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DHANTERAS

When is Dhanteras in 2022?

Dhanteras in 2022 is on the Saturday, 22nd of Oct (10/22/2022).

Dhanteras is on the 295rd day of 2022. There are 70 days left in the year.

Dhanteras Facts

  • Date: Oct 22, 2022
  • Regional
  • Also Called: Dhanatrayodashi
  • Celebrations: Buying precious metals (Gold)
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Indian culture is one of the ancient and unique cultures in the world. India is often and justly described as a land of fairs and festivals. Every month of the calendar holds a festival that one can enjoy and celebrate. It is impossible to understand India, and her people fully without the knowledge of Indian festivals. Festivals are India's pride and treasure. They are the fragrance of our religion. In the ancient India, festivals went hand in hand with religion. In one sense we may say that festival turned inward is religion and religion turned outward is festival. Thus, the festivals are so deeply imbued with our culture that we (Indians) have great adherent with them. They are elevating our social and cultural life.

"Dhanteras", is one of the famous festivals of India. It is an important part of Diwali celebration. It is a first day of five day celebration of Diwali festival. This auspicious day is also observed as Dhantrayodashi o or Dhanvantri Jayanti (the birth anniversary of God of Ayurveda. The word "Dhana" signifies money or wealth and "Teras" means thirteenth day as per the Hindu calendar. The festival of "Dhanteras" falls in the Hindu calendar month of "Kartik" (Oct-Nov) on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight). This auspicious day is celebrated two days before of the festival of lights "Diwali".

Every festival has its own significant story or history behind it. These stories are the key reasons to all the celebrations that are performed on these auspicious days. Some legends are also associated with the celebration of this festival.

As per the Hindu holy Scriptures, during the cosmic battle (samundra Manthan), Gods and Demons both churned the ocean (Kshira Sagar) to gain the divine nectar of immortality. God Dhanvantri emerged out of the water with the pot of elixir in his hands. Thus, the name of this day Dhanteras comes from the name Dhanvantri (The Physician of God).

Another ancient legend also describes the occasion to an interesting story about a 16 year old son of king Hima whose horoscope predicted his early death by the snake- bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On knowing this, his wife got worried but reacted intelligently. To save her husband's life, she plotted a plan. She laid out her all ornaments and lots of golden and silver coins in a heap at the entrance and lit lamps all over the place. She started narrated stories and sung a song to keep her husband from falling asleep. When Yama 'God of death' came in the guise of snake to take his life, he was temporarily blind by the sharp lights of lamps and ornaments. He was not able to enter in the chamber till morning. Thus, the prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his wife and since then this day is celebrated in the honour of God Yama as Dhanteras or Yamadeepdaan.

Dhanteras is associated with wealth and prosperity. On this auspicious day people buy precious metals gold and silver ornaments and utensils to enhance the household prosperity. It holds special significance for the business community. All the new purchases are dedicated to goddess Lakshmi and lord Kubera. Markets and malls becomes a hectic place of activity. Getting and gifting are also an important ritual during this day. Puja is performed in the evening. Lamps are lit and placed at the entrance to welcome goddess Lakshmi for providing prosperity and well beings and to drive away the shadow of evil spirits. In the many parts of south India, there is a tradition of cows and cattle are worshiped by the farmers.

Thus the celebration of Dhanteras brings human bonding among people. It is believed that it brings immense wealth and prosperity in people's life.

Author: Dr. Nidhi Jindal

Dhanteras Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Tue
  • Oct 21, 2014
  • Mon
  • Nov 09, 2015
  • Fri
  • Oct 28, 2016
  • Tue
  • Oct 17, 2017
  • Mon
  • Nov 05, 2018
  • Fri
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Fri
  • Nov 13, 2020
  • Tue
  • Nov 02, 2021
  • Sat
  • Oct 22, 2022

List of Religious Holidays of Hindu in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 14, 2022Jan 14Makarsankranti / Pongal
TuesdayTueJan 18, 2022Jan 18Thaipusam
SaturdaySatFeb 05, 2022Feb 05Vasant Panchami
TuesdayTueMar 01, 2022Mar 01Maha Shivaratri
ThursdayThuMar 17, 2022Mar 17Holika Dahan
FridayFriMar 18, 2022Mar 18Holi
TuesdayTueMar 22, 2022Mar 22Hindi New Year
SaturdaySatApr 02, 2022Apr 02Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year
SundaySunApr 10, 2022Apr 10Hanuman Jayanti
SundaySunApr 10, 2022Apr 10Ramanavami
ThursdayThuApr 14, 2022Apr 14Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu
ThursdayThuApr 14, 2022Apr 14Tamil New Year
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Bengali New Year / Bihu
TuesdayTueMay 03, 2022May 03Akshaya Tritiya
MondayMonMay 30, 2022May 30Savitri Pooja
FridayFriJul 01, 2022Jul 01Puri Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedJul 13, 2022Jul 13Guru Purnima
TuesdayTueAug 02, 2022Aug 02Nag Panchami
ThursdayThuAug 11, 2022Aug 11Raksha Bandhan
FridayFriAug 12, 2022Aug 12Varalakshmi Vrat
FridayFriAug 19, 2022Aug 19Krishna Janmashtami
WednesdayWedAug 31, 2022Aug 31Ganesh Chaturthi
ThursdayThuSep 08, 2022Sep 08Onam
SaturdaySatSep 17, 2022Sep 17Vishwakarma Puja
SundaySunSep 25, 2022Sep 25Mahalaya Amavasya
MondayMonSep 26, 2022Sep 26Navaratri begins
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05Dusshera
SundaySunOct 09, 2022Oct 09Sharad Purnima
ThursdayThuOct 13, 2022Oct 13Karwa Chauth
SaturdaySatOct 22, 2022Oct 22Dhan Teras
MondayMonOct 24, 2022Oct 24Diwali
WednesdayWedOct 26, 2022Oct 26Bhai Dooj
SundaySunOct 30, 2022Oct 30Chhath Puja
TuesdayTueNov 08, 2022Nov 08Kartik Poornima
SaturdaySatDec 03, 2022Dec 03Geeta Jayanti
FridayFriDec 16, 2022Dec 16Dhanu Sankranti