What is the legend or story of Hartalika Teej?
The legend of Hartalika Teej is mentioned in Hindu mythological texts and Puranas. After the death of Goddess Sati Devi, Shiva ignored the whole world and as well Goddess Parvati Devi. To get Shiva back, Parvathi observed severe penance. After the severe penance of Parvati for several years, Lord Shiva noticed her love and affection towards him and married her.
To learn the story of Parvati, check out this site: Sri Chinmoy.
As a commemoration of Goddess Parvathis love towards Shiva, Hartalika Teej is observed. On the day of Hartalika Vrat, women worship Goddess Parvati and to please her they offer some special recipes. This vrata is performed for husband’s health, prosperity and wellness.
Teej is celebrated just before the first day of Ganesha Chaturthi. Married women do 24-hour nirjala fasting (without water or fruit) for the wellness of their spouse and their married life.
Today, I am eating fresh fruits and Sabudana Kichdi and drinking lots of water. Tomorrow, my healthy and prosperous husband will take me out for a meal fit for a Gori Rajkumari! LOL