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Dhanteras is the first day of the Diwali festival in India that usually falls one or two days before Lakshmi Puja - the main Diwali day. This festival is also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Chhoti Diwali. The word Dhanteras itself means wealth and prosperity. It falls in the month of Ashwin, and is celebrated on the 13th Lunar day according to the Hindu calendar.