Planning for an extended slumber during Diwali's 4 days vacation suddenly gets disrupted on the first day itself when you are abruptly woken up with the insistence to take an early morning bath before the Sun rises. Keep your annoyance at bay and get prepared to take Abhyanga Snan or Diwali Snan on Roop Chaudas or Choti Diwali.
As you are very well aware by now that every event in Hindu religion has a significant and scientific meaning. Abhyanga Snan is taken on Roop chaudas or Narak Chaturthi or Choti Diwali apart from religious significance has health benefits too.
Religious significance of Diwali Snan
The whole concept of festivals in Hindu Mythology signifies victory of good over evil, Choti Diwali or Narak Chaturdashi also represents this concept. A day prior to this day, Lord Krishna smeared his forehead with the blood of Narkasaur, the demon who was killed by Satyabhama, one of the eight prominent queen of Lord Krishna. Her chariot was driven by the Lord himself and as a mark of victory and celebration applied Narkasur’s blood on his forehead. This day, on Narak Chaturdashi, the queens of Lord Krishna gave a complete bath to him which later was named as Abhyanga Snan.
The ritual and samagri of Abhyanga Snan
Fragrant perfumed soap
Ubtan consisting of Kapur (Camphor), Chandan (Sandalwood), Haldi (Turmeric), Rose Petals extracts, Orange Peel, Any other flowers/herbs.
Let the skin absorb the applied scented oil for 15-20 minutes
Apply the Ubtan
Rinse off with Water
Then enjoy the bath with perfumed soap
Dry with a towel and don a new attire.
This year the date and shubh muhurat for Abhyanga Snan shall be on 18th. November 2018, between 4.53 AM to 6.31 AM