Narak Chaturdashi: How South India Celebrates Narak Chaturdashi

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Deepavali or Diwali is one of the most broadly commended celebrations in India. From North India to South India, each locale has a special method for praising this celebration. Strikingly, Diwali is praised in South India as Naraka Chaturdasi, which falls one day before Deepavali and the festival is quite extraordinary.

Narak Chaturdashi is otherwise called Kali Chaudas or Choti Diwali. This Hindu celebration falls on Chaturdashi of the Krishna Paksha according to the Vikram Samvat Hindu schedule in the long stretch of Ashvin. As indicated by the Hindu folktale, on this day a devil, Narakasura was killed by Krishna, Satyabhama, and Kali. This celebration commends the triumph of good over abhorrence. Actually, every area has an alternate arrangement of strict practices to commend this celebration.

How different regions celebrate Narak Chaturdashi

There are different stories around Narak Chaturdasi, yet significantly this celebration spins around loving Mahakali or Shakti. In some areas of Southern India, this celebration is called Deepavali Bhogi.

In south India, individuals wear new garments in the wake of scrubbing down promptly in the first part of the day. for this turmeric and pepper are added to gingelly oil (sesame oil or til ka tel) and bubbled for the early morning oil shower. oil and turmeric-sandalwood glue are likewise applied to the body. this is known as ‘abhyanga snaan’.

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After the shower, individuals welcome each other saying “do you had your Ganges shower”. since it is accepted that washing up early morning on this day is identical to scrubbing down in blessed Ganges and will shield you from going to damnation or carrying out fiendishness things. individuals wear new garments and consume saltines. Vadas and payasam (kheer) are offered to god as a bhog.

Tamilians celebrate this festival as “Nombu” and perform Lakshmi Puja on this day. Though in Karnataka, Narak Chaturdashi marks the start of Deepavali which reaches out till Bali Padyami.

In the Bengal Region, this day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Kali. here the festival is known by the name Kalichaudas. where kali means dark (eternal) and Chaudas means fourteenth as this is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of Kartik month. it is believed that on this day goddess kali killed the demon Narakasura.

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In some piece of Goa, Narak Chaturdashi is commended by making paper models of Narakasura loaded up with dried grass and fireworks, which are made and consumed as an image of consuming the malevolence. In the wake of consuming these likenesses, individuals come all the way back to clean up and perform customs. To check the triumph of good over wickedness a harsh berry, which is regularly called kareet is squashed under the feet and lights are lit wherever to commend the celebration.

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