The Day just before the main Diwali celebration and the day after the grand celebration of Dhanteras is known as Choti Diwali. It is the second day of the five days long celebration of Diwali festival and is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi. The day is also called as Kali Chaudas where Kali stands for ‘dark’ and Chaudas means ‘fourteenth’. The festival observes on the 14th day of the month of Kartika just before the dark night of Diwali.
Bali Pratipada: There are many stories related with the celebration of Choti Diwali, one of the popular stories is the story of King Bali, who was an influential king and day by day he is becoming much powerful. All the gods get sacred with him then he may be emperor all the three lokas. Vishnu then visited to King Bali in Vamana avatar and asked him for three foot space in his kingdom he said that I will give you what you have begged to me.
When lord Vishnu started covering his three steps he covered all the three Lokas in just 2 steps so he asked to Bali where I keep my third step then Bali said to lord Vishnu, you keep your third step on my head. This way Lord Vishnu took all the three Lokas from him and then people have celebrated the day as Choti Diwali which is also known as Bali Pratipada.
Naraka Chaturdashi: Another legendry story is related with the Narakasura, who was the ruler of the Pragjyotishpur, province to the south of Nepal. He defeated lord Indra the god of heaven in a war and snatched away the magnificent earing of goddess mother Aditi who was the ruler of suraloka and relative of Satyabhama, Lord Krishna’s wife. He had also imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of God and saints in his harem.
Satyabhama approached Lord Krishna and asked to empower her so that she could killed Narakasura, Krishna then empower his wife Satyabhama and then she beheaded Narakasura and won the battle. Then Krishna released all the daughters of gods and saints and returned the precious earing of goddess Aditi. Narakasura mother Bhoodevi said that the death of her son should not be the day of mourning but the occasion of celebration and since that day people celebrates the day as Naraka Chaturdashi which is popularly known as Choti Diwali.
On this day everyone decorates their house, offices and shops with attractive decorative and flowers. Women of the house decorate their home with Rangolis and flowers and also draw tiny footprints of goddess Laxmi so that goddess Laxmi will come home and feel respect.
Choti Diwali is just like the celebration of Diwali but celebrate with fewer lights lit and fewer crackers bursts. This festival also involves the ritual puja to goddess Laxmi and also to Rama in the evening, songs in the honor of gods and Aarti is performed.
The festival of Diwali is the celebration of five long days and each day is auspicious and sacred and rejoiced by the people with great gusto, all the five days of this festive season witness bumper exchanging of gifts. Everyone whether near or far send Diwali gifts to India online and makes the day special and memorable one. As now you when Choti Diwali is then make the day special for your distant friends and relatives by sending Choti Diwali gifts to India online.
When is Choti Diwali 2017?This Choti Diwali falls on 18th October 2017.