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Narak Chaturdashi, also called Chhoti Diwali or Roop Chaturdashi, is an annual celebration that falls on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in the Kartik month. This year, the date to celebrate is 11 November 2023, which happens to be a Saturday. As a tradition, people donate a lamp outside their houses to Yamraj, the god of death, in the south direction on Chhoti Diwali. It's said in the scriptures that such an act ensures freedom from the fear of untimely death. Lord Krishna worship and morning bathing on this day are said to grant beauty. Narak Chaturdashi or Chhoti is marked for the auspicious commencement of Tithi Shubh Ganesh 2023, with Chaturthi Tithi starting at 1:57 pm on November 11, 2023, and concluding at 2:44 am on November 12. The Kali Chaudas tempest will ensue from 11:38 pm on November 11 to 12:31 am on November 12.

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Hanuman pooja on Chhoti Diwali:

The confluence of Hanuman puja and black chaudas occurs simultaneously. The night is dark and humid, providing ideal conditions for negative energy to gain momentum. In order to safeguard the spirit against malevolent forces and obtain the power of a child, Hanuman ji is venerated during such circumstances. North India marks Hanuman Janmotsav on Chaitra Purnima, and the revered Hanumangadhi temple in Ayodhya celebrates the occasion. The Hanuman Puja Muhurta begins at 11:38 pm and concludes at 12:31 am on 12th November, spanning a total duration of 53 minutes.


In honor of Narak Chaturdashi, the eldest son of the household must kindle a sizable lamp and dedicate it to Yam. The lamp should be illuminated in different corners of the house. Once the household members exit the house, the door should remain open to the public. The other inhabitants of the house must stay inside and refrain from witnessing the lighting of the Deepak.

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