Choti Diwali 2017: Date, Muhurat, significance and timings
When the festival of lights 'Diwali ' is around the corner, people are gearing up for the celebrations by shopping for new clothes and decking up their homes with spectacular decoration ideas. The five day Diwali festival starts on Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi and ends on the Bhaiya Dooj day.
When is it celebrated?
Naraka Chaturdashi (also known as Kali Chaudas, Roop Chaudas, Choti Diwali or Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi) is a Hindu festival, which falls on Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartik. It is the second day of the five-day-long festival of Diwali.
The day before main Diwali is celebrated as 'Choti Diwali' or 'Small Diwali' or 'Naraka Chaturdashi'. People celebrate this day with fewer lights and fewer crackers. According to mythology, a powerful demon, asura named Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama and Kali. It is also known as Kali Chaudas, Roop Chaudas, Choti Diwali or Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi.
Abhyang Snan Muhurta - 04:47am to 06:27am
Duration - 1 hour 40 minutes
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 00:08am (midnight) on October 18
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 00:13am (midnight) on October 19