Today is Dhanteras

Devotees of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Kuber are gearing up to celebrate the auspicious festival of Dhanteras on October 22.

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Devotees of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Kuber are gearing up to celebrate the auspicious festival of Dhanteras on October 22.

On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber – the God of wealth, devotees decorate their homes with diyas and flowers and buy auspicious items like gold, silver, brass and copper commodities, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh idols, brass, copper or silver utensils, brooms, electronics and home appliances, furniture, or real-estate property to bring prosperity and good luck.

On this day, devotees pray to Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi — the god and goddess of wealth. According to a mythological tale, Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Kuber came out of an ocean made from milk with a pot of gold while the ocean was churning itself.

‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘teras’ means the 13th day of the moon cycle. Every year, Dhanteras falls right before Diwali on the 13th lunar day of the dark fortnight, or the Krishna Paksha, in the month of Ashwin, as per the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar.