The meaning of Dhanteras is wealth, at this day people make pray to the Goddess Lakshmi to get prosperous life and well being. They worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha together.This is the Hindu festival which is seen as the lucky day to purchase new things, especially gold.
On Dhanteras, goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to gain prosperity and well being. It holds great significance mostly in the business community,Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day festival.
Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight. However, the meaning of this festival is hidden in its name itself. ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘Tera’ signifies the thirteenth day.On Dhanteras, Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new ‘Dhan’ or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck.
‘Lakshmi Puja’ is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas (earthen lamps) are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Also, Kubera, the god of assets and wealth is worshipped on this day
Hindu people celebrate Dhanteras with the big passion and enthusiasm. They do Lakshmi Puja by offering her ghee Diyas, Bhajans, devotional songs, Naivedya of traditional sweets, roli and arti. People take bath early in the morning, even some people keep fast for full day. They break their fast after sunset with the puja of Goddess Lakshmi, and then they eat delicious sweetmeats, kheer, puri and sabji. Many people inaugurate their new business premises, launch new projects, buy car, jewelleries, saree, and many more things on this auspicious day.
Dhanteras comes every year with the lots of happiness and brings new hopes in our life. The word ‘Diwali’ means rows of lights which bring real light in the life of every people. It is a wonderful time for family gatherings, puja, celebration, sharing gifts and have dinner together. People in Benares purchase brass vessel as a gift for giving a gorgeous look to their dining table. Brass Kalash, Omkara Idol, Idol of Lakshmi and Ganesha, sweet hamper, ready-made rangoli, foot prints of Lakshmi, door hangings and etc are other things to purchase.
Dhanteras is also known as ‘Dhantrayodashi,’ and takes place two days before Diwali, in honour of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu.