Hartalika Teej, is one of the very important Teej festivals and is celebrated by women in Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra with much emotion and zeal. It is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (fortnight) in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad and this year, it will be observed on 24th August 2017.
The festival is celebrated in the honour of Maa Hartalika, who is also known as Goddess Parvati. Hartalika Teej is celebrated to commemorate the day when Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati’s love towards him. Women all across the country, married or unmarried celebrate this festival in order to be loved by their counterparts or get loving spouses.
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Emergence of Hartalika Teej
‘Harat’ translates to abduction and ‘aalika’ translates to a female friend. In accordance with Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati was going to get married to Lord Vishnu, a marriage that was set by her father, but she was in love with Lord Shiva instead. Her friends abducted her so she wouldn’t have to get married to Lord Vishnu and could woo Lord Shiva instead. However, his ascetic nature made it very difficult for her and she had taken 108 births as well as penance to receive Lord Shiva’s love. It is said that this day onwards, Goddess Parvati declared this day auspicious for women and proclaimed that whoever will perform certain rituals on this day will be blessed with a happy married life, which has come to be known as Hartalika Teej.
On the day of Hartalika Teej, women wake up early and bathe then proceed to wear new clothes and their finest jewellery. In some regions, solah shringar (16 elements) is prevalent among women. Early morning pujas are held in temples where they have to light a mud diya that has to be kept lit until the next day. Nirjala Vrat (water fast) is also done by women so they can be blessed by Goddess Parvati. Women also bring in Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s clay idols in the evening, where they get together and sing traditional Teej songs as well as swing on beautifully decorated swings in the garden.
On this day, women receive gifts from their parents and parents-in-law, which generally consists of the traditional laheria dress, bangles, henna, sindoor and sweets like ghewar. These gifts are collectively known as Shrinjhara or Sindhare.
Hartelika Teej 2017 Mahurat Timings
Pratahkal Hartalika Pooja Mahurat- 06:22 am to 08:54 am.
Pradoshkal Hartalika Pooja Mahurat- 19:00 pm to 20:27 pm.