Hartalika Teej is observed on the Tritya Tithi of Shukla Paksh in Bhadrapada Month. It is celebrated by women for blissful married life. On this day, women do a Nirjala Vrat, which means fasting without water. Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are worshipped on this day. This time the auspicious day falls on 9 September. The name "Hartalika" is derived from two words, Harat which means 'abduction', and Aalika which means 'female friend' respectively.
Hartalika Teej Subh Mahurat
Hartalika Teej will fall on 9 September, Thursday. Hartalika Teej Mahurat will begin on 2:30 AM and will continue till 12:57 AM on September 10.
Hartalika Teej Vrat Puja Mahurat will begin in the morning at 6:45 AM and end at 8:12 AM.
The Pradosh Kal Vrat Puja Mahurat will commence in the evening from 5:16 till 6:45 in the night.
The story of Hartalika Teej
According to Indian mythology, Goddess Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva, but her father wanted her to marry Lord Vishnu. So, on the day of her marriage, Goddess's friend took her to a dense forest to save her from the wedding with Lord Vishnu. In the forest, the Goddess spent years praying to Lord Shiva. Eventually, Shivji accepted her prayers and appeared before her, and also accepted her as his wife. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati on the day of Hartalika Teej.
The significance of Hartalika Teej
Hartalika Teej is celebrated by women with a lot of enthusiasm. It is celebrated to worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to wish for a happy blissful married life and for their partner's health and prosperity. On this day, women wake up early in the morning, wear new clothes, perform puja and observe a Nirjala Vrat. Women also recite the Hartalika Teej story, do bhajans, chant the mantra of Shiv-Parvati, and end the fast by doing aarti and distributing prasad. Unmarried girls also do a fast on Hartalika Teej to wish for an ideal husband.
The rituals of Hartalika Teej
On Hartalika Teej, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesha are worshipped. The three idols' murti is prepared using soil and worshipped with all the proper rituals. This Vrat is a Nirjala Vrat, which means without water. Women performing this Vrat keep a fast and do not eat and drink. The Parana of this Vrat is performed on the next day. Women do puja, chant mantras, and sing bhajans all night. It is important for a woman performing Vrat to listen to the Vrat Katha.
According to popular Hindu belief, if you start keeping Hartalika Vrat, then you should keep following it throughout your life. It is considered auspicious to offer silk clothes to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva and to do Hartalika Teej Vrat Puja after the sunset. If performed properly, a woman gets the blessings of the respective idols and good luck in married life, and the unmarried girl gets the ideal husband.