Dhanteras also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantri Jayanti is revered by Hindus across the world as a festival of health, wealth, and prosperity. It also marks the beginning of five day festivities of Diwali, which is celebrated to honour the home coming of lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The Hindu festival falls on the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) Trayodashi (thirteenth day after full moon), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. This year Dhanteras falls on October 17, 2017.
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Indian Festival of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Celebrating the birth anniversary of maharishi Valmiki.
Valmiki Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Valmiki, also known as Maharishi Valmiki, who is revered as Adi Kavi (first poet) in Sanskrit literature. His birth anniversary is celebrated on auspicious day of Sharad Purnima (full moon) of Hindu month of Ashvin which as per the Georgian calendar corresponds to the month of September or October. The Valmiki Jayanti is observed on October 5 in 2017. Maharishi Valmiki was a great sage and author of the first epic poem Ramayana. Ramayana consists of 24,000 shlokas (verses) and 7 kaṇḍas (cantos) including Uttara Kanda.