Naraka Chaturdashi 2016 date

Naraka Chaurdasi is observed during Diwali celebrations in South India. It celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over Demon Naraka (Narakasura or Narakasuran) and also the legend behind Deepavali celebrations in South India. Naraka Chaturdashi 2016 date is October 29. Deepavali in Tamil Nadu will be observed on October 29.

In 2016, Lakshmi puja is offered the next day October 30. Diwali in North India is also on October 30.

Narak Chaurdashi is observed on the 14th day of Ashwin month as per Hindu traditional calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The corresponding month in Tamil Nadu is Puratassi.

The reason for celebrating Diwali in North India is based on the return of Lord Ram from exile to Ayodhya. But in South India the legend is of Krishna defeating demon Naraka with the help of Satyabhama.

It must be noted that usually Narak Chaurdashi falls a day before Diwali in North India