Kali Chaudas is the second day of the Diwali festival. This Year Diwali and kali chuadas both are celebrated on the same day. Naraka Chaturdashi is to be celebrated in the month of Kartik on the 14th day of the waning moon. The festival this year is on the 14th of November, Saturday. The festival is also known as NarakChaudas, RoopChaudas, or even Kali Chaudas. It is celebrated a day before Diwali and therefore also called “ Choti Diwali”.
As per the Indian mythology, people revere the Lord of Death “ Yamraj” with utmost devotion. People light up Diya at their homes after dusk as a symbol of removing the darkness. People worship the God of death so that their families are spared from the clutches of painful or untimely death and are spared with good health.
On this day before the dawn people apply sesame oil on their bodies and bath with water infused with herbs. It is believed that the bath gives good and beautiful glowing skin thereby the name RoopChaudas is also given to the festival. Many people also pray to Lord Krishna on this day as it beautifies our body and soul. Before the festival it is advised to throw away all the useless stuff from the house this is done to remove poverty and welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
Kali Puja Timing 2020:
This year kali puja is on 14th November.
- Amavasya tithi begins at 02:17 PM on Nov 14, 2020
- Amavasya tithi ends at 10:36 AM on Nov 15, 2020
Significance of NarakChaturdashi:
On the day of Naraka Chaturdashi, Diya is lit and it has mythological significance. Towards evening to remove darkness from our lives, we lit Diyas. There are some mythological tales associated with the festival, which are as follows:
- The killing of the devil called Naraksura
There was a devil called Naraksura who with his supernatural abilities and thus didn’t let the priests and saints in peace. It became impossible to keep him under check. He crossed all limits and took 16000 women in his hostage.
There was a curse on the demon that he would die in the hands of a woman. Lord Krishna disguised as a woman and in the month of Kartik on a Krishna paksha on the 14th day of the waning moon, he killed Naraksura from his sword. The devil was killed and justice was done.
- Tale of Datyaraj Bali
The tale is of Datyaraj Bali who was the most charitable king. Lord Krishna dressed incarnated like a dwarf and between the 13th day and new moon, he covered the entire kingdom of Datyaraj Bali in three steps.
King Bali was kindhearted and gave the kingdom to the dwarf king. Lord was impressed by the gesture and he offered him a boon. King Bali asked that between the 13th day and the full moon his should stand still and again become his for the three days. He asked that people of the kingdom who celebrated Diwali on these days shall be blessed with wealth and abundance. Ever since then the festival is celebrated with great zeal.
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