Narak Chaturdashi

Narak chaturdashi falls day after Dhanteras, is celebrated as an important day. Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated for the victory of shree Krishna against Narakasur and hence the name.
According to Bhavishya Purana And Padama Purana, shree Krishna freed the earth by killing naraksur, the embodiment of sin injustice and torture. Narakasur, the son of Mother Earth, becomes an evil asur who ruled several kingdoms brought under his rule by force.
Indra pleads to shree Vishnu who promises to deal with the matter in his incarnation as Krishna. In his incarnation as Krishna, he attacks Narakasur while riding his mount Garuda with his wife Satyabhama and beheads him with the Sudarshan Chakra.
In some Puranas, it is said that Narkasur was granted a boon by Brahma that he will only die at the hands of a woman. So in the battle, it is shree Krishna's wife Satyabhama who beheads him with Krishna as her saarthi.
So the rituals for this day include breaking a bitter fruit. The bitter fruit symbolises the defeat of Narakasur. Like Dussehra, the defeat of Narakasur reminds us that good always win over the evil. In West Bengal, this day is known as Kali Chaudas.
The day marks the defeat of Narakasur at the hands of Goddess Kali. Kali chaudas, where Kali means dark (eternal) and Chaudas means fourteenth, this is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of Kartik month.
In Maharashtra, families celebrate this day by getting up early in the morning and having an abhyanga snan with 'ubtan'. This ubtan is a mixture of chandan, ambe haldi, multani mitti, khus, Rose, besan etc.
This day is considered auspicious for mantrasiddhi or attainment of success in devotion through mantras.!
This Narak Chaturdashi is also called Roop Chaturdashi because it is believed that those who observe this vrata gets rid of the hell from their body and become graceful and attractive. This day is also known as Choti Diwali

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