Narak Chaturdashi, commonly known as Choti Diwali is celebrated on the second day of the five-day-long festival of Diwali. The festival is dedicated to the God of death, known as Yamraj in Hindu mythology.
There are several legends associated with this day but the most common is of Lord Krishna defeating the demon king called Narakasura and freeing 1600 women who were captured by the demon king. Apart from this, another story that we often relate to this day is of Lord Hanuman and how he ate the sun because he thought it was a mango. Though there are several legends related to Lord Bali, Satyabhamathe main importance is given to goddess Kali for this day.
Narak Chaturdashi 2020 Date, Time, and Mahurat
Date- 14th November 2020, Saturday
Abhyang Snan- 5:59 AM to 6:18 AM
This day is believed to be auspicious, as people worship the Lord to keep them safe from all the negative energies of this universe.
There are several rituals associated with the day, let me brief you on them –
- In some parts, the day is celebrated as a harvest festival. Worshipping Lord Hanuman by offering him sesame seeds, rice, jaggery, and coconut.
- In other parts, people wake up early and take a bath using sesame oil, this is also called Abhayang Snan. Performing this ritual before the sunrise in the presence of the moon is considered favorable as it is believed that sesame oil protects us from misfortune and poverty.
- After the bath all the lords, as well as Yamraj, are worshipped facing towards the south direction, to get rid of your sins and wrongdoings.
- You can also visit temples with your family and seek blessings from the lord.
- In areas like Bengal, it is also called Bhoot Chaturdashi and they celebrate the day by lighting Diyas all over the house to worship their forefathers.
- In Tamil Nadu, the day is spent worshipping Goddess Laxmi by observing a special diet called ‘nombu’.
- In Goa, the day is dedicated to evil. Firecrackers are burned as a symbol to destroy evil.
The common reason behind this day’s celebration is the victory of good over evil. We can also take some small measures on this day to spread positive energy in our house and remove the negative energies.
Here are some Vastu tips for Narak Chaturdasi 2020
- The diyas should be lighted facing the south direction as it’s considered to be the direction from which negative energies come.
- 7 lamps should be ignited in the evening, first in the temple, second on basil, third on a water pot, fourth and fifth at the entrance, sixth near Mori, and seventh near the picture of Pitars or in the south direction.
- We can plant the Ashoka tree on both sides of the entrance of our house as it spreads happiness and positive energy.
- Hanuman Ji should be worshipped on this day facing the south direction as it is believed it removes all our Vastu dosh.
- The house should be thoroughly cleaned as dirt attracts negative energies.
That was the gist of Narak Chaturdashi. Hope you found the information useful.