Dhanteras 2021: Dhanteras also known as Dhantrayodashi is the first day of five days long Diwali festivities. It is celebrated on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. On the day of Dhantrayodashi, Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the Milky Sea. Therefore, on this day Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kubera who is the God of wealth, is worshipped on the auspicious day of Trayodashi.
The day of Dhanteras is also observed as Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhanvantri Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the God of Ayurveda. It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari bestowed the wisdom of Ayurveda to mankind to help get rid of the suffering of disease. Interestingly, the Ministry of AYUSH observes Dhanteras as the “National Ayurveda Day”.
The word Dhanteras is derived from Dhan means wealth in Hindi and Teras which means thirteenth. On Dhanteras, Lakshmi Puja is performed and diyas are lighted in the evening.