Diwali is by far the most important and glamorous festival in India. It is celebrated by people of all religions with enthusiasm that creates a festive atmosphere filled with joy and glamour. The festival is celebrated for five days and each day has its importance surrounded by beliefs, myths and legends. Dhanteras celebration falls in the month of Kartik (usually between October and November) and marks the first day of Diwali. Tourists who visit India during this time will automatically notice the magical and radiant decorations all over.
The main feature of Dhanteras festival is shopping. Buying gold, silver or steel is considered very auspicious. Malls and markets are a beehive of activities with people shopping for these items to venerate the occasion. Almost every door of offices and houses are decorated with rangolis, lights and flowers. This festival is believed to bring in wealth, good luck and riches. On Dhanteras, the Goddess of wealth called Lakshmi is worshiped to bring well being and prosperity to mankind. The lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the Goddess into homes. Pathways and streets are painted with Alpana and Rangoli designs and devotional hymns are sung, as fruits and sweets are offered to Goddess Lakshmi.
The belief of this day is that Lord Vishnu distributes his energies through Shri Lakshmi’s Surya Nadi. Fire elements spread all over the universe in shiny golden particles which represent the presence of Goddess Lakshmi. The golden particles create conducive environment for spiritual worship. The Lord and controller of wealth come into the world and all hindrances are removed. Worshipers are therefore blessed with the ability to attract prosperity and wealth.
India is known for its rich culture and heritage. Tourists flock into the country to explore the beautiful hills, temples, beaches, wildlife and historical monuments. From the temples and sculpted caves to the Rajas and Maharajas, India is a great destination for anyone who loves adventure. The best places to enjoy Dhanteras celebration in India could be from the famous monuments. They are marvelously decorated during this time and the view of the city is breathtaking. Visit the Taj Mahal, Hampi, Khajuraho Temples, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Fatehpur Sikri monuments. You will not only enjoy Dhanteras in style but also get a chance to tour some of the best historical sites in the world. A visitor can also enjoy the celebration on the streets, where a number of activities are lined up from acrobats to the famous belly dancers.