Narak Chaturdashi 2020: Puja Muhurat, Meaning and Importance

Narak Chaturdashi Celebrations 2020

Confused about your festival plans and celebrations? Why not join us. On the occasion of Narak Chaturdashi, instead of celebrating behind the doors, indulge in outdoor activities like hanging colourful lights, decorating your house or bursting crackers. Besides, worship Maa Kali with a pure heart to receive special blessings from her. Follow us to know what are the Hindu myths behind the well-known festival or read how it is celebrated in other parts of India, we bet it’s worth a read. Moreover, you can get insights into Narak Chaturdashi Puja. 

Important Date, Timings, and Puja Muhurat For Narak Chaturdashi 2020

  • Date: November 14, 2020
  • Day: Saturday
  • Abhyang Snan Muhurat: 05:23 AM to 06:43 AM
  • Moonrise at Abhyang Snan: 05:23 AM
  • Tithi Timings:
    • Chaturdashi Tithi Begins: 05:59 PM (Nov 13, 2020)
    • Chaturdashi Tithi Ends: 02:17 PM on (Nov 14, 2020)

Meaning and Importance of Narak Chaturdashi

Narak Chaturdashi is a part of the Diwali festival and widely popular as Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi or Roop Chaudas. The 5-day Diwali festival is incomplete without Narak Chaturdashi. People call Narak Chaturdashi a ‘Choti Diwali’ and it is celebrated before the actual Diwali day or Amavasya. On this auspicious day, people worship Goddess Kali to eliminate negative forces or influence of evil souls from life. Worshipping Maa Kali on Narak Chaturdashi may remove ghosts, ghouls and negative forces from every corner of your house. Remove the presence of negative forces from your life by performing Puja at the comforts of your home. On this day, many Hindus perform Abhyanga Snan to wash away their sins. Moreover, some of them believe, Abhyanga Snan would help the person to find a way to escape hell. Narak Chaturdashi recalls the time when the demon Narakasura was defeated by Lord Krishna and Satyabhama

Epic stories of Narak Chaturdashi

The Hindu Myth About Killing Of Narakasura

Following the myth, there was a demon named Narakasura who wreaked havoc on earth as well as on Devalok (or heaven). Narakasura went head-to-head with Lord Indra, where the latter was unable to defeat him. Thereafter, Lord Indra and other deities made a humble request to Lord Vishnu in order to save them from the cruel demon, Narakasura. Lord Vishnu ensured his worshippers that Narakasura would be killed during his avatar of Lord Krishna. To fulfill his promise, Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as Lord Krishna and arrived at the battlefield with Garuda as his procession to take on Narakasura. Also, Lord Krishna requested his wife Satyabhama to help him in slaying Narakasura, as the demon was granted with a boon that he would never be killed by a male. Satyabhama joined the battlefield alongside Lord Krishna and killed Narakasura by shooting an arrow. Thus, we celebrate Narak Chaturdashi to recall the victory against demon Narakasura. 

The Legend Of King Datyaraj Bali And Vamana Avatar Of Lord Krishna

Another tale behind celebrating Naraka Chaturdashi is related to the king named Datyaraj. The arrogant king was known for his ruthlessness on poor people by insulting and humiliating them. Looking at the behaviour of the king, Lord Vishnu decided to punish him for his cruel act. Therefore, Lord Vishnu took a Vamana avatar and arrived at the king’s palace. Lord Vishnu appeared before the king as a dwarf and expressed his desire to acquire three steps of the land. Following the acceptance of his wish, Lord Vishnu took a giant three steps. In the first step, he covered the planet Earth, and in the second step, he took a walk over heaven. Lord Vishnu then asked the fainted king where to place his third step. The helpless king kneeled before the Lord and requested him to put the final step on his head. Lord Vishnu put his third step on the head of Datyaraj Bali, which confirmed the salvation of the king and peace was served in the kingdom.

How Narak Chaturdashi Celebrated In Different Parts Of India?

Generally, Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated a day before Diwali and three days prior to Bhai Dooj. In Northern states of India, people celebrate Narak Chaturdashi wearing tidy clothes, organizing Goddess Kali’s Puja and bursting crackers at night. Whereas in Eastern part, the people of Bengal celebrate this day as ‘Bhoot Chaturdashi’. In Western India, people of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra have another word for Narak Chaturdashi known as ‘Kali Chaudas’, where people usually place a pot covered with red cloth on the crossroad. Moreover, in some parts of Rajasthan, Narak Chaturdashi is observed as Roop Chaturdashi.

Steps for Narak Chaturdashi Puja Vidhi

Below are some helpful tips you need to follow while performing Narak Chaturdashi Puja during the festivals of Diwali

  • After having an early morning bath, apply sesame oil on your body.
  • Invoke the god of death, Lord Yamraj to eradicate your sins.
  • Put lighted diyas outside your house.
  • Place a pitcher on a crossroad to remove evil forces from your house
  • During Nisheeth Kaal, clean your house to please Goddess Lakshmi to enter your house. You can perform Lakshmi Puja online to appease Goddess for entering your home.
  • Chant devotional songs before the idol of Goddess Kali.
  • In the evening, perform aarti and distribute prasad.

Warm Greetings For Narak Chaturdashi 2020

With this, we wish our followers a Happy Narak Chaturdashi 2020

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