Dhan Teras is the first day of five-day Diwali festival. Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantari Triodasi, is celebrated on thirteenth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. Dhanteras 2010 date is November 3. On Dhanteras festival day, Goddess Dhanlakshmi is worshipped for prosperity and happiness.
Dhanteras Lakshmi Puja is very important for businessmen. On this day, houses and business places are cleaned neatly and decorated. Colourful Rangolis or Alpanas or Muggulu and Lakshmis footprints are drawn to welcome the Goddess to their living spaces and to their business homes. Diyas are kept burning throughout the night as the Goddess brings light into their lives.
Gods to worship on Dhan Teras are Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles; Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber for wealth and prosperity and Dhanvantari for better health.
Devotees believe that purchasing any new things on Dhanteras brings luck and charm to them. In the evening, Lakshmi Puja is performed in tremendous atmosphere dedicated to the Goddess. Dhanvantari, Hindu God of Ayurveda and Health, is also worshipped on Dhanteras. It is believed that on this day, Dhanvantari appeared from Ksheer Samunder (Ocean of Milk) when Dev danavas churned it.