Hartalika Teej

Date    :   August 31, 2011
Venue :  North India

Hartalika Teej is an important religious fast observed by Hindu women in North India. It is one of the three Teej – the ritualistic festivals observed in the northern and western parts of the country, in honour of Goddess Parvati. The other two are Hariyali Teej and Kajari Teej.

The Hartalika Teej is observed mainly in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and in some parts of Maharashtra.

It is believed that unmarried women who observe the Hartalika Teej Vrat – vrat means fast – will be blessed with good husbands by the Goddess. Married women undertake the fast for continuing happiness in their conjugal life.

The fasting rules of Hartalika Teej Vrat are very strict. Some women don’t even drink water during the fasting period. The Goddess herself is supposed to have undertaken intense austerities for a hundred years to have Lord Shiva as her husband.