Festival of India: Dhan Teras and Diwali

Dhan Teras: Lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur

Over head lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur  Photo 1
Over head lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur Photo 1
Road lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur
Road lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur
Over head lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur  Photo 2
Over head lighting at Johri Bazar, Jaipur Photo 2

Dhan Teras and Diwali dates in 2014

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Dhan Teras will be falling on Tuesday, October 21 in the year 2014. Diwali will be on Thursday, October 23. .Nirvana Laddu and Govardhan Pooja will be on 24th and Bhai Dooj on October 25.

Indian festival Diwali starts from Dhan Teras


Dhan Teras and Diwali are most auspicious and popular festival in India. Festival of Diwali lasts for five days starting from Dhan Teras. Dhan Teras falls on Kartik Krishna Trayodashi two days prior to Diwali. People from almost all casts and creed celebrate Diwali in India. Diwali is also known as Deepavali (Dipavali). It is a festival of light.

Diwali is a Hindu festival as well as a Sikh and Jain festival.

Dhan Teras is actually Dhanwantari Trayodashi. Dhanwantari was the father of Ayurveda, who was found in Samudra Manthan according to Hindu mythological stories.The day is considered as his birthday. This day has been celebrated as a day of health.

Ancient Indians knew the value of good physical health and considered it above wealth. They believed that one cannot attain his or her mundane or spiritual goals without physical wellness. Hence, the Diwali festival starts with the day for physical health.

Meaning of the day Dhan Teras had been changed during past centuries. The word Dhan was used as an abbreviation of Dhanwantari and people started believing this day as a day of Dhan meaning wealth.

People buy Gold, Silver, Diamond, color stones, Jewelry, Houses, shops and another real estate on this day. Dhan Teras is considered as auspicious as Akshay Tritiya (Akha Teej) for buying immovable assets and gold, silver, diamond, Jewelry etc.

Update: Dhan Teras will fall on October 24 and Diwali on October 26 this year, 2011. People in India have started preparing to celebrate Diwali along with Dhanteras. They will celebrate both the festivals with enthusiasm. (October 22, 2011)

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Dhanteras: Shopping day


This day is considered as Abujh Muhurt that means very special and auspicious day according to the astrology of India. One can do any auspicious work on this day without asking for a Muhurt from a Pundit or astrologer.

Akshay Tritiya is main shopping festival in south India and Dhanteras is main shopping festival in northern parts of India.

Large numbers of Indian businessmen start their business on the auspicious days of Dhanteras and Diwali. It is believed that starting a business in these days are lucky and brings wealth.

Traditional Shops at Johri Bazar, Jaipur

Shopkeeper selling Decorative items on Dhan Teras
Shopkeeper selling Decorative items on Dhan Teras
Shopkeeper selling Pujan Samagri on Dhan Teras
Shopkeeper selling Pujan Samagri on Dhan Teras
Jewelry shop at the time of closing on Dhan Teras
Jewelry shop at the time of closing on Dhan Teras

Diwali: A five days festival


The festival of Diwali starts from Dhan Teras. The second day is celebrated as Roop Choudas, that means the day of beauty. Lord Krishna killed demon Narakasur on this day. Hence it is also called Narak Chaturdashi. Third or the central day is Deepavali. It is believed that Lord Ram came back to Ayodhya from his exile on that day. Lord Mahavira attained salvation on Diwali according to Jainism. Jain communities worship Lord Mahavira while celebrating Deepavali festival.

Hindu community observes Govardhan Puja on the fourth day. Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan hill in his mighty hands to save local people from the anger of Indra, the king of gods on this day. This is the starting of the bright fortnight of Indian lunar month Kartik. Jain communities offer Nirvana Laddu to Lord Mahavira in this morning. New year in Gujrat starts from this day.

The fifth and final day of this festival are Bhai Dooj or Bhratri Dwitiya. Sisters put "Tilak" on the forehead of their brothers. Tilak is the symbol of good luck. Hindu mythology says that the Tilak done on Bhai Dooj saves from untimely death. Bhai Duj is also called Yama Dwitiya by the name of Yama (god of death).

Five days festival in Diwali

Day
Lunar date
Festival
Day1
Kartik Krishna Trayodashi
Dhan Teras
Day 2
Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi
Roop Choudas
Day 3
Kartik Krishna Amavasya
Diwali
Day 4
Kartik Shukla Pratipada
Govardhan Pooja, Nirvan Laddu
Day 5
Kartik Shukla Dwitiya
Bhai Dooj
India celebrates Diwali as a five days festival. This table shows days, lunar dates and individual festivals of these five days collectively known as Diwali or Deepavali festivals.

Shops in Johari Bazr Decorated for Dhan Teras in Jaipur

Jewelry shop in Johri Bazar, outside view
Jewelry shop in Johri Bazar, outside view
Sweet shop in Johri Bazar, inside view (While closing on Dhan Teras)
Sweet shop in Johri Bazar, inside view (While closing on Dhan Teras)
Shop in Johari Bazar decorated with flower
Shop in Johari Bazar decorated with flower

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Jaipur celebrates Dhan Teras and Diwali


Jaipur is famous for its Diwali festival. You can see decorated markets in these days. Jaipur keeps in a festive mood. Please view and enjoy my article on Diwali of Jaipur. I have posted photos of Diwali in Jaipur. You can enjoy Diwali in Jaipur. It will include photos, videos, and text about Diwali celebrated with crackers, dazzling lights, decorated shops and houses, streets and roads and people of Jaipur in traditional Indian dresses.

Diwali In Jaipur


Decorated shops in Jaipur

Saree shop in Johari Bazar, Jaipur on Dhan Teras
Saree shop in Johari Bazar, Jaipur on Dhan Teras
Sweet shop out side  Johri Bazar, Jaipur on Dhan Teras
Sweet shop out side Johri Bazar, Jaipur on Dhan Teras
Jewelry shop in Johri Bazar, Jaipur on Dhan Teras
Jewelry shop in Johri Bazar, Jaipur on Dhan Teras

Dhanwantari Trayodashi: Dhan Teras

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angel priyatha 5 years ago

it was really really really very informative.thank u very much...


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Manasidas 5 years ago from Kolkata

Hi this is a very good and informative hub. Thanks for sharing. If you want to know about the history of diwali then you can see this hub also that i have written.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Great-...


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Shai77,

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this hub.

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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Jaspal,

Thanks for your comments. Yes Diwali has been celebrated by almost all in India.

Jyoti Kothari


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

The hub has very nicely demonstrated the Indian Hindu culture of festival in the golden city of Jaipur.


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Informative and a Very timely Post too. I am just adding something you left by mstake. People even buy vessals made of silver and Brass etc on the Dhanteras day. Buying moortis of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh on this day is also highly auspicious.


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Jaspal 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thank you Jyoti ... this is such a timely and informative hub ... and the pics are lovely.

Dhan Teras builds up the festive season to peak at Diwali. And, over the ages, Diwali is celebrated by practically all Indians, regardless of their religion.

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