Today – November 12, 2012 – is Choti Diwali, Kali Chaudash and Hanuman Puja. Kali Chaudas as the name indicates is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is observed on the 14th day of Ashwin month mainly in
Gujarat. Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord
Hanuman are performed a day before Diwali in North India and Gujarat.
The day is also observed as Choti Diwali. All puja items and other necessary things needed for Diwali are purchased on the day.
The day is also observed as Bhuta Chaturdashi in some regions.