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If yes, you have come to the right place. Naraka Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी) in 2017 will be observed on Wednesday, 18th October.
As per Hindu calendar, Naraka Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी) is observed a day before Diwali i.e. 14th day of dark half of Ashwin month.
What is Narak Chaturdashi?
Naraka Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी) is the second day of five days Diwali celebrations. The first being Dhanteras, second is Narak Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी), the third is Diwali, fourth day is Govardhan and the fifth day is Bhai Dooj. According to Hindu legends, Kali (the Goddess of power) killed Narakasura on this day. The day is celebrated in order to eradicate laziness and evil from the life.
Rituals of Narak Chaturdashi:
Naraka Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी) is a Hindu festival which is usually observed in the months of October or November. However, Naraka Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी) in 2017 will be observed on Wednesday, 18th October. The main ritual of Naraka Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी) is to wake up early morning (before Sunrise), apply ‘Ubatan’ (a mix of herbs, oil, flowers and other essential ingredients) and take bath. It is said that the person who fails to do so, goes straight to hell. Narak Chaturdashi (नरक चतुर्दशी)day is also known as Choti Diwali, Kali Chaudas, Roop Chaturdashi and Roop Chaudas.
Abhyang Snan Muhurath:
04:54am to 06:28am
Duration: 1hr 34mins
Story of Narak Chaturdashi:
According to one of the ancient history of the past, there was a king called Ranti Deva. He was very spiritual and one of the clever man. He always involved himself in the religious works and services of mankind. One day, death of God, Yama, had came to him to get the soul of king. The king asked Yama that I never did bad work and sin all over my life. Why are you taking me to hell, Yama answered that years ago you had returned a hungry priest from your door. That’s why I am here to take you to hell.
The king prayed to the Yama to get one year life more. Yama granted him one year life more, and then king met the saints and told his story to them. They suggested him to keep fast at Narak Chaturdashi and offer food to the priests as well as say sorry to them for your past mistake. In this way you can get relief from your past sin.
Form that day, Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated to become free from all the sins as well as keep ourselves away from going to hell.