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.

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 Responses

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

  2. indian beauty secrets says:

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

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

  4. purbajune says:

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

  5. Shubhra Rastogi says:

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

  6. sukrisblog says:

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. Prerna Wahi says:

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

  10. 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.

    • 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.

  11. 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

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

  13. Disha says:

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

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

  15. Meena says:

    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.

  16. Jheelam says:

    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.

  17. Anks says:

    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 🙂

  18. Varsh says:

    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.

  19. Priyal says:

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

  20. Sudip Saha says:

    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.

  21. Kalpana says:

    Thanks for giving this insight about Teej. Beautiful photos.

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

  23. roysashwata says:

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

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

  25. tinacharya says:

    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 !!

  26. Could totally relate to the post. Have grown around such rituals and traditions.
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  27. 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.

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

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

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

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

  32. 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!

  33. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    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

  34. Rashi Roy says:

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

  35. Deepa says:

    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.

  36. 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

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

  38. Sonam Jain says:

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

  39. 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.

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

  41. 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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  42. Very good write up.
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  43. alpanadeo says:

    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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    • 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

  44. 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!

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

  46. Celebrated my first teej yesterday

  47. Tina Basu says:

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

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

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

  50. msarora says:

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

  51. 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

  52. daisybala says:

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

  53. daisybala says:

    I celebrate Teej toon your description is beautiful 😊👏🏻

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