Indian is the land of diverse festivals and celebrations, various cultures, and traditions. As cultures and religion differ, the beliefs also differ interestingly. In ancient times, the festivities were uncountable. Some festivals and customs are lasted for generations and continuing, and many vanished.
Hartalika Teej is one of such Hindu festivals, widely celebrated, especially in North India and Nepal. In India, several Teej festivals are celebrated, such as Haryali Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej. Surprisingly, only women celebrate all Teej festivals.
The married, as well as unmarried ladies, observe Hartalika Teej seeking blessings from Goddess Parvati. Hartalika Teej is performed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (waning moon) in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (July-August).
Hartalika Teej Vrat:
On this day, women wake up early in the morning, bathe and wear new clothes, and adorn themselves with jewelry. Women keep fast the entire day, known as Hartalika Teej Vrat, pray and dance to celebrate, and later perform Teej puja by offering flowers, sweets, and fruits to the goddess Parvati idol. This festival is quite similar to another traditional Karva Chauth Festival. The puja ends with the narration of holy Teej Katha.
The fasting on Hartalika Teej is to attain a peaceful married life and a loving husband, respectively. A clay lamp should be kept lit all night long.
Perform Hartalika Teej puja and celebrate this festival to have blessings from goddess Parvati, also for the enhancement of your married life.
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