’ means 13th day as per Hindu calender. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.
On this day Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and Prosperity is worshipped. The Lakshmi Pujan on the Dhantras day hold special significance for the business community. Many 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.
On Dhanteras, the “Owl” form of Goddess Lakshmi (Uluka Lakshmi) is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being.
In South India, Yama Deepam or Yama Deep Dan ritual is performed wherein mothers and wives make one ‘divas’ each for all living male in the family. This diva made from the kneaded flour is lit and offered to Lord Yama – the Hindu mythological God of Death, in the evening. This diva is kept outside the house or in a nearby temple. This is supposed to eradicate all our “papams” and “fear of death”.
Dhanteras 2016 Date :
In 2016, Dhan Teras will be celebrated on 28th October 2016.
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