Choti Diwali 2017: People across the country are all set to welcome festival of lights. With Choti Diwali being celebrated today, families are busy decorating and cleaning their homes. The day begins with abhyang snan. The day is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi. According to the Hindu mythology, Krishna and Kali killed Narakasura on this day because of the demon’s ill-treatment towards women. On this auspicious day, people visit homes of their near and dear ones and exchange gifts.
It is commonly believed that those who perform abhyang snan or take the holy bath on this day, they avoid going to hell. During the holy bath Til or sesame) oil must be used. Because of this, this special bath is also known as Roop Chaturdashi.
According to English calendar, sometimes abhyang snan also coincides with Narak Chaturdashi and the day of Lakshmi Puja. Whenever Chaturdashi tithi prevails before sunrise and Amavasya tithi falls after sunset, then Narak Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja fall on the same day. The snan is always done before sunrise during the hours when the Chaturdashi tithi prevails, the paper added.
Timings of muhurat:
Abhyang Snan Muhurta: 04:47am- 06:27am.
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes.
Chaturdashi Tithi starts: 00:08am (midnight) on October 18.
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends — 00:13am (midnight) on October 19.
People celebrate the day by lighting Diyas and by getting together with family and friends. Some also prefer to shop is auspicious on this day.