Indians celebrate Dhanteras, which falls on the 13th day of Aswin maasa. Dhan means wealth and teras means thirteenth. On this day, a few coins (five, seven, eleven depending on belief) on a plate kept in safe places such as cash box or almirah are taken out, cleaned and washed with fresh water. These coins are then placed in a glass filled with "Panchamrutha" (syrup made of honey, ghee, sugar, curd and milk) and worshipped.
These coins symbolise Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. This glass will be kept in the puja room for two days.
Again, these coins are taken out on the day of Deepavali, worshipped and kept in safe places. This custom is repeated year after year. It is believed that purchases made on this day would bring wealth and prosperity.
Hence, Indians indulge in shopping and buy jewellery, gold, silver or utensils. On Dhanteras, grand preparations are made to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
Houses and business places are decorated and renovated. Lamps are kept burning in the puja room.
Colourful rangolis and small footprints made of rice flour and kumkum, to indicate Goddess Lakshmi's arrival are drawn all over the house. People also look for good time buy and invest during Deepavali. It is believed that ‘Pushya Nakshatra' is a good time to purchase account books, gold and silver coins. This is considered to be the best nakshatra of all. The natives born in this nakshatra are intelligent, spiritual and selfless.
They attract wealth (often up to the point of opulence) as their karmic reward. Pushya borne people are self sufficient, deep thinkers and philosophers. Pushya natives truly care about others, and try to uplift the conditions of people around themselves.
They work for the underprivileged, and spread their knowledge through teaching.