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Dhanteras or Dhanvantari Trayodashi marks the beginning of the tyohara panchaka or the five festivals which come in a single line. It starts from Dhanteras and ends up at Bhaidooj and all of them have got their own importance in the matters of celebration and their rituals.
Dhanteras or Dhanvantari trayodashi is said to be the day of Samudra manthan which is the churning of celestial ocean byu demigods and demons. All of them agreed to churn the ocean with vasuki as the rope, mandaranchal mountain as the churner and Lord Krishna who took the form of a tortoise as the pivot of keeping the churner.
On the thirteenth day of such huge churning, finally Lord Dhanvantari appeared with a pot full of nectar. Hence, it is termed as Dhanvantari Trayodashi.
All the ayurvedic doctors celebrate this day since Lord Dhanvantari is the incarnation of Lord Krishna who appeared to give the knowledge of Ayurveda to the world.
On this day, one must worship a tulasi plant on the threshold of the house keeping her above a rangoli. One must light four diyas in the four direction, sit and pray to her and after that, one must circumbulate her four times.
One must worship Lord Dhanwantari in the evening who is supposed to bless the house and the person with sound health and sane mind.
Traditions associated with Dhanteras
Since Dhanvantari trayodashi reduced itself to Dhanteras, people think it as a day when something is to be bought and collected. Hence, on this day people are found in the market and are seen purchasing something new for the house.
It is prescribed in the shastras that one must purchase a precious item made of Gold, Silver, Diamond ot any other precious item which invokes auspiciousness.
One must perform Dhanteras puja at house and must seek blessings of Mahalakshmi devi.
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