1. Dhanteras - 17th October 2017
The word Dhanteras comes from the Sanskrit word 'Dhan' (wealth) and 'teras' (13th day of the Krishna paksha in the Ashwin month). Goddess of Wealth – Laxmi and the treasurer of Gods – Kuber are worshipped on this day.
On this day people buy jewelry, and utensils. It is believed to bring prosperity.
2. Chhoti Diwali - 18th October 2017
The day after Dhanteras, is celebrated as Chhoti Diwali, it is also known as Narak Chaturdasi. As per the legends, the Demon King Narakasur was beheaded by Lord Krishna’s wife – Satyabhama.
3. Lakshmi Puja - 19th October 2017
On Diwali, the celebrations begin with Lakshmi - Ganesh pooja, to mark the beginning of the ceremony, followed by goddess Mahalakshmi (the goddess of wealth), Mahasaraswati (the goddess of learning), and Mahakali (the goddess of time and death); and Kuber (treasurer of Gods).
4. Govardhan Puja and Gudi Padwa - 20th October 2017
This day is celebrated to honor Lord Krishna with Chappan (56) bhog, which gives it another name - Annakut Puja. At some places, this day is celebrated as Gudi Padwa. Govardhan Puja marks the day when Lord Krishna saved the people of Gokul by lifting Govardhan hill, from the ire of Devraj Indra. As per the legend, Krishna lifted the Govardhan hillock on his little finger and the people of Gokul got shelter under it.
5. Bhaiya Dooj – 21st October 2017
Bhaiya Dooj celebrates the bond of unconditional love between a brother and sister. It is observed for brother's long life. As per the legend, on this day, God of death – Yamraj went to visit his sister Yami, after a long period. Yami welcomed him with great zeal, prepared a hearty feast and welcomed him with a tilak on his forehead. Yamraj was so elated with his sister’s love and hospitality that he asserted, that every year, if a sister puts tilak on her brother’s forehead, then no one will be able to harm him and he’ll be protected from Yamraj.
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