Choti Diwali, also called Naraka Chaturdashi, is the second day of the five days long Diwali festival and is celebrated by the people with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi and is celebrated just a day before the actual day of Diwali. the festival is also known as Kali Chaudas, where Kali means ‘dark’ and Chaudas means ‘fourteenth’ the day falls on the 14th day of the month of Kartika according to Hindu calendar and the day is primarily famous as Choti Diwali.
Legends Behind the Celebration of Choti Diwali
One of the popular stories related with this day is about the king of demons, Narakasura who was the ruler of Pragjyotishpur a province to the south of Nepal. During a war he defeated Lord Indra and also snatched magnificent earing from the mother goddess Aditi, who was not only the ruler of suraloka but also relative of Krishna’s wife, Satyabhama. He had also imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of saints and gods in his harem.
When Satyabhama came to know this she gets furious and tensed so he worshipped lord Krishna to empower her so that she can kill him, legends also says that demon Narakasura was under a curse that a women would kill him and so lord Krishna empowered his wife Satyabhama to fight with Narakasura and himself become the charioteer of her ‘Ratha’ (chariot) in the battlefield. Thus with the grace of lord Krishna Satyabhama beheaded Narakasura. Then Lord Krishna released all the girls and also returned the precious earrings of goddess Aditi. Mother of Narakasura said that the death of her son should not be mourning but an occasion of celebration. Thus, since then Naraka Chaturdashi is celebrated with great fun and joy every year.
Traditions and Celebration of Choti Diwali
Choti Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm and gusto all over in India. The festival is just like main Diwali celebration with fewer lights and fireworks. Women of the houses decorate their home well with all the decorative items like torans, Bandarwal etc. and draw Rangoli designs on the floor at the entrance gate and courtyards and also draw tiny footprints for welcoming goddess Laxmi at home. People do Laxmi puja in evening which ends with Aarti and Bhajans. After Laxmi puja people illuminates earthen lamps all around near Tulsi plant, Neem tree, cattle room etc. and then burst some firecrackers for celebrating the day.
People also shares and exchanges gifts on this day as a token of love, the tradition of sharing gifts on Diwali festival has become trend now and so everyone celebrates this festival by sharing gifts and goodies with loved ones. Diwali is a festival of five long day thus it’s a high time for shopping and everyone nowadays does Diwali shopping online and those who live far away from their family and friends they use to send Diwali gifts to India online for their loved ones. This year Diwali is on 30th October that is just around the corner so you must start the preparations right now for buying Diwali essentials and Diwali gifts for family and friends.
When is Choti Diwali 2017?
Celebrated on the 14th day of Kartika month, this year this Choti Diwali falls on 18th October 2017