Diwali and Narak Chaturdashi Coincides On The Same Day!

Know Diwali & Narak Chaturdashi Puja Muhurat & attain the blessings of Maa Laxmi & Lord Ganesha.


Diwali is occurring on 27 October this year. This festival is celebrated throughout the country with much pomp and show. All the followers of Hinduism eagerly await this celebration and fill the dark night with the light of lamps (Diyas) and their excitement. Deepavali is another name for this festival, so is Prakash Utsav due to the bright illumination of the night.


Mythology states that on this day, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after killing Ravana and completing his exile (Vanvas) of 14 years. To commemorate this happiness, people light diyas in and around their homes, reminiscing of the natives of Ayodhaya, who did the same, centuries ago in welcome of Lord Rama, Lady Sita, and Lord Lakshman. Deepavali is the festival of victory of good over evil, a day of positivity. Devotees pay homage to the Gods and Goddesses to remove the negativity from their lives.


Laxmi Puja Muhurat on Diwali


Lakshmi Puja MuhuratFrom 18:44:04 to 20:14:27
Duration1 hour 30 minutes
Pradosh KaalFrom 17:40:34 to 20:14:27
Vrishabha KaalFrom 18:44:04 to 20:39:54

Note: This Muhurta is valid for New Delhi, India.


Diwali According to Hindu Panchang


Diwali falls on the day of Amavasya (New Moon), i.e., when there is no moon in the sky. In the Kartik Month, during the Pradosh Kaal of Amavasya, we celebrate Deepavali and worship Goddess Mahalakshmi. If the Amavasya Tithi continues for two days and Pradosh Kaal occurs only during the second day, Diwali is celebrated on that day. There are many other beliefs associated with the commemoration of Deepavali, but this one is most prevalent. 

Things to Remember During Laxmi Puja


During Diwali, one of the major festivals of Hinduism; devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi. Additionally, we also pay homage to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati on this day. People clean their houses and places of worship because they believe that the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi herself descends to Earth on this day and blesses her devotees. Some important things to remember during Lakshmi Puja are:

  • Like every festival, bathing and meditating early in the morning have high importance, on Diwali as well.
  • Next, you should clean your place of worship at home.
  • Sprinkle Gangajal or Gomutra around your house to cleanse it.
  • Chant the Gayatri Mantra or ‘ऊँ नम: शिवाय/ūm̐ nama: śivāya’ to purify your heart.
  • Draw a beautiful rangoli and place diyas on it.
  • After cleaning your place of worship, spread a red cloth and establish the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
  • Light a diya (lamp) and offer lamp, molly/kalawa (sacred red thread), water, rice, jaggery etc. to the deities.
  • On this day, it is auspicious for the family members to stay together.
  • Distribute prasad after the puja ends and do charity according to your capabilities.


Narak Chaturdashi in 2019


Interestingly, this year, Narak Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali) and Diwali, both are occurring on the same day. This is because the dates, Chaturdashi and Amavasya, according to Hindu Panchang, are coinciding on the same day. While Chaturdashi will continue till 12:25:25 on 27 October 2019, and then Amavasya will begin, which will end at 09:10:52 next morning. Devotees worship Lord Yamraj, the God of Death on this day (Choti Diwali/Narak Chaturdashi), and pray for freedom from the fear of death (Mrityu Bhay) and untimely/premature death.


Narak Chaturdashi Puja: Things to Remember


  • One should begin the day with a clean heart and body.
  • After taking a bath, it is auspicious to massage your body with sesame oil.
  • We pray to Lord Yamraj on this day, while facing the South direction.
  • Light a diya (lamp) on the main door of your home to please Yamraj.
  • Worshipping Lord Krishna, along with Lord Yamraj, fills a person with good qualities and virtues.
  • One should clean their house during the Nishit Kaal (midnight) of Narak Chaturdashi, and throw away unnecessary things.

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