Hartalika Teej

Har­ta­lika Teej, a fes­ti­val for wom­en to impress God­dess Par­vati who bless­es them with a mar­riage like Shiva & Par­vati, or healthy life of their hus­bands.

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Har­i­ta­lika Teej is basi­cal­ly a North Indi­an fes­ti­val, which is cel­e­brat­ed amongst the peo­ple of Mad­hya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Har­ta­lika Teej is typ­i­cal­ly a women’s fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ed by the females of India to enchant God­dess Par­vati for her bless­ings. The bless­ings are tar­get­ed for good health and long life of the hus­bands of mar­ried wom­en, where­as unmar­ried wom­en pray for a hus­band like Lord Shiva.

Indi­ans believe that on this aus­pi­cious day, God­dess Par­vati was accept­ed by Lord Shiva. As per the sto­ry, Mata Par­vati was in love with Shiva, but he was an ascetic and was not aware about her. In order to impress him, the god­dess wor­shiped for many years in the Himalayas. Final­ly, Lord Shiva noticed God­dess Par­vati and real­ized her love and devo­tion, and they got mar­ried. Since then, the god­dess is being wor­shipped as ‘Har­ta­lika’ and ‘Teej Mata’ by the Indi­an ladies.Hartalika Teej is cel­e­brat­ed at the end of the Hin­du mon­th ‘Sawan’ and begin­ning of ‘Bhadra­pad’ or ‘Bhado’. Basi­cal­ly, the beau­ti­ful Har­ta­lika Teej day falls on the third day of the fort­night of Bhadra mon­th.

Wom­en are usu­al­ly seen in aus­pi­cious red, green and yel­low col­ored lehangas, suits and sarees. Wom­en start shop­ping for Teej well in advance. It gives them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to look beau­ti­ful of all. The most impor­tant rit­u­al is to beau­ti­fy hands with spe­cial mehandi designs. Ladies also wear new gold and dia­mond jew­el­ry.

The most impor­tant rit­u­al of Teej Fes­ti­val is Teej Fast. Wom­en and unmar­ried girls keep fast for long and healthy life of their hus­band. Teej fast goes for 24 long hours. It is the most rig­or­ous fast in which a wom­an nei­ther drinks nor eat.

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15 thoughts on “Hartalika Teej

  1. Won­der­ful post Ruchie. It was quite inter­est­ing to know in detail about this fes­ti­val. I was drawn to this post as soon as I read ‘Shiva’. Being a fol­low­er of Yoga and learn­ing it through Isha Foun­da­tion (Sad­hgu­ru) I have become an admir­er or may­be even a devo­tee of Shiva or the adiyo­gi (the first Yogi — an inter­est­ing read here, http://www.ishafoundation.org/us/blog/facts-about-the-evolution-of-yoga-the-origin-of-yoga/). And there­fore it was quite excit­ing to learn about this rit­u­al. Thanks 🙂

  2. First year of mar­riage I did cel­e­brate Teej with all the fast­ing and cel­e­bra­tions asso­ci­at­ed with it. Apply­ing Mehndi was the biggest attrac­tion for me. Now that I am way from my fam­i­ly and in Lon­don, don’t cel­e­brate it much.

  3. First year of mar­riage I did cel­e­brate Teej with all the fast­ing and cel­e­bra­tions asso­ci­at­ed with it. Apply­ing Mehndi was the biggest attrac­tion for me. Now that I am way from my fam­i­ly and in Lon­don, don’t cel­e­brate it much.

  4. aseemrastogi2 says:

    Had always heard about this fes­ti­val but didn’t know much about it until now and con­sid­er­ing am from UP my igno­rance is sure­ly not bliss :/. Thanks for bring­ing out the belief and the his­to­ry behind this fes­ti­val :).

  5. inquisitivegeet says:

    Lot of my friends fast for this day while I’m not a very fast­ing kind of a per­son. It’s a tra­di­tion fol­lowed amongst lot of peo­ple.
    Infor­ma­tion here very well described!

    Cheers
    Geets

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