Kali Chaudous is also attached to the legend of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman as a baby was very hungry. Whilst lying down he saw the sun in the sky and thought it was a fruit and went to pick it. He flew into the sky and put the whole sun in his mouth causing darkness throughout the entire universe. Lord Indra requested that Lord Hanuman return the sun. When he refused, Lord Indra unleashed his vajra and knocked lord Hanuman down to earth releasing the Sun.
On this day we present offerings to lord Hanuman to protect us from Evil. The worship is performed with oil, flowers, sandalwood powder and vermillion. Coconuts are also offered to him and prashad of Sesame seed, ladoos and rice with ghee and sugar.
‘Kaali chaudas’ is also known as ‘Narak Chaturdashi’, ‘Roop Chaudas’ or ‘Choti Diwali’. This day is a day before the no moon day and it is believed that if people dress up on this day, apply kohl to keep evil eyes away, they are born to be good looking in their next birth as well. People may or may not believe in any of these theories but it is always fun to follow these customs and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.
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