Today, 24 October 2011 is Dhanteras or Dhan Trayodasi (Monday). It is also observed as Dhanvantari Jayanti and Yam Trayodasi (Shamana Trayodasi). Guru Dwadasi is also observed in some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra today. Dhanteras is the first day of five-day Diwali celebrations. Lakshmi Puja, Dhanvantari Puja, Kubera Puja, Yamdeepdan Puja and Dattatreya Puja are the important rituals to observe on Dhanteras.
In some places, Goddess Lakshmi is invoked and worshipped in the form of turmeric sticks. This Lakshmi Puja procedure is known as Haridra Shrunga Vratham or Haridra Lakshmi Vratham.