Rituals of Diwali

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Rituals of Diwali – The second day of the five day Festival

Bengalis believe that Goddess Kali killed the demon Raktavija on this day and others believe that Lord Krishna killed the demon Naraksur on this day.

The legends states that  Narakasur’s mother Bhudevi(Mother Earth) had declared that her son’s death should not be a day of mourning but an occasion to celebrate and rejoice. Hence, the day is marked as Choti Diwali celebrated ahead of main Deepavali night.

A general custom followed during the second day of Diwali is to burst crackers.(Alas, not to be this year for a greater good)

Also called Naraka Chaturdashi, it falls on the 14th day of Krishna Paksha according to the Hindu calendar. Usually, as per traditions and rituals, Choti Diwali is celebrated by performing morning prayers and then it is followed by festivities.

Some people also believe that by taking the holy bath with sesame oil on this day, a person will not go to hell after death.

People illuminate their homes with diyas, so as to welcome and  the set the mood for celebrations in the following day.

Celebrate life & stay blessed forever.