Festivals & Traditions

Hartalika puja हरतालिका-व्रतपूजा

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.

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.

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 thoughts on “Hartalika puja हरतालिका-व्रतपूजा”

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 !!

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.
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  16. 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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    1. 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

  17. 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!

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