Two days prior to Deepawali, on the 13th day of dark half of Kartik, Dhan Teras or Dhanvantri Triyodashi is observed with great mirth and gaiety. Dhanvantri, the physician of gods, who appeared at the churning of the ocean, is worshipped on this day, especially by the physician-community. He is the father of the Indian medical science and Ayurveda is attributed to him. He is also called Sudha-pani, because he appeared from the ocean, carrying nectar in his hands.

        The people get early at dawn, cleanse themselves put on new attires and observes fast. In the evening an earthen-lamp is invariably lit before the door of every house, and the fast is broken. New utensils are bought on this day because it is regarded very auspicious.