The day between Dhanteras and Diwali is celebrated as Chhoti Diwali. It is celebrated the day before the main festival of Diwali and a day after Dhanteras. It is Also known as Naraka Chaturdashi/Narak Nivaran Chaturdashi, which means prevention of hell.
It falls on Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartik. Read more about its significance.
This special day holds a great significance in Hindu Mythology. According to mythology, a demon (asura) named Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama and Goddess Kali.
Narakasur had kidnapped the ‘gopis’ (female friends of Lord Krishna) and had provoked Lord Krishna into a battle. Lord Krishna freed the imprisoned women after killing the demon.
Narakasur, the son of Mother Earth, becomes an evil asur and comes to rule Heaven as well as Earth. Lord Indra pleads with Lord Vishnu who promises to deal with the matter. He took avatar of Krishna and attacks Narakasur while riding his Garuda and beheads Narakasur with his Sudarshan Chakra
There was a spiritual king called Ranti Deva. He devoted himself to service of mankind. One day Yama (death of god) came to take his soul. But king said he had never committed a sin in his life, to which Yama replied that he had once returned a hungry priest.
Ranti Deva asked Yama for one more year of life, which he was granted. After getting one more year, the king took help of saints who asked him to observe a fast on Narak Chaturdashi and offer food to priests to get relief from past sins.
According to a legend, people can absolve themselves of sins on Narak Chaturdashi and prevent themselves from going to hell.
Diwali is considered as the victory of good over evil. This Diwali spread smile and happiness. We wish you all a Happy Diwali 2017!