Naraka Chaturdashi 2017: Date, Puja timing and vidhi for this Naraka Chaturdashi

Designed by Shrutika Bhosale

Designed by Shrutika Bhosale

How is Choti Diwali Celebrated? On the day of Roop Chaturdashi, it is dedicated to beautifying and preparing oneself for the special day of Diwali.The festival Roop Chaturdasi or is it also called Roop Chaudas is celebrated a day before the Diwali.

This year the festival which is actually Choti Diwali is fallen +on 18 October, and the Choti Diwali actually falls on Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha as per the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartik. Diwali festival will be celebrated for 5 days which begins with Dhanteras (Dhana Trayodashi). According to mythology, Goddess Kali defeated and killed Narakasura.

According to the English calendar, Naraka Chaturdasi and Laksmi pooja fall on the same day. This is also considered as the victory of good over evil. People start the Chaturdashi day with Abhyang snan followed by other religious rituals. The following day is known as Naraka Chaturdashi as on this day the Goddes Kaali killed Narakasura because of his bad treatment towards women. Yamraj and Chitragupt are also worshipped on this day. It is believed that who perform abhyang snan or take the holy bath on this day, they avoid going to hell. Til or sesame oil is used for ubtan or a special face mask that is applied during the holy bath.

That is why it is also known as Roop Chaturdashi and Roop Chaudas. Kali Chaturdashi is also observed as Roop Chaudas in Rajasthan and for them, it is a very important day of the five-day celebration as it is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Whenever Chaturdashi tithi prevails before sunrise and Amavasya tithi falls after sunset, then Narak Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja fall on the same day.

Abhyang snan should be always done during moon rise but before sunrise for the period of the Chaturdashi tithi prevails.

People celebrate the day by lighting Diyas and by getting together with family and friends.

Chhoti Deepawali 2017 ki Dhero Badhaiyan.

Happy Choti Diwali 2017 to all...