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Roop Chaturdashi 2024 date - Importance of Roop Chaudas

Roop Chaturdashi, also known as Rup Chaudas, is observed a day before Diwali in North India. The day is also observed as Narak Chaturdashi (in certain years), Bhoota Chaturdashi, and Kali Chaudas. Roop Chaturdashi 2024 date is October 30. The day is observed differently in different regions.

How to observe Roop Chaturdashi? - What is done on Roop Chaudas?

  • For some communities, it is the day for the traditional oil bath and importance is given to the maintenance of the body and therefore the day is also known as Soundarya Siddhi Divas. This is performed early in the morning. Til oil is applied on the body and bath is taken.
  • Yamraj, the god of death, and Chitragupt is also worshipped on Roop Chaturdashi day in many regions.
  • After the sighting the moon on Roop Chaturdashi day, people take bath after applying oil and other traditional health products in some regions. 
  • Special powder of gram flour (Uptan) and other herbs are applied on the body.
  • Clean dress is worn after the Roop Chaturdashi day bath and special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Yama is performed. 
  • People pray for the removal of the fear of narak (hell). It is believed that prayers on the day to Yamraj will rescue from perpetual hell.
  • Diyas (Lamps) are lit and placed during the twilight period (Pradosham) on the day in front of the house and on doorways. This is also a sort of prayer to Lord Yama, asking him for forgiveness of sins committed.
  • A lamp is lit on the south portion of the house. This is specifically dedicated to Yama, the Hindu God of death. This is done to overcome fear of death.