Dhanteras 2017 - October 17 (Tuesday)
Dhanteras is celebrated by Hindus all over India and across the world. It usually falls between October - November and marks the beginning of the five-day celebrations of Diwali. It takes place two days before Diwali to honor Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Vishnu. "Dhan" means wealth and "Teras" means 13th day. Dhanteras is observed on the 13th day of Krishna Paksh in the Kartik month of the Hindi calendar. This festival is also known as Yamadeep, Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi
On this day, we pray for good health and wealth for the family. Dhanteras is especially a very significant festival for the business community. People purchase machinery and metals like iron, gold, brass, silver and copper as it is believed that if you obtain “dhan” or wealth on this day, it will make the Goddess of Wealth – Lakshmi – happy and she will visit your home, which will bring prosperity and wealth for the rest of the year.
Houses are cleaned thoroughly and decorated to look beautiful and welcoming. People make Rangoli and light clay lamps to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. There is a Puja ceremony held, according to an auspicious time, prayers are offered. Lakshmi and Ganesh idols are bought for the main “Puja” on Diwali day. While buying the idols it's kept in mind that the trunk of Ganeshji is turned towards the right as it is considered more auspicious.
When is Dhanteras 2017?
Dhanteras is the first Day in the 5 days line-up of
festivities and celebrations. This year Dhanteras 2017 will be celebrated on October 17 (Tuesday) .
Dhanteras is always celebrated 2 days before Diwali.