Hartalika Teej : why we celebrate and what is Significance

Hartalika Teej

Starting from Ekadashi, Shravana Somvaar, Nagpanchmi, Rakshabandhan, Teej and many more, auspicious month of Sawan is majorly famous for festivals. The fasting festivals in this month are of great magnitude. Numerous Hindu women observes this fast to gain blessings from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Teej (“third”) falls on third day of the full moon night of North Indian lunar month. Hartalika Teej is one of the three Teej including Hariyali Teej and Kajri Teej that are celebrated in some parts of India. This festival is mainly celebrated in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

History and Significance:

Hartalika teej is blend of two words “harit” and “aalika” which refers to “abduction” and “female friend” respectively. Parvati made a “Shivaling” out of her hair and prayed on the third day of the “Bhadrapud”. Thereafter God Shiva made a promise to Parvati for marriage. As per Hindu mythology, on the day of Hartalika teej God Shiva accepted Parvati as his wife after her several rebirths. The day is referred to as Hartalika Teej as Parvati’s female friend (aalika) had to kidnap (harit) her as Parvati’s father wanted to marry her to God Vishnu against her wish.

On this auspicious day, married women keeps fast for their husband to seek blessings from God Shiva and Parvati for a blissful and long life of their husband. Women observes the “nirjala” fast and breaks it on next day. They stay up whole night celebrating the togetherness of Shiva and Parvati accompanied by bhajans.

Hartalika Teej 2021 Date

Hartalika Teej will be celebrated on September 9 this year.

Hartalika Teej 2021 Tithi

The Tritiya tithi begins at 2:33 AM on September 9 and 12:18 AM on September 10.

Hartalika Teej 2021 Puja Timings and Puja Shubh Muhurat

One can perform Hartalika Teej Puja either during the morning or in the evening. Check out the timings below:

Hartalika Teej Prataha Kaal Puja Muhurat – 6:03 AM to 8:33 AM

Hartalika Teej Pradosh Kaal – 6:33 PM to 8:51 PM

How to observe fast:

On this day, married Hindu women observe a fast where they don’t drink and eat complete day. They dress up nicely with new cloths and ornaments and sing bhajans throughout the night.

In order to celebrate the reunion of Parvati and Shiva the devotees offer their prayer for a joyous marital life. In Rajasthan, an idol of  Goddess Parvati is taken out in parade in the streets with bunch of joy and music. Hartalika Teej is celebrated in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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