Today is hartalika Teej of 2018. Teej falls on the third day after a full and a new moon night. Hartalika Puja is performed every year during Shukla paksha tritiya of Bhadrapada month. It is mostly celebrated a day before the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and generally falls one day before “Ganesh Chaturthi” and three days after ‘pola’ Amavasya.

हरतालिका तीज

सौभाग्य का व्रत हरतालिका तीज भाद्र शुक्ल तृतीया तिथि को किया जाता है। इस पूजा में शिव-पार्वती की मूर्तियों का विधिवत पूजन किया जाता है और फिर हरतालिका तीज की कथा को सुना जाता है. इस पूजा में शिव-पार्वती की मूर्तियों का विधिवत पूजन किया जाता है और फिर हरतालिका तीज की कथा को सुना जाता है.

हरतालिका दो शब्दों से बना है, हरित और तालिका. हरित का अर्थ है हरण करना और तालिका अर्थात सखी. यह पर्व भाद्रपद की शुक्ल तृतीया को मनाया जाता है, जिस कारण इसे तीज कहते है. इस व्रत को हरितालिका इसलिए कहा जाता है, क्योकि पार्वती की सखी (मित्र) उन्हें पिता के घर से हरण कर जंगल में ले गई थी.
Hartalika Teej vrat has immense significance for Hindu women. On this day they worship Goddess Parvati with full dedication to be blessed with a prosperous domestic life. On this day statue of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made of mud/Soil from Tulsi flower pot for worshiping. It’s made of clay because the story says goddess Parvati also did puja of clay shivling in deep forest to pray to have only God Shiva as her husband….
The mud idols are then worshiped for marital bliss. Women- both old and young observe a fast on this day and worship Goddess Parvati. It is a belief that observation of such a fast would result in the prolonged healthy life of their husband and a blessed strong marriage like that of Shiva and Parvati.
How it is celebrated
In some parts in India, An idol of the goddess is clad in bright, beautiful colours and a procession is carried out which includes the idol sitting in a palanquin. Some devotees also worship the idol of Lord Shiva. Women offer prayer, sweets, rice in turmeric powder and flowers along with coins, A lot of leaves from different trees and flowers are used for ritual and are put forth as holy offerings. The holy katha is narrated and all the women focus their thoughts on the well being of their husband- their soul-mate.
Apart fom the prayers, women do ‘shringar’ or make-up and look beautiful by wearing new clothes, wearing jewellery and adorning themselves with bangles and mehendi on their hands. They also wear a bindi on their forehead as a sign of blissful married woman.
Next day udyapan (उद्यापन) is done with nevedyam(नैवेद्यम्)of curd and rice and then the clay idols are submerged in water.
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92 Comments

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · 12th September 2018 at 03:41

Did not have much idea about this Puja, thanks for the details.

indian beauty secrets · 12th September 2018 at 04:17

I love reading up on traditions…I have never heard of this tradition. It is so interesting that we have so many festivals

Akshata Ram · 12th September 2018 at 05:36

Thanks for this detailed write up I wasnt aware of this puja. The pics make it look so beautiful

purbajune · 12th September 2018 at 05:36

A beautiful and informative post. Loved reading about the festival.

Shubhra Rastogi · 12th September 2018 at 05:37

Thanks for such a detailed explanation of this puja. #MyFriendAlexa

sukrisblog · 12th September 2018 at 05:54

I was always curious to know about this festival. Thanks for sharing.

mommytincture · 12th September 2018 at 05:56

My mom has been fasting on this day ever since her wedding. But never knew the exact significance of this day. Informative post.

vartikasdiary1 · 12th September 2018 at 06:18

I have seen my Mom and Aunts performing all the rituals of this pooja since childhood, your pots took me to those days, very well explained.

Prerna Wahi · 12th September 2018 at 08:12

Wow. I didn’t know so many details about this festival. Thanks for sharing them!

Mann (@Munkaun) · 12th September 2018 at 08:22

Being Hindu, I didn’t have idea about this TEEj though I know the previous one of which the swings, mehandi and Ghewar are part. Today My maid who is from Nepal told me about her fast and how it resembles the karwachauth except for the fact that you break it next morning!!! Interesting post.
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    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 08:28

    Yes one is hariya teej and this is hartalika teej depending on i think the position of Sun in northern & central India in panchang i suppose.
    Yes you are right this is tough fast as it gets over the next day morning with curd rice.

sujatatawde · 12th September 2018 at 08:31

Haritalika vrat is popular in our Maharashtra too. We celebrate it with similar enthusiasm . The rituals are a bit different . Glad to know the details . #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawadeReads

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 11:40

    I’m myself from Maharashtrian background, glad to know the connection.

Ishita Hurkat · 12th September 2018 at 08:52

I hadn’t heard of this particular teej before. Nicely written.

Disha · 12th September 2018 at 09:20

My family celebrates this Teej, but I was not aware of so much history about it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Kalpana Manivannan · 12th September 2018 at 09:21

I wasn’t aware of the significance of this festival. Thanks for writing this post .

Meena · 12th September 2018 at 09:23

Not heard of this festival. In Karnataka, day before Ganesha chaturthi is celebrated as Gowri habba. The mother of Ganesha, Goddess Gowri is welcomed and puja is performed.All the married daughters of the house are called and bagina is given to them.

Jheelam · 12th September 2018 at 09:35

Haven’t heard about Puja before. This is so wonderful to know the various customs from different parts of my country. Thanks for sharing the details.

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 11:44

    Yes Indian is known for its diverse cultures and traditions followed and I love exploring them.

Anks · 12th September 2018 at 09:52

So many traditions that we know nothing about. Personally, am not a big fan of fasting for every celebration (almost!) but the whole making of clay idols, worshipping them and immersing them sounds like a great ritual 🙂

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 11:44

    Traditions are part of our Indian culture and I too try to find the scientific reasons behind it before i follow them.

Varsh · 12th September 2018 at 10:38

My mother observed a fast and did a Hartalika puja but it isn’t followed as much at my in-laws’ home. I did take part in the puja at my friend’s place today. Thanks for sharing this.

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 11:42

    You must have enjoyed hartalika games at friends place, Happy teej.

Priyal · 12th September 2018 at 10:43

Never have this much of idea about Shiv , Parvatijee puja , Thanks for written something so informative about festivals

Sudip Saha · 12th September 2018 at 11:32

This is the first time I’m visiting your blog. It’s totally different from the ones that I have seen so far. Loved the ‘Panchatatva’ concept of your blog. A beautiful blog on Indian culture and traditions. Thanks for enlightening us with Hartalika puja.

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 11:56

    Thanks for such lovely words for my blog.

Kalpana · 12th September 2018 at 12:00

Thanks for giving this insight about Teej. Beautiful photos.

☆Novemberschild☆ (@romspeaks) · 12th September 2018 at 12:21

This practice Hartalika Teej marks the conclusion of this sacred occasion, which is practiced whole-heartedly in India.

roysashwata · 12th September 2018 at 12:26

Had very little idea about this puja. Thanks for sharing and enlightening

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:28

    My pleasure, thanks for reading

Puspanjalee Das Dutta · 12th September 2018 at 12:35

We don’t celebrate teej in Assamese community. So, I definitely enjoyed reading about this festival.

tinacharya · 12th September 2018 at 12:36

In Odisha it is observed as Bali Tritiya. The rituals are more or less same but In Odisha The women keep a Nirjala Brata(Without water). That’s why it is considered bit tough. However, not all house hold have this Brata to perform. In my mayaaka this Brata is mandotory but in my Sasural…its not there.HAPPY TEEZ. Lovely Sharing !!

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:31

    yes it is nirjala in Maharashtra too, which gets over the next morning with curd rice, it’s tough i agree, but its for love and life of your loved one’s.

Manas Mukul · 12th September 2018 at 12:37

Could totally relate to the post. Have grown around such rituals and traditions.
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Anshu Bhojnagarwala · 12th September 2018 at 12:40

I have heard of hartalika teej, but I don’t know any women around me who celebrates it. So haven’t been a part of this beautiful celebration. Sounds like Karva Chauth where married women deck up and pray for the health and longevity of their husband.

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 17:48

    Yes it’s similar to karwa chauth. With few cultural add-ons

Nupur Maskara (@nuttynupur) · 12th September 2018 at 13:01

You told me something my m in law hasn’t!

    PraGun · 12th September 2018 at 17:50

    Glad, & in my case my mil has only told me all as I’m very inquisitive & always asking queries to her related to these traditions & festivals.

Shree Janani · 12th September 2018 at 13:08

Being from another part of the country it is interesting to read about different practices. Thanks for sharing this!

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:31

    thanks for reading

Sanjota Purohit · 12th September 2018 at 13:42

My neighbor grandma used to do this pooja when I was a kid. We call it Gouri Pooja which has similar story and process.

Nidhi Rawal Gautam · 12th September 2018 at 13:58

Finally I know what Hartalika Teej is all about. Thank you.

manpreetkaur93 · 12th September 2018 at 14:40

Never knew about any of this. I live in north india and haven’t even seen the festivities of ganesh chathurthi. Reading this was enlightening. There’s so much i need to learn about the cultures of my own country!

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:36

    Yes that’s the beauty of incredible India

Dr. Surbhi Prapanna · 12th September 2018 at 14:40

Love the theme of your blog and this post is really helpful. I am doing this since childhood. you had explained all things in detail

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:48

    thanks for such lovely words for my blog, thanks for reading

Rashi Roy · 12th September 2018 at 14:48

I just finished the evening aarti of today’s teej and read your post 🙂 Such a coincidence! Very well written 🙂

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:48

    wow that my pleasure, happy teej to you

Deepa · 12th September 2018 at 14:50

Good to know about this festival in detail. Teej is celebrated by many of my friends and its nice to see them getting ready in colourful clothes and sringar.

momsmethods · 12th September 2018 at 15:37

Just today a friend was telling me about the puja she performed at home and the significance… Loved reading up more details on the same

romagptasinha · 12th September 2018 at 15:48

I am fasting for Teej today dear, thanks for taking the readers through the customs dear.

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:49

    Happy Teej to you dear, my pleasure, thanks for reading

Sonam Jain · 12th September 2018 at 16:31

I had no idea about this teej festival.. Thanks for sharing and helping me to know our Hindu culture.. Also your blog is lovely

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:50

    Thanks for Reading, indeed Indian/ Hindu cultures and traditions are lovely and Thanks for liking my blog, keep visiting

Vandana Mathur · 12th September 2018 at 17:05

Thanks for sharing the details of this puja. I had participated in this puja at my neighbour’s place when I was in Bhopal. She used to fast the whole day and night and used to keep awake the whole night. It is a really difficult fast.

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:50

    Glad to know, yes it’s bit difficult coz it gets over the next morning but its for the love and life of our loved ones.

TheMomSagas · 12th September 2018 at 17:09

Never knew so many details of this puja! Thanks for sharing. 👍🏻

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:51

    Thanks for reading

momlearningwithbaby · 12th September 2018 at 17:54

We don’t celebrate Hartalika Teej, but I know a lot of friends and relatives who do. The best part of such Indian traditions is dressing up, get together and whole cheerful atmosphere.
#MyFriendAlexa #Momlearningwithbaby #Blogchatter

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:52

    Yes Indian traditions and culture makes India more incredible and beautiful

Sindhu Vinod Narayan · 12th September 2018 at 17:57

Very good write up.
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sonamchamaria · 12th September 2018 at 17:57

So informative!

alpanadeo · 12th September 2018 at 18:43

I grew up in IIT Kanpur but we had a couple of Maharashtrian families and we used to celebrate Ganapati. Hartalika Pooja bring back memories when I was a kid and all the other aunties would join for this Pooja. In Maharashtra, we celebrate it in a different way.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you!!
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    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 03:55

    Glad to know, lovely memories stay for lifetime.
    I’m from Maharashtra but have celebrated this way only, do share your way so i will get to know more about it.
    Happy ganesh chaturthi to you too

stunningmoon · 12th September 2018 at 19:20

In us Marwaris we celebrate Hariyali Teej which comes some days prior to this one I guess. Fasting but it involves different rituals and there is yummy Sattu to eat after breaking the fast!

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 04:15

    Yes i know hariyali teej it comes in august, yummy sattu i love it

blogitwithsurabhi · 12th September 2018 at 20:49

Great that you worte about a festival that not many people know! Happy Teej!

    PraGun · 13th September 2018 at 04:16

    happy teej, thanks it was my pleasure

MusafirHunYaaron · 13th September 2018 at 06:10

Celebrated my first teej yesterday

    PraGun · 14th September 2018 at 03:49

    Wow, happy first teej and Ganesha chaturthi

Tina Basu · 13th September 2018 at 12:43

so nice to read about the Teej traditions. We don’t have it in Bengalis and I am so unaware about these traditions.

    PraGun · 14th September 2018 at 03:42

    Thanks for reading

Blogsikka.com · 13th September 2018 at 16:26

Never heard of this teej, ur information is new to me.. #myfriendalexa

Blogsikka.com · 13th September 2018 at 16:26

Never heard of this teej, ur information is new to me.. #myfriendalexa

    PraGun · 14th September 2018 at 03:58

    Glad & thanks for reading

msarora · 13th September 2018 at 17:13

I was knowing about Ganesh Chaturthi but not knowing about it. Loved reading your post
#msarorasays

    PraGun · 14th September 2018 at 03:57

    Thanks for reading & appreciating.

PrettyMummaSays · 13th September 2018 at 18:36

I only knew the name of this festival but now I know a little more about it from your blog. Thanks for sharing. #surreads #myfriendalexa #blogchatter

    PraGun · 14th September 2018 at 03:33

    Thanks for reading, it’s my pleasure

daisybala · 15th September 2018 at 04:25

I celebrate Teej too and your description is beautiful 😊👏🏻

    PraGun · 16th September 2018 at 11:17

    Thanks & happy teej

daisybala · 15th September 2018 at 09:54

I celebrate Teej toon your description is beautiful 😊👏🏻

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