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.
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.
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
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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