Hartalika Teej Vrat is observed during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. It will be celebrated on Thursday (September 9).
On this day, makeshift statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made with the sand and worshipped for marital bliss and progeny.
Legend Of Hartalika Teej
As per drigpanchang.com, Hartalika Teej is known by this name due to the legend associated with it.
Hartalika word is combination of Harat and Aalika which means abduction and female friend respectively. According to the legend of Hartalika Teej, a friend of Goddess Parvati took her to the thick forest so that her father cannot marry her to Lord Vishnu against her wish.
According to drigpanchang.com, the legend of Hartalika Teej was narrated by Lord Shiva while reminding Goddess Parvati about Her incarnation as Shailputri at the home of king Himalayaraj.
Devi Shailputri started penance to please Lord Shiva since her childhood. She prayed for twelve years, which was followed by another 64 years.
The king got worried about the future of her daughter. When Narada Muni came to see Shailputri, he lied and told that he has brought the marriage proposal for his daughter on behalf of Lord Vishnu.
Himalayaraj promised Lord Narada that he would marry his daughter to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu also accepted to marry Goddess Shailputri on the request of Narada Muni.
When Shailputri came to know about the promise of her father to get her married with Lord Vishnu, she left the home with her friend. She went to thick forest and lived in a cave near the river while penancing to please Lord Shiva. At last Lord Shiva got pleased and promised that he would marry her.
Haritalika Teej Puja Vidhi
The morning time is considered good to perform Hartalika Puja.
The main Puja steps are-
- Early morning bath with Sesame and Amalak powder
- Dressing up with fine clothes
- Sankalp to perform Hartalika Vrat to please Uma-Maheshwar
- Worship Lord Ganesh before worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
- Shodashopachara Pooja of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
- Anga Puja for Goddess Parvati
Sand made Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati should be worshipped and legend of Hartalika should be narrated during the Puja.
Haritalika Teej Puja Timings
Pratahkala Hartalika Puja Muhurat – 06:03 to 08:33
Duration – 02 Hours 30 Mins
Pradoshkala Hartalika Puja Muhurat – 18:33 to 20:51
Duration – 02 Hours 18 Mins
Tritiya Tithi Begins – 02:33 on Sep 09, 2021
Tritiya Tithi Ends – 00:18 on Sep 10, 2021
Hartalika Vrat is known as Gowri Habba in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and it is a significant festival to get blessing of Goddess Gowri.
On the day of Gowri Habba women observe Swarna Gowri Vratha to seek blessings of Goddess Gowri for happy married life.
Teej festivity is observed with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Three famous Teej(s) which are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months are –
- Hariyali Teej
- Kajari Teej
- Hartalika Teej