Narak Chaturdashi is the second day of 5-day Diwali festival. It is also called as Choti Diwali. Kali Chaudas Puja is observed on Naraka Chaturdashi.
Narak Chaturdashi Snan is considered as the most auspicious ritual to perform on this day. Narak Chaturdasi 2017 date is October 18.
It is believed that this festival marks the ending of darkness or the period of demons and beginning of brightness or happiness in the world.
Here are some stotras or slokas or mantras (prayers) to chant during Narak Chaturdashi:
The prayer to chant just before Naraka Chaturdashi Snan:
Ashwatthama bavirvyaso Hanumancha vibheeshanah
krupah Parashurashcha sapthaithe Chiranjeevinah
The above mantra is chanted by mothers before giving bath to their children. Chanting this sloka mothers shower Akshata (consecrated rice) on childrens heads.
After Narak Chaturdashi snan, this given mantra is chanted:
Bhramayeth snanamadhyethu narakasya kshayayahi
Sheetaloshta samayuktha sakantaka dalanvitha
Hara papa mapaamaarga
Bhramyamaanah punah punah
While lighting deepa or diya and remembering dead ancestors, the below given mantra is chanted in the evening: