Narak Chaturdashi

Narak Chaturdashi

October-November; 14th day of waning half of Hindu month of Kartika
The day after Dhan Teras is celebrated by Hindus as Narak Chaturdashi. It is dedicated to Yama, the god of Naraka, or Hell. Bathing at dawn on this day is considered essential; in fact, those who bathe after the sun has risen risk losing their religious merit. After bathing, Hindus offer libations to Yama three times in the hope that he will spare them the tortures of hell. A fast is observed and in the evening, lamps are lit in Yama's honor.
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RelHolCal-2004, p. 179
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two days before the Diwali festival that is known as Dhanteras and Narak Chaturdashi and Govardhan Puja and Bhai Duj respectively.