Photo feature: Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali

Devotees from all across the globe pray to the three forms of goddess Lakshmi which are Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kaali, and goddess Sarawati. This puja and prayers take place mostly at the evening. Some of people choose to pray and praise the lord Kubera as he namely represents wealth.

Photo feature: Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali
 A customer purchasing jewelry at PP Jewellers by Pawan Gupta store, South Extension New Delhi on the occasion of auspicious 'Dhanteras' on November 2, 2021. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi is a Hindu festival in which goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and lord Dhanvantari (god of medicines) is worshipped who is known for wealth and prosperity and is the first day that marks the first day of Diwali. This festival is celebrated two days before the main day of Diwali.

Deepawali rush to buy Jewelleries on 'Dhanteras' at PP Jewellers by Pawan Gupta store in Delhi on November 2,2021 Video:Rajeev Bhatt

During these days, people decorate their houses, light lamps, light incense sticks, afford flowers, buy sweets and all come together to perform the Lakshmi puja. Dhanteras is celebrated to cleanse and get rid of ailments as the lord Dhanvantari is a god of health. Dhanteras is celebrated all over India where people even receive bonuses and gifts and the sale of golds and gold related materials takes up a step in.

A sales executive displaying the verities of silver jewellery in New Delhi on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

This year the festival falls on November 2, 2021 and will be celebrated by Indians all across the globe. Hindus consider this as an extremely auspicious day to buy gold or silver articles and new articles.