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.
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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