Choti Diwali 2021 Date, Significance & Celebration

Choti Diwali is the second day of the festival of lights- Diwali. Known by many names like Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas and even Hanuman Jayanti, this day is akin to a miniature version of the celebrations that take place on the next day.

Choti Diwali 2021 Date: When is Choti Diwali Festival Celebrated?

Deepawali 2020 is on 13th November.

Dipawali 2021 is on 4th November.

The day falls on the 14th day of the Ashvin month in Krishna Paksha (darker half) as per the Hindu calendar. Dhanteras is celebrated a day before Choti Diwali.

Significance of Choti Diwali

As the name indicates, ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’ celebrates the killing of the demon Naraksura, who oppressed thousands of saints, Gods and their daughters. Lord Krishna defeated him to restore peace to the world. Narakasura’s mother had declared that his son’s death will not be mourned but be celebrated everywhere. Since then, this day is rejoiced. In South India, the day is celebrated as ‘Bali Pratipada’, the day when a powerful ruler Bali realised the power of Almighty God and gained enlightenment at the hands of Lord Vishnu.

Choti Diwali Celebrations

On Choti Diwali, people wake up early and apply ‘ubtan’, a paste made of kumkum, aromatic oils and gram flour. Taking a bath in early morning, when the stars are still out is considered highly auspicious on this day. It is believed that man is free from the tortures of hell by performing this ritual with dedication.

People decorate their houses with flowers, ‘Kandils’, lights and make colourful ‘Rangoli’ patterns at the entrance. Also, tiny footprints symbolising the entry of Goddess Lakshmi is made in every part of the house with rice powder and vermillion. In the evening, people worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. After offering prayers to the deities, lamps are lit and crackers are burnt by children. Every corner of the house is illuminated and special delicacies are prepared to begin the spirit of festivities.

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