Narak Chaturdashi Today: How Lord Krishna Killed Narkasur!

Why Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated? Read out the details about this auspicious day and find out why Abhyang Snan is carried out. Scrape off your bad karma and walk on the righteous path of kindness and truth.




According to Hindu festival calendar, Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated every year in the month of Kartik, on Krishna Paksh’s fourteenth day. This festival is celebrated one day before Diwali, and is popularly called as Choti Diwali. Apart from this, it is also known in various states of India as Narak Chaudas, Roop Chaudas and Roop Chaturdashi. As per hindu mythology, people worship Lord Yamraj after carrying out Abhyang Snan, wishing a long and healthy life and light up diyas in the evening.

Abhyang Snan Muhurat for New Delhi (India)


Date18 October 2017
TimeFrom 04:47:00 to 06:23:24
Duration1 hour 36 minutes

These timings are applicable locally. Find out the muhurat according to your city: Abhyang Snan Auspicious Muhurat

Importance of Abhyan Snan


On the occasion of Narak Chaturdashi, Abhyang Snan forms an important part of this day. It is believed that on this day, if a person bathes properly during the during the muhurat, s/he is enable to wash away his/her bad deeds and adds to the karma. Before that, one has to apply sesame oil on his/her body, and put Achyranthes aspera or Chirchira leaves in the water.



Religious Importance


According to the legend, there was an evil monster called Narkasur, terrorizing gods, sages and saints with his powers and taking in 16 thousand women as hostages. In order to get rid of the demon, gods and saints went into Lord Krishna’s shelter. He assured that the tyranny of Narkasur will soon come to an end. 

As Narkasur was cursed to die at the hands of a woman, Lord Krishna, with the help of his wife Satyabhama, killed the demon on the fourteenth day in the month of Kartik and freed 16 thousand women from his captivity. After that incident, all those women were called the “Pat-Rani” of Lord Krishna.

After the slaughter of Narkasur, people came together on the Amavasya night in the Kartik month, lit diyas and celebrated the victory. Hence started the very custom.

Heartfelt wishes to all the readers of AstroSage! A Happy Narak Chaturdashi and Diwali to you!

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