By: Manmeet Kaur Tura
Naraka Chaturdashi is also known as Kali Chaudas, Roop Chaudas, Choti Diwali or Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi and is a Hindu festival, which occurs on Chaturdashi i.e.14th day of the Krishna Paksha in the Ashweeja month of the Hindu
This year Naraka Chaturdashi will fall on 6th November, Tuesday. As per the Hindu mythology, the asura (demon) Narakasura was killed on this day by Lord Krishna, Satyabhama and Goddess Kali. The day begins with early morning rituals and festivities follow on.
On the day of Naraka Chaturdashi people also perform Abhyang Snan and is considered very auspicious. It is believed that people, who do Abhyang Snan on this day, can avoid going to Narak. Sesame oil should be used for Ubtan (face pack) during Abhyang Snan.
Abhyang Snan on Narak Chaturdashi may be one day before or on
Often Narak Chaturdashi is considered
Naraka Chaturdashi Muhurat-
Abhyang Snan Muhurta = 04:59 to 06:40
Duration = 1 Hour 41 Mins
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 23:46 on 5/Nov/2018
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 22:27 on 6/Nov/2018
How to Celebrate-
Devotees wake up early in the morning, break a bitter fruit and apply oil and kumkum on their forehead (Ubtan) after which they take bath. Devotees break a bitter fruit early morning that signifies the breaking of the head of the demon king- Narkasaur and the kumkum signifies the blood that Lord Krishna smeared on his forehead after gaining victory over the evil.
Narak Chaturdashi Vrat- This fast is kept by the devotees to please Lord Yamraj (the Lord of death) It is also believed that lighting lamps on this day