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Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated in the dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the Hindu Kartik month on Chaturdashi Tithi (fourteenth day). This day is dedicated to the victory of Lord Krishna over the wicked demon king Narakasur. It is also known by different names in different areas, namely –Narak Chaudas, Narak Chaturdashi Puja, Kali Chaudas, or Roop Chaudas.
The word "Kali Chaudas" is the amalgamation of two words; where Kali means dark (eternal) and Chaudas means fourteenth, hence Kali Chaudas is celebrated on the fourteen day of the dark half of Asvin month. It is believed that the persons related to the tantra practice, consider that practicing their mantras on Chaturdashi Tithi at this day would increase their Tantra Shakti (power).
Narak Chaturdashi Day
29 October 2016 / Saturday
18 October 2017 / Wednesday
06 November 2018 / Tuesday
In some regions of India, this day is allotted to the worship of Mahakali or Mata Shakti. It is believed that on this day Goddess Kali killed the Asura (demon) Narakasura. Another legend that marks the celebration of this day is dedicated to King Bali, who had donated all the Earth to Lord Vamana (avatar of Lord Vishnu).
People offer puja in order to eliminate their laziness and evil behaviour from their life as well as to bring success into their life. Narak Chaturdashi Puja Vidhi is performed with incense sticks, oil, flowers, camphor and sandalwood. Narak Chaturdashi, Narak Chaudas or Kali Chaudas mainly depicts the destruction of sins or evil; thereby, helping in the sustenance of human beings on earth.
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