Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Jayanti, is a Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the five-day Diwali festival. It usually falls on the 13th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin (typically in October or November).
Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day for purchasing and worshipping precious metals like gold and silver, as well as buying new utensils or items for the home. People also light lamps and diyas to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity to their homes. Many households perform Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras evening to seek the blessings of the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.
This festival has cultural and religious significance, and it is believed that celebrating Dhanteras helps bring wealth and prosperity into one’s life. It is also a time for family gatherings and festive celebrations as people prepare special dishes and exchange gifts.
Here are some Dhanatrayodashi Wishes in Marathi: