Dhanteras is the first day of celebration of the five-day long festival of Diwali. On Dhanteras, Lakshmi - the Goddess of wealth, is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word 'Dhan' literally means wealth and 'Tera' comes from the date 13th. The festival of Dhanteras falls in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight.
On Dhanteras day, the lamp is lit and Dhan-Lakshmi is welcomed into the house. Alpana or Rangoli designs are drawn on pathways including the goddess' footprints to mark the arrival of Lakshmi. Aartis or devotional hymns are sung praising Goddess Lakshmi and sweets and fruits are offered to her.
Lord Kuber,the treasurer of wealth and bestower of riches, is also worshiped along with Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras. This custom of worshiping Lakshmi and Kuber together is in prospect of doubling the benefits of such prayers. Many wear new clothes and wear jewelry as they light the first lamp of Diwali. This auspicious day holds special significance for the business community.
The rituals of this Puja include:
Pradhan Devta Puja
Prasad Vitran etc.
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