Naraka Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali) 2016: Naraka Chaturdashi is celebrated on the day next to Dhanteras. It falls on 29th October in 2016. This is the festival for Hindus which is the second day of Diwali. It is celebrated with full enthusiasm.
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This day has significant because people believe that after performing the rituals of the festival, one can protect himself from going to Hell (Naraka). As per the Hindu calendar, the day is celebrated on the 14th day of half dark moon and the day is just meant for worshiping Goddess Shakti or Mahakali.
The belief revealed that on this day, Goddess Kali killed the evil demon named Narakasura. The festival is meant for destroying all bad things and protection of everyone just like the Goddess did. Just like Dhanteras, this day also involves worship of Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi.
Naraka Chaturdashi has lots of importance for Hindus because this is the occasion on which Bhumi (Goddess of Earth) defeated her son Narakasur. People observe fast for the whole day and perform oil bath which is another ritual for this occasion. The bath is always performed during moonrise but time must be before the sunrise.
Naraka Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali) 2016 Puja Vidhi and Muhurat Timings
Abhyang Snan Muhurta = 05:20 to 06:41
Duration = 1 Hour 20 Mins
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 18:20 on 28/Oct/2016
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 20:40 on 29/Oct/2016
Devotees for getting blessings from the God and Goddess perform the traditional rituals. Apart from this different dishes are prepared which includes Poha because this is also the harvest season for farmers. For keeping the Buri Nazar away, females apply Kajal in their eyes. People also take bath of gram flour and pleasant smelling powder. After all, when the day falls, Diyas are being lighted alongside with the Pujan and special food is served to have sweet rice and vermicelli. Waking up early than the regular schedule is considered to be a big fortune on this day.
The old mythologies claimed that a demon Narkasur, who ruled over Pragjyotishpur grasped the women and locked all of them in the harem. However, he was killed by Lord Indra for snatching the earrings and then Bhumi, the Goddess of Earth punished for this deed.
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