Hartalika Teej 2023 Date, Time, Vrat Katha: One of the most auspicious festivals for Hindus, Hartalika Teej celebrates Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and their marital harmony. The festival is celebrated mostly in the northern part of the country, where women fast, pray and apply henna on their hands. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati had observed a fast to attain Lord Shiva as her husband.
It is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month, which overlaps with the months of August-September of the Gregorian calendar. This year, it will be marked on September 18, which is a Monday.
According to Drik Panchang, Pratahkala Hartalika Puja Muhurat begins at 06:07 am and ends at 08:34 am. Tritiya Tithi, on the other hand, begins at 11:08 am on September 17 and ends at 12:39 pm on September 18.
Hartalika word is a combination of Harat and Aalika which means abduction and female friend respectively. Drik Panchang shared that according to the legend of Hartalika Teej, the friend of Goddess Parvati took her to the thick forest so that her father could not marry her to Lord Vishnu against her wish.
The Hartalika Puja is best performed during the morning time. If morning puja is not possible, then Pradosh time is also considered auspicious, it noted. “Teej Puja should be done after taking an early bath and getting dressed up with fine clothes. Sand made Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati should be worshipped and the legend of Hartalika should be narrated during the Puja.”
Vratraj, a religious text, gives detailed ‘vidhi’ to perform Hartalika puja. The festival is celebrated by females only, although the text does not mention anything of the sort. The main puja steps, as per Vratraj, are as follows:
* Early morning bath with sesame and amalaki powder
* Dressing up with fine clothes
* Sankalp to perform Hartalika vrat to please Uma-Maheshwar
* Worship Lord Ganesha before worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
* Anga puja for Goddess Parvati
For the puja, essential items like puja utensils, sandal, turmeric, ghee, saffron, camphor, incense sticks, honey, coconut, kumkum, etc., are required.