ALL ABOUT HARITALIKA TEEJ
The approaching festival of Hartalika Teej in 2023 holds great significance as it is a cherished women’s festival celebrated on the third day of the bright lunar fortnight, known as Tritiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha. This vibrant celebration is particularly prominent in regions like eastern UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, akin to the preceding Teej festivals, Kajari Teej and Hariyali Teej.
On this auspicious day, devotees venerate idols of Lord Shiva, Maa Parvati, and Lord Ganesha, typically crafted from sand or clay. Both married and unmarried women religiously observe the ‘nirjala’ fast, praying for the longevity of their husbands or for the opportunity to find their desired life partner. Below, you’ll discover further details about this festival.
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According to Drig Panchang, Hartalika Teej for the year 2023 is slated to be observed on Monday, September 18, 2023. The puja muhurat, commencing and concluding tithis for Hartalika Teej Tritiya, are also detailed below:
Muhurat of Hartalika Teej Puja 2023: 06:07 AM to 08:34 AM
Commencement of Haritalika Teej Tritiya Tithi: September 17, 2023, at 11:08 AM
Conclusion of Haritalika Teej Tritiya Tithi: September 18, 2023, at 12:39 PM
Historical Significance of Hartalika Teej:
The name “Haratalika” is formed from the words “alika,” signifying a female companion, and “harát,” indicating abduction. In the realm of mythology, it is narrated that Goddess Parvati undertook rigorous penance on the banks of the Ganga river with the intention of marrying Lord Shiva.
However, when her father, Himalaya, decided to marry her to Lord Vishnu upon seeing her in this state, Parvati shared her despair with her confidante. This friend, determined to assist Parvati, devised a plan to abduct her and took her to a dense forest.
There, Maa Parvati continued her spiritual practice until Lord Shiva, recognizing her unwavering devotion, agreed to their union. Ever since this event, women have observed Hartalika Teej to secure a husband of their choice.
Hartalika Teej Celebrations:
Women, whether married or single, diligently adhere to a ‘nirjala vrat,’ refraining from food and drink for approximately 24 hours. On this special day, worshippers pay homage to Lord Ganesha, Maa Parvati, and Lord Shiva. A delightful feast is prepared, featuring dishes such as bedmi poori, raseele aloo, dal baati, besan kadhi, malpua, ghevar, kheer, thekua, and gujia. Married women receive gifts like clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and more from their families while being pampered both at their parental homes (mayke) and in their marital homes (sasural).
To mark the occasion, women adorn their hands with intricate mehendi designs and don traditional attire, often favoring shades of green and red. In several regions across the country, women stay awake all night during their fast and join fellow women in singing traditional songs. The fast concludes on the following morning, usually accompanied by a group Teej Puja ceremony.