Naraka Chaturdashi – Narak Chaturdashi is a important Hindu festival that is celebrated all over the India. It is also popular as Choti Diwali. People garnish their homes with colorful lights and Diyas during Choti Diwali. Some of them even accomplish pujas at their workplace in order to attain the selected earnings for the coming year. People dress up and go to a neighboring temple to worship Hindu deities. The 14th tithi of Kartik Krishna Paksha is called Naraka Chaturdashi. And it marks the 2nd day of Diwali (Deepavali festivities). Named after Narakasura, this day is of lead importance as it honors the end of the demon at the hands of Shri Krishna’s consort Satyabhama.
Naraka Chaturdashi 2023
According to the Panchang, Narak Chaturdashi is remembered on Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. Narak Chaturdashi is remembered a day before Diwali and a day after Dhanteras. But this time Narak Chaturdashi and Diwali will be remembered on the same day. It is also popular as Choti Diwali, Roop Chaudas, Narka Chaudas, Roop Chaturdashi or Narka Puja. On this day, there is a law to reverence the God of death, Yamraj and Lord Krishna. On the day of Roop Chaudas, lamps are lit in the evening and the surroundings are illuminated. Narak Chaturdashi is adoration for freedom from untimely death and health shelter. According to a fabulous belief, Lord Shri Krishna killed Narakasura on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik and released the gods and philosopher from his terror. In such a situation, let us know when is Narak Chaturdashi this year.
Narak Chaturdashi 2023 Date and Shubh Muhurat
According to the Panchang, Chaturdashi Tithi of Kartik Krishna Paksha is beginning from 06.03 pm on 23rd October. On the other side, Chaturdashi Tithi will end on October 24 at 5:27 pm. In such a situation, Narak Chaturdashi will be remembered on October 24 according to Udaya Tithi.
Narak Chaturdashi 2023 Timings
- Abhyang Snan Muhurat: 05:24 am to 06:40 am
- Duration: 01 Hour 16 Mins
- Chaturdashi Tithi Begins: Oct 23, 2023 at 06:03 pm
- Chaturdashi Tithi Ends: Oct 24, 2023 at 05:27 pm
Narak Chaturdashi 2023 Puja Vidhi
Taking a bath before sunrise is contemplated lucky on this day. People are guided to apply sesame oil to your whole body while taking a bath. After taking the bath, people group Apamarga leaves 3 times over their head. On Ahoi Ashtami, a boat is filled with water and kept overnight. The water from the vessel is then mixed with the bathing water on the day of Narak Chaturdashi. Following the bathing, Lord Yamraj is revered by lighting Diya’s outside the front door.
In the evening, public light up Diya’s to reverence all the gods which are then putted on both sides of the access area or the front door of the house or company. A specific time period on this day is called Nisheeth Kaal during which people throw away the avoidable possessions. It is believed that on the next day of Narak Chaturdashi, that is Diwali, goddess Lakshmi visit our homes to extend success and chance.
Naraka Chaturdashi 2023 Significance
Narakasura was the son of Bhudevi and God Varaha (an avatar of Shri Vishnu). Even so, he grew ravenous and prejudiced. He turned destructive and smug because he believed that he was endless. Furthermore, he knew that no other than his mother, Bhudevi, could kill him as per Lord Brahma’s boon. Therefore, he believed that the boon would guard him against death. Later, he attacked Lord Krishna. And the latter’s partner, Sathyabhama, an embodiment of Bhudevi, reciprocate with much vigour and courage. She killed Narakasura and dedicated Brahma’s boon.
Even so, before respiring his last, Narakasura begged to Bhudevi (Satyabhama), sought her blessings, and wished for a boon. He revealed his wish to remain endless in people’s memories. Even so, he wanted people to remember his end by lighting lamps. Hence, people remember Naraka Chaturdashi.
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Stories Behind Narak Chaturdashi
Tale of the demon Narkasura
Narkasura was an monster who used his paranormal talents to make it hard for all the parsons and saints to dwell in consonance. His agony had climbed to the point that it was nearly strong to keep him in check. Things went from bad to worse when he kidnapped Sixteen thousand women of the Gods. The saints and pastors used to Lord Krishna for release, comportment every conceivable torment that Narakasura could exact on them. All the worried saints and parsons were promised by Lord Krishna that justice would be managed to the guilty separate. Narkasura was damned to die at the hands of a lady.
So, very adroit, Lord Krishna joined the help of his wife, and in the month of Kartik, on a Krishna paksha on the fourteenth day of the waning Moon,
The Tale of Bali
This story distinctly represents Lord Krishna’s blessing to Datyaraj Bali. In this, Lord Krishna acquired the form of a dwarf and covered the whole kingdom of Datyaraj Bali in 3 steps between the thirteenth day and the new Moon. When King Datyaraj Bali saw this, he bountiful allowed the dwarf king his entire realm. Following this, the dwarf king petitioned a boon from King Bali. After being allowed a boon, King Bali told that, in the time frame between the thirteenth day and the full moon, his kingdom should live the test of time and shall stay for those 3 days, and everybody who remembered Diwali in his kingdom shall be rewarded with success and plenty.”
After audience King Bali’s desire, Lord Krishna was influenced, and he satisfied it by making it a reality. From that day on, the custom of fasting on Narak Chaturdashi, doing Puja, and lighting Diyas became a reality.
People celebrate Goddess Lakshmi or Yamraj on Narak Chaturdashi and order pujas to honour them. There is a strong notion that if one can please Yamraj, one will be afford from death. On this day, people lighted Diyas to wish for considerable health and longevity. Many folks put colorful diyas outside their front entrances at night.