October 18, 2017: Naraka Chathurdasi, Bahir Deepadanam, Yama Tarpanam, Preta Chaturthi, Swatyambhangam, Maasa Sivarati, Kedara Gowri Vrat
October 19, 2017: Deepavali, Diwali
October 20, 2017: Bali Padyami, Start of Aakasa Deepam, Govardhana Pooja, Gokreedana, Mangalamalika
Diwali is one of the famous festivals that are being celebrated with much enthusiasm and in a befitting manner while Kali Pooja is being celebrated in West Bengal in a befitting manner. Diwali, his year, falls on November 1, 2005.
Diwali is followed by Naraka Chaturdasi. This day has a special role in the in performing this festival. The holy day marks the vanquishing of Naraka by Lord Krishna and Satyabhama. There are so many legends that dealt with the importance of this festival.
According to one legend, Naraka, the son of Budevi acquired immense power and as a result of performing severe penance to Lord Brahma. He unleashed a reign of terror in the Kingdom of Kamarupa harassing everyone with his might. Unable to bear with, the celestial beings approached Lord Krishna to save them from his torture.
Unfortunately, Naraka had a boon that he could face death only at the hands of his mother Bhudevi. Lord Krishna asked Satyabhama who is the reincarnation of Bhudevi to be the charioteer in the battle. During the battle Lord Krishna fell unconscious, and then Satyabhama aimed the arrow on Naraka and killed him.
Naraka was killed on the Chaturdasi day prior to New Moon in the Krutika Month. There is overwhelming joy and people were happy over the death of Naraka and on the next day Diwali is performing. According to another legend, it is believed that the celebration of the marriage of Goddess Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. During this day, lights illuminate every corner of the country with joy and hope. It symbolizes that the people enjoy happiness throughout the year as they are coming from darkness to brightness.
Sloka to attain financial prosperityOm Shreem Maha Lakshmi Devi Swaha
Chanting of this mantra can be done either to tide over financial troubles or to attain new levels of prosperity. Even the other ten regal qualities of Goddess Lakshmi may also accrue in us, from the practice of this month.