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Hartalika Teej
 

About 2015 Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej- A Fast for Husband’s Long Life
16th September 2015 (Wednesday)
 
EkadashTritiya Tithi
On 15th, Tritiya Tithi begins = 17:27
On 16th, Tritiya Tithi ends = 20:10
On 16th, auspicious time for worship = 06:09 to 08:36 (2hr 26mt )
On 16th, auspicious time for worship = 18:21 to 20:01 (1hr 39mt )
  

 

Hartalika Teej is Hindu festival for married ladies who observe a fast on this day in order to attain a long and healthy life for their husbands and enjoy marital bliss for a long time. The festival is celebrated on the third day of the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September), according to the Hindu calendar. The festival also signifies the arrival of monsoon and women enjoy the day with showers of rain and cool breezes. It symbolizes renewal of earth after long and harsh summer.

 
The day brings joy and celebration to women of northern and western India. It is mainly celebrated in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. Though the day also holds significance in Southern states, it is celebrated as Gowri Habba in which women seek blessings from GauriGauriGauri
Gauri is another form of Parvati who is known for her fair skin and radiance. She is a gentle goddess who is kindhearted and nurturing...
, rather than Parvati, who is only another form of Shakti.
 
Legend
 
According to the legends, Goddess ParvatiParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
was immensely in love with the ascetic ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
who wanted to stay away from familial bonds. He was happy being a wanderer and didn’t want to have a marital life and settlement. Parvati was adamant on her decision and thus she started performing penance. She made a Shiv Lingam with sand and prayed to it for days without even consuming food. Shiva finally appeared before her and agreed to marry. The day is dedicated to their special bond and Parvati’s love which made the impossible, possible.
 
Though this legend is common to all the teej festivals, the one striking feature of this day is that Parvati’s father was against her marriage to Shiva and wanted her to marry someone else. To save her from her father’s anger and forcefulness, Parvati was abducted by one of her female friends who hid her in a dense forest. The festival derives its name from this incident as Hartalika is a combination of two words i.e., ‘Harta’ meaning abduction and ‘Aalika’ meaning a female companion.
 
Rituals
 
After getting up before sunrise and taking a bath, women dress themselves in beautiful attire. They wear numerous pieces of jewelry and get ready like a newlywed bride. Attire, generally of green color is prefered as it depicts freshness and renewal. they also wear matching green bagels. They use flowers in their adornments. Women, along with their other family members, decorate the house. The place of worship is washed and decorated.
An idol of Shiva and Parvati is made up of sand is used for worshipping and performing the other rituals. Women offer items like henna, vermilion, flowers etc., to Parvati as they symbolize marital status of a women. Lord Shiva is offered fruits and incense sticks. Women also offer gifts to their mother-in-law and sister-in-laws. Female friends and relatives living nearby can also be presented by various items. Couples often sit together at the time of Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadand listen to the above mentioned story. There are two different auspicious durations of time for performing puja. it can either be done in the morning or in the evening but true devotees prefer doing it both the times. 
 
Women observe a fast without water but prepare number of sweets like Kheer It is a sweet pudding made up of rice, broken wheat, milk and sugar. It is often flavored with dry fruits and cardamomand Ghewar for their family members and to complete their fast by consuming such items after the day is over.
 
As the day is an important one for women, they mainly rest and have fun on the day. Despite staying without food throughout the day, their zeal and enthusiasm stays commendable. They play around with their friends and indulge into merry-making. They shop and apply henna in their palms. Local groups also organize small functions like singing and dancing competition for ladies. Swing sets are made by putting ropes on tree trunks and women enjoy the set-up. The day becomes a cultural event and is filled with happiness. 
 
Significance
 
The fast observed by women is to assure a long life for their spouses. Just like Parvati showed her dedication and devotion to Shiva, similarly by observing a fast without consuming food or water, women show their love and devotion to their husbands. They also pray to get married to the same man in all of their future lives.
 
Women who are unmarried seek for a perfect match for themselves. They hope to be loved, respected and honored by their husbands like Shiva, who proved to be an ideal husband. Also according to the legend, Shiva did inform Parvati that whosoever will observe this fast will be blessed like her with a loyal companion. 
 
 

 



 

 
 
 

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