“Dhanteras” is derived from two Hindi words “dhan” & “teras”. Dhan means wealth &Teras means Thirteenth. Dhanteras is being observed on the thirteenth day of the Kartik month and celebrated as the second day of the Diwali in 2017.
The 6 Days Long Diwali Of 2017
Deepavali arrived from the word “deep” and “avali” which means a row or line of diyas. Deepavali or Diwali is considered to be one of the brightest and significant festivals amongst all the Hindus.
Day 6 Diwali - Bhaiya Dooj / Yama Dwitiya
Day 5 Badi Diwali - Govardhan Puja/ Annakut
The fifth day of Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan Puja & Badi Diwali. This falls on 10th October 2017. Lord Krishna on this day had lifted entire Govardhan hill on his little finger to save the villagers from heavy rains.
Day 4 Diwali - Laxmi Puja, Diwali Puja & Bengali Kali Puja
Deepavali arrived from the word “deep” and “avali” means a row or line of diyas. In 2017 Diwali falls on 19th October.
Day 3 Chhoti Diwali - Narak Chaturdashi and Kali Chaudas
The third day of Diwali which will fall on 18th October 2017, is observed as Narak Chaturdashi or RoopChaudash or Roop Chaturdashi. It is also referred as Choti Diwali as it falls just a day before the festival Diwali.
Day 1 Diwali 2017 - Govatsa Dwadashi and Vasu Baras
Kamadhenu denotes purity, non-erotic fertility, sacrifice and motherly nature which add sustenance of human life.