Hartalika Teej is a festival celebrated by Hindus. According to the Hindu calender on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight of lunar month which culminates in full moon day) in month of Bhadrapada which is generally in August or September and mostly a day before Ganesh Chaturthi.
After Hariyali Teej and Kajali Teej, Hartalika Teej is the third and the biggest of the various variation of Teej of the year.
On this day married women and girl of many Hindu communities wear green colour clothes and dress up beautifully and observe the Hartalika Vrat (fast) especially in Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. They worship Goddess Parvati or Mata Parvathi or ‘Teej Mata’ made of clay. It is said that by fasting and praying on this day Goddess Parvati married women are blessed with healthy life of their husband while the unmarried girls are said to be blessed by a husband like Lord Shiva. This pooja is generally performed in group at the most convenient place where all women can easily gather.
On this day idol of Goddess Parvati covered under a clothes is taken out in a Palki (palanquin). The procession is accompanied by several elephants and camels which is the most attractive part of it. Even a fair is organized on this day in few cities.
Women read ‘Hartalika Katha’ or ‘Teej Katha’ and a special prayer is narrated at the end of the day to pay homage to Goddess Parvati. At the end women sit over the whole night and celebrate by singing and dancing.
Hartalika Teej 2016 Date :
In 2016, Hartalika Teej Vrat will be on Sunday, 4th September 2016.