Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in India hold a great significance and traditional values at once. Just two days before Diwali, there comes another festival holding auspiciousness- Dhanteras. It is a day when people celebrate wealth and worship goddess Laksmi for providing prosperity and well-being in the family. The word dhanteras came from the Devanagari where ‘dhan’ means wealth and ‘teras’ is the thirteenth day of Ashwin month. Hindu mythology has a lot to offer when it comes to the Puja in order to keep odds in favor. Dhanteras puja is also known as Dhnawantari Triodasi, Dhanvantri Jayanti Puja, Yamadeep, and Dhantroyadashi.
On this day, Dhan-Lakshmi is welcomed in the house by lighting diyas and making sweets. Aartis and hymns are sung eulogizing the goddess and variety of fruits are offered to her. India is a country of great cultural insight which makes it even more attractive. Besides, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kuber is also worshiped. Lord kuber is the treasurer of wealth and riches according to the beliefs. On this very occasion, Lakshmi footprints are either drawn by Rangoli or painted which is marked as the arrival of the goddess in the house. There is a custom of purchasing precious things and there is a belief that it brings destiny and prosperity in abundance. You can either buy silver coins, jewelry articles, new utensils or anything. In the villages, people decorate their cattles and worship them as a regard for their major source of income.
Right after the sunset, the god and goddess of wisdom and wealth are offered roses and marigold garland flowers, sweets, diyas, dhoop and camphor. The seven cereals (wheat, gram, barley, urad, moong and masoor) are also worshiped. People wear new clothes and dress up with gorgeous jewelry. Some families spent time together by playing card games. It is a festival of togetherness, wisdom, wealth, health and prosperity.