Dhanavapti Vrata is an auspicious vrata which is performed during Shravan Month and Bhadrapada Month as per Hindu calendar. It begins on the first day after Shravan Purnima and ends on Dwadashi before Bhadrapada Purnima. In 2017, Dhanavapti Vrata begins on August 8 and ends on September 3.
Dhanavapti Vrata begins on Bhadrapada Krishna Pratipada and ends on Bhadrapada Shukla Dwadashi as per North Indian Hindi calendars. It begins on Shravan Krishna Pratipada and ends on Bhadrapada Shukla Dwadashi according to Marathi, Kannada, Telugu and Kannada calendars.
This Vrata is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vishnu Dev is worshipped with Lotus flowers, Ghee and other Naivedya (Food offerings). Upavaas is observed throughout the Vrata. The form of Upvaas (One Time Meals / One Time Tiffin and One Time Meals) depends on the local traditions.
Those who perform this Vrata will also perform Kuber Puja (Vaishravana Pooja) in that whole year, starting from the day following Shravan Purnima. Since Dhanaprapti (Gaining wealth) is the main purpose of this Vrata, Kubera is worshipped.
There is one more kind of Dhanavapti Vrata which is performed throughout the year from Pratipada to Chaturthi in Shukla Paksha of each Month. It begins on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada. Lord Vishnu, Prithvi, Akaash and Lord Brahma are worshipped on Pratipada, Dwitiya, Tritiya and Chaturthi tithi respectively. By performing this vrata, the performer will be blessed with wealth, agelessness, and happiness.
Dhanavapti Vrata is mentioned in Vishnudharmottara Purana.