New Delhi: Naraka Chaturdashi is known by various other names in India such as Chhoti Diwali, Kali Chaudas, Roop Chaudas or Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi. The festival is celebrated on the Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Ashvin. It is believed that demon Narakasura Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama and Kali.
On this day, devotees begin with early morning rituals and festivities continue throughout the day.
It is said that on this day, puja is performed with oil, flowers, and sandalwood. Coconuts are also offered to Lord Hanuman and Prasada of the sesame seed, jaggery and rice flakes (poha) with ghee and sugar.
On this day, Abhyang Snan holds greater significance. It is said that those who perform Abhyang Snan on this day, can avoid going to Naraka (hell). While taking a bath, Til (sesame oil) is used as an Ubtan.
Abhyang Snan on Naraka Chaturdashi might be one day before or on the same day of Lakshmi Puja day on English Calendar. Abhyang Snan is always done during moonrise but before sunrise while Chaturdashi Tithi is prevailing.
In some places, Goddess Kali or Maa Shakti is worshipped on this day. It is believed that Maa Kali killed the demon Narakasura on Chaturdashi, therefore it is referred to as Naraka Chaturdashi.
Kali Chaudas removes laziness from the daily routine and other evils which cause a hindrance in our lives and create a hell-like situation. It brings forth a shining and prosperous life.
Abhyang Snan Muhurta = 04:58 to 06:39
Duration = 1 Hour 41 Mins
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 23:46 on 5/Nov/2018
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 22:27 on 6/Nov/2018