Narak Chaturdashi Pooja 2013
Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated on the second day of Diwali. It is specially observed in the South India. Narak Chaturdashi celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over Demon Naraka. It is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hindu month of Ashwin.
Naraka or Narakasura was the son of Bhumi Devi and Vishnu, and had become very powerful due to a benefit from Brahma. The benefit he had was that he could only be killed by his mother Bhumi Devi. Power had corrupted Naraka’s mind so much that he took advantage of his power by harassing people. His ego could not be faltered, and he had become a very mean.
Lord Krishna was then given the charge of destroy Naraka. Bhumi Devi was an personification of Lord Krishna’s wife, Satyabhama and was asked to accompany Lord Krishna. The fight between Lord Krishna and Naraka was a fierce one, and Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow from Naraka. Lord Krishna pretended to be cataleptic to which Satyabhama retaliated very fiercely. She took Lord Krishna’s bow and arrow and aimed for Naraka and killed him.
Naraka soon after being hit by the arrow realised how wrong he had been to let his ego take over and al the wrong he had done. Before dying he had requested a festival to be celebrated in his name that would signify the ill effects of ego and pride. Thus Narak Chaturdashi festival is a celebration of good over evil. It also highlights the importance of relationships.
Narak Chaturdashi is also called as Choti Diwali. According to the Puranas if a person takes a bath according to the custom before sunrise he would get rid of Naraka Prapthi, or the bad qualities of the demon Naraka.