October 29, 2016

HAPPY CHHOTI DIWALI (NARAKA CHATURDASHI)

CHHOTI DIWALI also known as NARAKA CHATURDASHI is a Hindu festival, which falls on Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha of the Ashvin month, which is the second day of the five-day-long festival of Diwali. The Hindu literature narrates that the asura (demon) Narakasura was killed on this day by KrishnaSatyabhama and Kali. The day is celebrated by early morning religious rituals and festivities followed on.The festival is also called as "Kali Chaudas", where Kali means dark (eternal) and Chaudas means fourteenth, this is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of Ashvin month. In some regions of India, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Mahakali or Shakti and is believed that on this day Kali killed the asura (demon) Narakasura. Hence also referred to as Naraka-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life.The puja is performed with oil, flowers, and sandalwood. Coconuts are also offered to Hanuman and Prasad of sesame seed, jaggery and rice flakes (poha) with ghee and sugar.
The rituals of Kali Choudas is strongly suggestive of the origin of Diwali as a harvest festival is performed. On this day delicacies are prepared from pounded semi-cooked rice (called Poha or Pova). This rice is taken from the fresh harvest available at that time. This custom is prevalent both in rural and urban areas especially in Western India.On this day, a head wash and application of kajal in the eyes is believed to keep away the kali nazar (evil eye). Some say that those who are into tantra, learn their 'mantras' on this day. Alternatively, people offer Nivet is local to where they are originally from. This goddess is called their Kul Devi, in order to cast off evil spirits. Some families also offer food to their forefathers on this day. The second day of Diwali is known as Kali Choudas in GujaratRajasthan & few part of Maharashtra.
On this day Hindus get up earlier than usual. The men will rub their bodies in perfumed oils before bathing. Afterwards, clean clothes are worn; some people wear new ones. A large breakfast is enjoyed with relatives and friends. In the evening, a mix of bright and loud fireworks are set off in an atmosphere of joyful fun and noise. Special sweet dishes are served as part of the midday meal. House are lit with oil lamps during the evening.
In Goa, paper-made effigies of Narakasura, filled with grass and firecrackers symbolising evil, are made. These effigies are burnt at around four o'clock in the morning and then firecrackers are burst, and people return home to take a scented oil bath. Lamps are lit in a line. The women of the house perform aarti of the men, gifts are exchanged, a bitter berry called kareet is crushed under the feet in token of killing Narakasura, symbolising evil and removal of ignorance. Different varieties of Poha and sweets are made and eaten with family and friends.SOURCE--WIKEPEDIA
Wishing on this most Auspicious, Divine, Sacred, Spiritual and Devotional occasion of  "CHHOTI DIWALI (NARAKA CHATURDASHI) FESTIVAL"  , to all my Friends, Near and Dear ones, Family members, Sisters and Brothers, all my Relatives, Loved ones, My Blog Readers, My Blog Visitors, My Blog Voters, Everyone and to All of You Living in Every Nook and Corner of INDIA and also Living All Over the GLOBE " A VERY HAPPY "CHHOTI DIWALI " AND "MAY LOVE AND BLESSINGS OF ALMIGHTY SUPREME GODS AND GODDESSES MAA MAHAKALI AND MAA MAHALAXMI REMOVES ALL OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY AND LADDER OF SUCCESS AND BLESS YOU AND FILL YOUR LIFE WITH HAPPINESS, JOY, PEACE, LOVE, ETERNAL BLISS, AND A VERY LONG LASTING PROSPERITY TO EVERYBODY ON THIS "CHHOTI DIWALI" BY THE GRACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALMIGHTY GODDESS MAA MAHAKALI AND MAA MAHALAXMI  AND ALWAYS." 

from Vijay Kumar Verma---Noida INDIA. 

INDIA FIRST, I AM INDIA, I LOVE MY INDIA, AND I AM PROUD TO BE INDIAN.

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