Hartalika is one of the significant pujas performed by married Maharashtrian women for a happy married life.
Nowadays unmarried women also perform this puja to get blessings for a good husband. In Sanskrit Hartalika is known as Nirjala Vrat, which is called as Hartalika Vrat. Hartalika Teej Vrat is done during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. On this day, makeshift statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi are made with the sand and worshiped for marital bliss and progeny.
In Maharashtra, on the Hartalika day, women gather and then sing as well as dance. During the time they help each other in getting ready. At the end of the day, women exchange gifts with their mother-in- law. On this day, women observe a tough fast that does not include water. Women decorate their houses, prepare delicious dishes and rejoice the day of the festival with great fun and frolic.
On the day of this puja, the women performing the puja maintain fasting. During the puja to Goddess Parvathi, various fruits are offered along with milk. The area where pooja takes place is decorated with lots of colourful flowers and leaves and a Shivlingam made from clay is placed near the idol. Small things like haldi-kumkum, coconuts, akshata (rice grains). panchamrut means five important things – (milk, curds, ghee, honey and sugar), oil, betel leaves and flowers like shevanti (शेवंती), jaswand (जास्वंद), mogra (मोगरा), ashok (अशोक), etc are offered to god. Once the pooja is completed it is followed by aarti and goddess Parvathi stories. In the evening, all women worship Goddess Parvati and only have fruits and water.
Hartalika Teej: A chance to Beautify Yourself
In Maharashtra, women normally wear green Saris, kajal, green Bangles and golden bindi for luck.
They gift colourfully adorned coconuts to other females. This is the day to embellish oneself with new clothes and jewellery. Applying mehndi on hands and feet is one of the exclusive features of Hartalika celebrations. They offer fresh fruits and green vegetables to the goddesses and beautifully painted coconut to their female relatives. The fasting rules of Hartalika Vrat are very tough yet it is fun. They celebrate by visiting their parent’s house, but they come back to their in-laws’ house for Hartalika.
Hartalika festival is not just about seeking blessings for the husband, it is also for stronger bonding between the families. It gives another reason to celebrate and take pleasure from the festival.
Understand the huge blessings of Goddess Parvati and do the Puja in an appropriate way. Hope Goddess Parvati gives you immense blessings and fulfils your wishes.
Wish you a very happy Hartalika!