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Dhanteras, also known as 'Dhanatrayodash' is a festival celebrated by Hindus. 

Dhanteras, also known as 'Dhanatrayodash' is a festival celebrated by Hindus. 

On this day, people purchase utensils and jewellery to bring good luck. The word is derived from 'Dhan' meaning wealth and 'Teras' which means thirteen. The day falls on the thirteen lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of the calendar, every year.

The day usually falls 1-2 days before Diwali. This year, the festival will be celebrated on the 25th of October, which is Friday and one day before the festival of lights.

Just like many Indian festivals, this day is too linked to famous Hindu mythological stories. There's an interesting story behind Dhanteras, for which people worship Lord Yamaraja on this day.

As per one of the popular stories, it is believed that the horoscope of a king's son predicted that he will die on the fourth day of marriage after getting bitten by a snake.

On the 4th day of his marriage, his wife decided to turn the fate around. She made sure her husband didn't sleep, as she narrated stories to keep him awake.

To lure the snake away, she laid out all the ornaments and coins at the entrance in a heap. It is believed when the God of Death came in disguise of a snake, he was blinded by all the dazzling jewellery and coins.

This way the serpent couldn't enter the prince's chamber and also got hooked to the wife's stories and songs. It is believed that he silently left the place in the morning and bared the life of the prince.

Another interesting story which is very popular is the one featuring Lord Dhanvantari, who is the physician of the Gods and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who came out of an ocean that is believed to be churned by the Gods and demons on the day of Dhanteras.
Since then Dhanteras is known as one of the most auspicious days and one of the biggest festivals for Hindus. People also worship Lord Yamaraja, the God of Death in the night and offer prayers to seek blessings.
Just before Diwali people clean their houses, decorate with lights and diyas to keep the evil forces and negative energy away.
Celebrate this festival, by sending your loved ones these meaningful quotes, which reflect the essence of Dhanteras 2019:
- On this auspicious occasion of Dhanteras, may there be abundant shower of wealth in your life and may the light of success covers your life beautifully. Happy Dhanteras!
-May this Dhanteras Light up new dreams, fresh hopes, undiscovered avenues, and different perspectives, everything bright & beautiful and fill your days with pleasant surprises and moments. Happy Dhanteras to you and your family.
Adorn our lives else trite - With sparklers that motley skies - As soaring spirits of powder wander - Let us thank the heavenly might in this festive season of lights.
- Dhanteras is the birth anniversary of God of Ayurveda. On this day, a lamp for God of death is lit outside the home so that any untimely death of family members can be avoided.
We wish you a Happy and Prosperous Dhantrayodashi/Dhanteras.