Hartalika Teej is one such celebration that is generally celebrated, particularly in the Northern provinces of India. This teej celebration is an all-ladies festivity where hitched and unmarried ladies look for the gifts of Goddess Parvati. The teej celebration is commended each year in the period of July-August. Hitched and unmarried ladies commend this celebration by imploring and noticing teej vrat or fasting. Hartalika Teej is like another well known customary celebration – Karva Chauth.
It is observed on the Tritiya, or third day of the Shukla paksha, in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (waning phase of the moon). Hartalika Teej is one of three teej festivals observed around this time, with Hariyali Teej and Kajari Teej being the other two.
HOW WE CELEBRATE HARTALIKA TEEJ
Teej Vrat is a fast observed by married and unmarried women seeking a tranquil marital life and a loving spouse, respectively. Nirjala Vrata is observed by some women (fasting without water).
On the day of Hartalika Teej, women get up early in the morning. They put on new clothes, wear the most expensive jewellery, and receive numerous gifts from their parents and in-laws.
Bangles, vermilion, traditional Laherian dress, henna, and even varied sweets like ghewar are among the make-up or Sindhare gifts.
POOJA VIDHI OF HARTALIKA TEEJ
For puja, women congregate at a local temple or garden. They make a semi-circle around a Goddess Parvati idol, which is put in the centre. The Hartalika Puja begins with holy flower, sweet, and fruit offerings, followed by a group recitation of the holy Teej Katha.
Women present various holy objects to Goddess Parvati and pray for her blessings when the Hartalika Puja is completed. Women must also fire a mud diya, which must be maintained lighted throughout the night. Food is also given to young girls and brahmins at the Teej Vrat.
Apart from the northern areas of India, such as Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand, Maharashtra and the southern states of India recognise and celebrate Teej.
In Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, the Hartalika Teej festival is known as Gowri Habba. Women in Maharashtra, on the other hand, perform Hartalika Puja and observe Teej Vrat. They also dress in green, with golden bindis and green bangles.
DATE AND PANCHANG
Tithi:Amavasya upto 13:44
Nakshatra: Magha upto 20:19
Yoga: Shiva upto 25:57
First Karana: Naga upto 13:44
Second Karana: Kinstughna upto 26:17