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NARAKA CHATURDASHI IS BEING CELEBRATED..... 13 FACTS;- 1-Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated as the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura. This day is considered as one of the auspicious day by Hindus.According to Hindu legend, this day commemorates the victory of Kali, Satyabhama and Krishna over Narakasura the demon-king. Naraka Chaturdashi falls on 29 October this year, and is also celebrated as ‘Chhoti Diwali’ or ‘Kali Puja’ in some places. It is believed that the day is auspicious to get rid of a hex, curse, black magic or bad luck. 2-At some places, Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated every year by performing puja of the Goddess Kali who had killed the demon named Narakasura. That’s why the day is known as Narak-Chaturdashi and Kali Chaudas as well. People offer puja in order to eliminate their laziness and wickedness from their life as well as bring real light into their life. 3-It is also considered that the day is getting celebrated as Hindu God Lord Krishna got victory over the demon Narakasura. A powerful demon called Bhoumasur or Narkasur formerly ruled a place named Pragjyotishpur. He began harassing both Deities and the people. He imprisoned sixteen thousand young princesses with an intention of marrying them after winning their kingdoms in battles. 4-He created chaos everywhere. When Lord Krishna heard about this, He attacked the demon, slayed him and set the princesses free. As Narakasura had a curse that he would be killed by a female. Satyabhama beheaded Narakasura and released the imprisoned women. This day is known as Narak Chaturdashi.The dying Narkasur asked Lord Krishna for a boon, “On this day (tithi) the one who takes an auspicious bath (mangalsnan) will not suffer in hell.” Lord Krishna granted him the boon. 5-Consequently, the fourteenth (Chaturdashī) day of the dark fortnight of Āshwin also came to be known as Narak Chaturdashi and on that day people started bathing before sunrise. On this day when Lord Krishna returned home at dawn, after slaying Narkasur, adorning a spot (tilak) of Narkasur’s blood on His forehead, Nanda gave Him an auspicious bath. The women expressed their joy by moving lit lamps around His face .’ 6-People believe that washing head and applying kajal to their eyes will keep them away from all the bad sights. The persons related to the tantra consider that practicing their mantras at this day would increase their tantra power. 7-Annihilation of tamasik energies.... On this day, lighting lamps can destroy tamasik energies. The day before Chaudas, fourteenth day of the fortnight, after 12 a.m. the atmosphere starts getting polluted with raja-tama frequencies, because on this day the Universe moves from the Chandra-nadi (or the moon channel), into the Surya-nadi (or the Sun channel). This helps the tamasik energies in ‘Pataal’. 8-The sound waves generated from ‘Pataal’ are created by heat generated from movement of particles loaded with raja-tama components. To neutralize the effect of these waves, one has to bathe early in the morning, light ghee lamps in earthen pots and ritualistically worship them. The lamps radiate waves of particles charged with the fire element, which helps to destroy the raja-tama laden particles in the environment. 9-Due to this, raja-tama particles present in the cells of tamasik energies also melt away, which helps to destroy the protective sheath around the tamasik energies. Hence, a soul begins afresh to perform any auspicious activity. On this day tamasik energies get annihilated, in a way amounting to destruction of negative frequencies emanating from hell. 10-The most popular ritual on the day is to perform abhyanga snan, which is a holy bath using sesame oil and ubtan to avoid going to narak or hell. The ubtan is prepared using sandalwood powder, turmeric, besan, and milk. A berry called kareet is crushed under the feet in token of killing Narakasura, symbolising evil and removal of ignorance. In Goa, effigies of Narakasura are made with paper and grass, filled with firecrackers. These effigies are burnt early morning. 11-After abhyangasnân one should make an offering to Yamaraj to overcome untimely death (apamrutyu). This ritual of offering (tarpan) is explained in the religious almanac (panchāng). One should consult the religious almanac and then perform this ritual accordingly. 12-Sri Hanuman Jayanti... Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated one day prior to Deepavali . It is believed that Lord Hanuman took birth on this day. There is a slight controversy regarding the birth of Hanuman as the day of Chaitra Purnima is also considered to be the day when He was born. Nevertheless, both these days are celebrated with devotion and much fanfare by the devotees. 13-In the afternoon, visit a temple and worship Lord Hanuman. Make offerings comprising of jaggery and gram. Light a diya and pray to Him for your prosperity and good fortune.Light a diya in your house, in the evening, on Narak Chaturdashi. At night, light a diya and pray to Goddess Lakshmi and Kuber. Chant their mantras 11 times and seek their blessings for excellent financial gains. ....SHIVOHAM...