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Photographs By: Azad Shrivastav
And the festival of lights begins....
The word 'Dhanteras' can be divided into two. In Hindi, the word 'Dhan' means wealth and the word 'Tera' means thirteen. Thus, on the day of Dhanteras, Hindus worship goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth. Dhanteras marks the beginning of the immensely popular Hindu festival of Diwali. Apart from being marked as the beginning of Diwali, Dhanteras also falls on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month, according to the Hindu calendar. Dhanteras is an auspicious occasion for Hindu families across the country and the world as well. Dhanteras is important for Hindu households because on the auspicious day of Dhanteras, people buy new utensils, gold and silver. This is done because it is said that goddess Lakshmi then showers households with more of this kind of wealth.

The Afternoon Despatch & Courier photographer Azad Shrivastav captures the mood of the public on the eve of Dhanteras.
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