Naraka Chaturdashi, Choti Diwali 2017: Date, Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, Mantra & Auspicious timings
The 5 day festival, Diwali is almost here. People are right now busy cleaning up their houses and shopping for new clothes, accessories and home decor. Diwali starts from tomorrow that is October 17th. Today, we will tell you about Choti Diwali. The second day of Diwali, Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali as popularly called is also one of the most widely celebrated Hindus festivals The second day of Diwali is as important as the main day that falls on 19th October this year. Naraka Chaturdashi falls on the 14th day of Krishna Paksha according to the Hindu calendar. According to mythology, it was on this day of Naraka Chaturdashi that the demon called Narakasur was slayed by Lord Krishna, Kali and Satyabhama. Naraka used to ill-treat women and that’s how he was killed. Usually, as per traditions and rituals, Choti Diwali is celebrated by performing morning prayers and then it is followed by festivities. Some people also believe that by taking the holy bath on this day, a person will not go to hell after death. During the holy bath, you need to use sesame oil. Sometimes Naraka Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja fall on the same day. Well, if you too follow these traditions religiously, here are the dates, muhurat, puja vidhi, mantra and auspicious timings of Choti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdashi.
Date of Naraka Chaturdashi: 18th October, Wednesday
Muhurat Timings of Choti Diwali:
Abhyang Snan Timings– 4.47 am to 6.27 am. The auspicious timings will last for a good one hour and forty minutes.
Chaturdashi Tithi will start at– 00.08am on October 18th
Chaturdashi Tithi will end at– 00.13 on October 19th.
On this devotees from West Bengal pray to Goddess Kali. Apart from this, people also prepare several delicacies like Poha and this is made also because it is harvests season. Also another ritual that is followed by many is to take a head wash and women apply kajal because they believe this will keep them away from evil or buri nazar as said in Hindi. And those who come from Pandits and Pujari background learn all their mantras today. Some people also offer food to their ancestors on Naraka Chaturdashi.
And later in the day, during evening, people light diyas and burst firecrackers and just enjoy the day with family and friends.