Choti Diwali 2018: Essence of celebrating this festival
Choti Diwali is also known as Naraka Chaturdash. It is celebrated one day after Dhanteras and one day before Diwali. Diwali 2o18 will be celebrated on November 7, 2018. We all are geared up for the celebrations. The festival marks the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. People perform Lakshmi Puja on this day, and exchange sweets with their near and dear ones. But Diwali is a five-day long festival. A day before Diwali Naraka Chatudarsh is celebrated. Today, we will talk about the essence of celebrating this festival. Choti Diwali 2018 is falling on November 6, 2018.
Why is Choti Diwali celebrated?
People celebrate Choti Diwali by lighting their house as they wait for the main day. There are so many stories associated with the day. One of the stories say- Demon King, Narakasur, who was the ruler of Pragyajyotishpur was defeated by Lord Krishna. He had imprisoned 16,000 daughters of various gods and snatched the earrings of Goddess Aditi, considered as the mother of gods and goddesses. On Narak Chaturdarsh, the demon was killed by Lord Krishna, and he freed all the imprisoned daughters. It falls on the fourteenth day of Krishna Paksh in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartik .
A lot of people take holy Ganga bath on this day. According to scriptures, taking a holy bath on choti Diwali can wash away person’s past life sins. He or she could be saved from going to Naraka or hell. Til or sesame oil is used for ubtan or as the face mask. After taking the bath, people wear new clothes and enjoy a delicious breakfast. In Maharashtra, Puran Poli and misal pav are very famous.
Abhyang Snan Muhurta: 05:08 am to 6:44 am
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins: 11:46 PM on November 5, 2018
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins: 10:27 PM on November 6, 2018
Happy Choti Diwali to all! May this year you get an abundance of happiness and success.
Note: “Do not burn firecrackers”