Dhanteras is the day which marks the beginning of Diwali. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. ‘Dhan' literally means wealth and ‘tera' means thirteenth. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in all Hindu households. On the auspicious day of Dhanteras, Hindus are supposed to buy any new utensil or gold or silver. It is said that if one buys any of these on the day of Dhanteras then Goddess Lakshmi showers them with more of these things. The Hindu God of wealth, Kuber is also worshipped on the day of Dhanteras. It is a custom among many communities to worship Lakshmi and Kuber together to double the benefits of prayers.
On the day of Dhanteras, people flock in large numbers to buy gold, silver, utensils etc. The preparations of Diwali also start from this day. People start buying crackers, diyas, candles, clothes etc. So, do you know why Dhanteras came to be celebrated and why is it an important Hindu festival? Read on to know the legend associated with Dhanteras and also its significance.
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