Narak Chaturdashi Puja

Narak Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudashi Narak Chaturdashi day is also known as Choti Diwali, Roop

Chaturdashi and Roop Chaudas.Narak Chaturdashi falls on Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi.This festival is

considered as Small Diwali as on this day crackers are burst in small scale.All preparation for Diwali are

done on Choti Diwali day.Devotes clean their houses and Rangoli designs in front of the house to

welcome Goddess Lakshmi.

Often Narak Chaturdashi is considered same as Kali Chaudas. However both are two different festivals

observed on the same Tithi and depending on the start and end timing of Chaturdashi Tithi might fall on

two different consecutive days.Narak Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudashi Narak Chaturdashi day is also

known as Choti Diwali, Roop Chaturdashi and Roop Chaudas. Abhyang Snan on Chaturdashi day, which is

popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi, is the most significant one. It is believed that people, who do

Abhyang Snan on this day, can avoid going to Narak.Sesame oil should be used for Ubtan during

Abhyang Snan.

According to another legend, Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after

defeating demon Ravana and completing His fourteen years of exile. The devotion and dedication of

Hanuman pleased Shri Rama so much that He blessed Hanuman for getting worshipped before Him.

Hence people worship Lord Hanuman also on this Day.Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord

Hanuman are performed a day before Diwali in North India and Gujarat. , the date of Hanuman Puja

during Diwali is on October 18. This day is popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudash and

Roop Chaturdashi or Chaudash. In several regions, the day before Diwali is believed to the birthday of

Bajrang Bali Hanuman.

Diwali is associated with lights and illumination and hence aptly called as the Festival of Lights. Diwali is

symbolized with lighting up the houses with diyas and candles. As everyone knows that exchanging of

gifts is an age old tradition in Diwali. It is the time where people meet their loved ones, relatives and

friends and gifts are considered a token of love and good wishes. Diwali Diyas and Candles are one of

the most beautiful and popular gift items during this festival.

Diyas, candles, lamps are available in varied designs, shapes and sizes. The market is flooded with

attractive designs of diyas. The hand made diyas are beautifully crafted , with painted patterns and

studded with sequins, beads, and glasses. Besides the clay diyas, metal diyas are also available. There

are brass, copper, bronze and even silver and gold diyas. These are intricately carved and available in

varied shapes. Markets, diwali melas, haats, showcase a multitude of handcrafted diyas made by

ceramic and handicraft artists throughout the country. Diwali diyas are one of the major attractions.

Multicolored and vibrant colored diyas look fabulous.

Diyas and candles are ideal as diwali gifts. Diwali is incomplete without lighting diyas and candles.

Besides decorating the house, illuminating the entrance way, diyas are also required to perform the

evening Lakshmi puja. Gift giving is utmost importance on the occasion of Diwali. Presenting beautiful

diyas and candles is a way of communicating respect, friendship, and appreciation.Five days Diwali

festivity starts on Dhantrayodashi and lasts on Bhaiya Dooj day.


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