We celebrate the auspicious day of Hartalika Teej on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada. This year, Hartalika Teej will be observed in the 2nd week of September. On this day, elderly women observe a day-long fast. They worship Maa Parvati and Lord Shiva with full dedication. Puja rituals are organized mainly in the states of Rajasthan, MP, Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is believed that those who keep fast on this day may receive peace and harmony in their life.
This festival is celebrated with different names in different states of India. In the southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated as Gauri Habba or Swarna Gauri Vrat. Whereas in the states of Northern India, mainly Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand, it is celebrated as Hartalika Teej. But, when and how to celebrate this day? Give a full read to know Hartalika Teej date and timings.
Hartalika Teej Date and Time
|Muhurats /Tithi||Date / Timings|
|Hartalika Teej Date||9th September 2021 - Thursday|
|Tritiya Tithi Begins:||06:03 AM to 08:33 AM on 9th Sept 2021|
|Tritiya Tithi Ends:||06:33 PM to 08:51 PM on 10th Sept 2021|
Hartalika Teej Importance
Basically, Hartalika meaning is understood using two Sanskrit words, ‘Harat’ and ‘Alika’, which refer to ‘take away’ and ‘friend’ respectively. In Hinduism, there is a great significance of observing fast in order to get the blessings of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Therefore, devotees wake up early and organize puja before home temple wearing tidy clothes. They recite mantras in front of idols of Maa Parvati, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Some of them also perform Rudraabhishek Puja Vidhi in the evening and then conclude the fast by eating sweets. Alright, let us dig deeper to know its ancient story behind Hartalika vrat vidhi.
About Hartalika Teej’s Story
The ancient story tells us that when Maa Parvati took her 108th birth as the daughter of Himalaya, she did austerity for 12 years bearing harsh blows of every season. Young Maa Paravati’s father was worried about his daughter’s condition. One day sage Narada came to meet him and informed that Lord Vishnu is pleased with his daughter’s severe penance and wants to marry her. For anxious Giriraj, this proposal was nothing less than a boon, so he immediately accepted it. When Mother Parvati came to know about this, she became very distraught and told her dilemma to her friends that she wanted to marry Lord Shiva, not Lord Vishnu.
To help Parvati, her friends kidnapped Parvati and took her to a cave in a dense forest. In this cave, Parvati made a Shivling out of the clay and worshipped Lord Shiva with full engrossment. Soon, Lord Shiva’s seat started trembling, and he appeared to Mother Parvati. When Mata Parvati told him that she had accepted him as her husband long ago, Lord Shiva promised to accept her as his wife. This was the third day of Bhadrapada Shukla in Hasta Nakshatra. After Shiva promised her, Mother Parvati immersed Shivling in water and broke her fast. When Giriraj (Maa Parvati’s father) came to know about this whole incident, he apologized to Lord Vishnu and approved the marriage of Shiva-Parvati.
Hartalika Puja Vidhi
- On this day, devotees get ready wearing clean clothes, meditate in the name of Clan-deity, and then start preparing for Hartalika Teej pooja
- During Puja, women wear green or red coloured clothes along with ornaments and apply mehndi on their hands. During this whole day, women dress up like a new bride.
- Inside the home temple, idols of Shiva Parvati are made of clay and placed on a banana leaf lying on a plate.
- Then, Bilva leaves, flowers and fruits, dhatura and panchamrit are offered to these deities. Including that, honey is offered to Goddess Parvati.
- Later, aarti is performed with full rituals in all four prahars (time slots) by lighting incense sticks, camphor and ghee lamps.
- Devotees stay awake at night and spend the whole night chanting devotional songs. Some of them also listen to the Hartalika Teej Katha, the divine story that marks the union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.
- The next day, devotees end their fast, which is also known as Parana.
- Once all the puja rituals are completed, women touch their husband’s feet to seek his blessings and break their fast by eating prasad.
We have gone through the details of Hartalika Tritiya’s fasting rituals and its significance. Including that, we have also seen how to organize Hartalika Teej pooja vidhi on this day. On this note, we are signing off but before that, we wish you a happy Hartalika Teej in advance.