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Hartalika Teej

 Hartalika Teej

The Hindu Calendar prescribes celebration of three major Teej in a year: Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. The Hartalika Teej is celebrated in August- September and celebrates the marriage between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Hartalika literally is made out of two words, ‘Harit’ meaning abduction and ‘alika’ meaning close friend. It is a Hindu festival celebrated by females all over North India to achieve marital bliss. It is also celebrated as Gowri Habba in Maharashtra.

 

Story Behind Hartalika Teej

 

The story revolves around Goddess Parvati, who had incarnated as Goddess Shailaputri, the daughter of the Himalayas. Unknowingly, Himalaya promises his daughter’s hand to Lord Vishnu in marriage. But, Goddess Parvati only admired Lord Shiva. She explained her circumstances to her best friend who took her to thick forests to avoid her unwanted marriage to Lord Vishnu.

 

Thus, the name Hartalika. Goddess Parvati then made a Shiva lingam from her hair and worshipped Lord Shiva, who became very happy and relented to marry Goddess Parvati. This day of marriage is henceforth celebrated as Hartalika Teej.

 

Why is it Celebrated

 

Hartalika Teej is an important festival for Hindu women to worship Goddess Parvati for happiness in their married lives. It is celebrated with fanfare in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand as processions of Goddess Parvati are taken out with the devotees dancing and singing along.

 

Muhurat

 

Hartalika Teej is observed during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. The Tithi begins at 5pm on 3rd September in 2006 and ends at 6:48 PM on 4th September. The puja timings are from 6:04 am to 8:34 am on 4th September.

 

Benefits

 

Through rigorous fasting and praying to Goddess Parvati on Hartalika Teej, married women are blessed with healthy life of their husbands while the unmarried girls are said to be blessed with a husband like Lord Shiva.

 

Products to perform the puja

 

Hartalika Teej is an auspicious day for Hindu women to worship Goddess Parvati for the longevity of their spouse. The rituals include:

 

  • Married women may fast for a complete day without even drinking a drop of water for the longevity of their spouse.
  • Makeshift idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made out of sand and clay. Goddess Parvati’s idol is decorated with fine clothes and jewellery.
  • These idols are worshipped and taken out as processions with singing and dancing devotees.
  • Married females tend to return to their parents home.
  • Females dress up in all finery and distribute fresh fruits and sweets among other females.
  • Fruits, flowers and sweets are offered to Goddess Parvati.