Diwali’s five-day holiday begins in Dhantrayodashi and lasts for Bhaiya Dooj day. Abhyang Snan has been suggested in three days, that is, in the days of Chaturdashi, Amavasya and Pratipada during Diwali.
Abhyang Snan on the day of Chaturdashi, popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi, is the most significant. It is believed that people who do Abhyang Snan on this day can avoid going to Narak. Til oil (ie sesame) should be used for Ubtan during Abhyang Snan.
Abhyang Snan in Narak Chaturdashi could be a day before or on the same day of Lakshmi Puja on the English calendar. When Chaturdashi Tithi prevails before dawn and Amavasya Tithi prevails after sunset, Narak Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja fall on the same day. Abhyang Snan is always done during the moonrise, but before dawn, while Chaturdashi Tithi prevails.
Our Muhurta window for Abhyang Snan is between the rising of the moon and the dawn, while Chaturdashi Tithi prevails. We provide Abhyang Snan Muhurta exactly as prescribed in Hindu religious texts. We consider all exceptions and list the best date and time for Abhyang Snan.
Narak Chaturdashi Day is also known as Choti Diwali, Roop Chaturdashi and Roop Chaudas.
Often, Narak Chaturdashi is considered the same as Kali Chaudas. However, both are two different festivals observed in the same Tithi and, depending on the start and end time of Chaturdashi, Tithi could fall on two different consecutive days.