Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi, the festival of gold, so to speak, is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month Ashvin (Kartik according to the North Indian belief). Dhanvantari, who is the teacher of all physicians and the founder of Ayurveda, is worshiped on Dhanteras. Over the ages, however, Dhanteras festival has become associated with wealth, more than with health. Dhanteras in 2019 will fall on October 25.Auspicous time for Dhanteras puja: 07:18 PM to 08:37 PM. The Story Behind This Festival Hindu mythology speaks of a king called Hima whose son was destined to die by a snake-bite just four days after his marriage. As per Dhanteras story, King Hima did everything in his powers to prevent his son from meeting any woman, but when the son turned 16, he fortuitously met a girl, fell in love and they married. When his wife found out that her husband would die after four days, she did not allow him to sleep on the day, and blocked the doorway to her husband's room with silver and gold ornaments, so that when Lord Yama came in the guise of a snake, he was dazzled by the gold and silver and sat down on the heap. The next morning the snake quietly left, and her husband's life was saved.