Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi marks the beginning of the festival of lights Diwali and the auspicious day coincides with Trayodashi Tithi (Thirteenth) of the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik. This day is very auspicious for billions of Hindus as they worship Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Dhanvantari, Lord Kubera (God of wealth), and Yamraj (God of Death) on Dhanteras.
On Dhanteras day, Hindus also worship Dhanvantari, who is considered the God of Ayurveda, for imparting the wisdom of Ayurveda to mankind to help them rid of the suffering of disease. The Indian government has announced that Dhanteras day to be observed as 'National Ayurveda Day'. It was first observed on October 28, 2016. This year, it will be celebrated on November 13.
Here are five things which you can donate on Dhanteras:
1. Donate clothes
The donation of clothes to a needy person during Dhanteras is considered a very noble act. If the clothes are of red or yellow colour then they are considered as lucky. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi gets happy if you donate clothes on Dhanteras.
2. Donate food
After the donation of clothes on Dhanteras, the donation of food items is also considered very auspicious. It is belived that the donation of 'kheer-puri' on Dhanteras makes Goddess Laskhmi happy.
3. Donate sweets and coconut
Besides doanting clothes and food items, you can also donate sweets and coconut on Dhanteras to please Goddess Lakshmi. It is to be noted that coconut is used in all 'poojas' and this is the reason why donation of coconut during Dhanteras is considered an auspicious act.
4. Donate items made of iron
It is widely believed that the donate of items made of iron on Dhanteras is considered auspicious. Iron is also considered as the metal of 'Shani Dev' and the donation of iron items on Dhanteras makes 'Shani Dev' happy.
5. Donate broom
It is to be noted that people conduct 'pooja' of broom on Dhanteras but if your friends or relatives are facing financial crisis then you can donate them broom on Dhanteras in order to please Goddess Lakshmi. But you have to donate the broom to close friend or a close relative.