New Delhi: The auspicious occasion of Hartalika Teej is here and it is the time when womenfolk pray to Lord Shiva and his consort Mata Parvati for their blessings. 'Teej' basically refers to monsoon festivals celebrated in various parts of the country.
Teej refers to the third day which falls each month after the new moon or the Amavasya, and the third day after the full moon night of every month. There are various types of Teej celebrated in the country. The monsoon festival of Teej includes—Haryali Teej, Kajri Teej and Hartalika Teej respectively.
Date and Time:
This year, Hartalika Teej is celebrated on September 12. According to Drikpanchang.com, here are the Hartalika Puja Timings:
Pratahkal Hartalika Puja Muhurat = 06:08 to 08:35
Duration = 2 Hours 27 Mins
Tritiya Tithi Begins = 18:04 on 11/Sep/2018
Tritiya Tithi Ends = 16:07 on 12/Sep/2018
Legend and significance:
As per Hindu mythology, the legend behind celebrating Hartalika Teej has it that Mata Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya was incarnated as Goddess Shailaputri. Her father has promised to marry her with Lord Vishnu after Narada Muni suggested it. When Goddess Parvati got to know of this, she immediately went to her friend and told her about King Himalaya's plan. Then, it is believed that Goddess Parvati's friend to her to the forest so that she stays away and the marriage plan which was against her wish never happens.
Then, Goddess Parvati on the third day of the Bhadrapada made Shiva Lingam out of her hair and prayed to the Lord. Shiva was mighty impressed by her dedicated and tapasya, finally agreeing to marry Goddess Parvati.
Soon, Goddess Parvati's family too got to know of her preference and after some convincing, the union between Lord Shiva and Parvati happened. Their wedding was a huge affair where the gods were part of the marriage ceremony. The goddess's mother and father blessed the divinity.
Meanwhile, the Goddess had made Lord Vishnu her brother, as per popular belief.
Since then, the day is referred to as Hartalika Teej. Because Goddess Parvati's female (aalika) friend sort of abducted her (harit) to the forest so that Mata can marry Lord Shiva.
The festival of Hartalika Teej is celebrated on the third day of the bright half of the North Indian Lunar month of Bhadrapada.
On this day, women dressed in bright new clothes pray to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. They observe a fast (also known as nishivasar nirjala vrat) which commences during the evening of Hartalika Teej and is broken the next day after a full day's observance which involves women not even drinking water.
The devotees pray to Mata Parvati who prayed to get married to Lord Shiva. The goddess is worshipped under the name of Hartalika or Maa Hartalika.
Hartalika Teej is celebrated with much grandeur chiefly in the states of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
Here's wishing our readers a happy Hartalika Teej!