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Hartalika Teej – Why is Hartalika Teej Celebrated? Know

Hartalika Teej – Why is Hartalika Teej Celebrated? Know

Teej in Hindi signifies the third day after the no moon night (Amavsya) or the full moon night (Purnima). Hartalika Teej is one of the major festivals celebrated with fervour by Hindu women across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. The day is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, for her austerity in a dense forest to get married to Lord Shiva. Hartalika Teej 2023 is on September 18, Monday.

  • Pratahkala Hartalika Puja Muhurat – 06:07 AM to 08:34 AM
  • Duration – 02 Hours 27 Mins
Tritiya Tithi Begins – 11:08 AM on Sep 17, 2023
Tritiya Tithi Ends – 12:39 PM on Sep 18, 2023

Know Puja’s Tithi according to Hindu Panchang

Hartalika Teej Vrat has immense importance for Hindu women. It is believed that if an unmarried girl observes this fast religiously, she can get her soul mate, just as Goddess Parvati got Lord Shiva. The main objective of Hartalika Teej is to seek marital bliss along with progeny.

Hartalika means “abduction by a female friend”. According to the mythology, Goddess Parvati incarnated as Shailputri, who was the daughter of the Himalaya. On Narad’s suggestion, her father promised her hand in marriage to Lord Vishnu. But Parvati didn’t agree with her father’s decision so her friend took Parvati to a thick forest, so that her father would not marry her against her wish.

On the third day of the bright half of ’Bhadrapada, Goddess Parvati made a Shivalinga out of her hair and leaves. Impressed with her dedication, Lord Shiva gave his word to marry Parvati. Eventually, she was united with Lord Shiva and was married to him with her father’s blessing. Since then, the day is referred to as Haritalika Teej as Goddess Parvati’s female (aalika) friend had to abduct (harit) her in order for the Goddess to achieve her goal of marrying Lord Shiva.

Married women observed nirjala vrat in which they neither consume food nor drink water throughout the day. By fasting throughout the day, women seek the blessing for their husband, children, and own self. The devotees pray the statues of Shiva and Parvati for marital bliss to initiate the festival. Hartalika Teej comes a month after the celebration of Haryali Teej in India.

  1. A) Women observe fast without food or water (Nirjala Vrat), and pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
  2. B) They dress up like a bride with bindi, kum kum, mehendi, bangles, anklets and other accessories and take blessings of their husbands.
  3. C) In the evening, they gather and prepare Shivlinga with mud and cover it with flowers, bilwa leaves and dhatura. This Shivlinga is covered with a swing hanging above it, made with garlands.
  4. D) They worship Lord Shiva and chant mantras all through the night. They dance, sing and remain awake all night.

The puja ends with the narration of Vrat Katha early morning after which beautiful procession of goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are taken out. All women break their fast by eating Bilwa leaves followed by coconut Prasad and some fruits.

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1- What are the benefits of Hartalika teej vrat fast?
Fasting and reading Hartalika teej vrat katha is regarded as auspicious and very beneficial. It brings blessings as well as enhances your marital bonding.

2- Which mantra should be recited during this puja?
Chant these mantras for your soul mate and a blessed marital life
ॐ शिवाये नम:। ॐ उमाये नम:। ॐ पार्वत्यै नम:। ॐ जगद्धात्रयै नम:। ॐ जगत्प्रतिष्ठायै नम:। ॐ शांतिरूपिण्यै नम:।
ॐ नम: शिवाय। ॐ हराय नम:। ॐ महेश्वराय नम:। ॐ शम्भवे नम:। ॐ शूलपाणये नम:। ॐ पिनाकवृषे नम:। ॐ पशुपतये नम:।

A vrat should never be undertaken blindly. Lack of awareness and ignorance will not help you anyway. Teej Vrat should be followed meticulously for bountiful blessings. One should not think of the hardships we may have to face when observing it.

So enjoy the auspicious Hartalika Teej and seek blessings from Shiv Parvati.

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