Happy Hartalika Teej!

Haritalika Teej

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

Sabudana Kichdi


5 thoughts on “Happy Hartalika Teej!

  1. Hi Aurora Vahini,

    Unmarried girls also fast on this day, so as to get better future husbands than they know thay are going to get!

    For us males, we are happy that Shraavan month is over and we can at last shave our month-long growth!


    • Hey Jayesh! You are totally right! Thanks for pointing that out! One whole month of beard growth? Eww itchy. Ok, my one day of fasting (for this month anyway :P) to your whole month of itchy beard growth…..hmmm…..you win! 🙂

      Ganpatti Bappa, Morya!!

      • Yeah, real itchy….
        Only at the beginning, though!

        You get used to things for a couple of weeks, till…..
        Your moustache grows and decides to enter your mouth!

        Plus fasting on EVERY Monday!

        Thank God, its over!

        Its tradition in my family for unmarried males….

        Karave lagte!
        Not everyone’s as lucky as Bear bhau!;-)

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