India is known as the land of festivals. A festivals season starts during monsoon season. Hartalika Teej is one of the most important festivals which come after one month of haryali teej, during Shukla Paksha Tritiya. Three different Teej is celebrated in India and Nepal and known as:
- Hariyali Teej (Chhoti Teej or Shravana Tee)
- Kajari Teej (Badi Teej)
- Haritalika Teej
Hartalika Teej is celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra. Hartalika Teej will be celebrated on 24th August 2017. Hartalika Teej festival is dedicated to love of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married women do fasting on Hartalika teej, for long life of their husband or unmarried girls keep fast to get loving spouses.
Story for Hartalika Teej
According to Hindu mythology there is an intresting story behind Hartalika teej that, goddess parvati’s father want to do marriage of her daughter ( parvati) which Lorad Vishnu. But Goddess parvati was in love with Loard Shiva. Hartalika means abduction female friend (‘Harat’ = abduction and ‘aalika’ = female friend) Goddess Parvati was abducted by her friends so that she didn’t get married to Lord Vishnu on this day. Goddess Parvati put all her efforts to make Lord Shiva know about her love and affection for him. Goddess Parvati declared for this day that women who keep fasting on Hartalika teej will blessed with loving spouse and happy married life.
Hartalika Teej Puja Mahurat Timings
Puja Mahurat of hartalika teej for the morning will be 06:22 am to 08:54 am. And in evening pooja timinga will be 19:00 pm to 20:27 pm which is known as Pradoshkal Hartalika Pooja Mahurat.
Celebrations of Hartalika Teej
On Hartalika Teej, women receive gifts from their parents and parents-in-law, which is called as Sindhara and consists of traditional dress, bangles, mehndi, sindoor, bindi and sweets like ghewar. Women wear new clothes, jewellery and get ready by doing solah shringar. Then they visit temples for puja of Loard Shiva and Goddess Parvati along with muth dia. They also do Nirjala (without water) Vrat or fasting. Also they sing traditional Teej songs and play with swing on decorated swings in the garden.
Hartalika Teej Prasad and Bhog
On the festival of hartalika teej, women prepare various kinds of sweets like ghewar, phirni and peda for parshad. They also purchase fruits and offer that to goddess Parvati and Loard Shiva as parshad.