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Hartalika Teej

Hartalika is a combination of “harit” and “aalika” which means “abduction” and “female friend” respectively. According to the legend of Hartalika Teej, Goddess Parvati was the daughter of himalaya who promised her hand in marriage to Lord Shiva. Upon hearing this, Goddess Parvati told her friend of her father’s decision whereupon the friend took Goddess Parvati to the thick forest so that her father would not marry her to Lord Shiva against her wish.

On the third day of the bright half of Bhadrapud, Goddess Parvati made a Shiva lingam out of her hair and prayed. Lord Shiva was so impressed that he gave his word to marry Goddess Parvati. Eventually, Goddess Parvati was united with Lord Shiva and was married to him with her father’s blessing. Since then, the day is referred to as haritalika teej as Goddess Parvati’s female (aalika)friend had to abduct (harit) her in order for the Goddess to achieve her goal of marrying Lord Shiva. In some versions, Goddess Parvati is narrated as being incarnated as Goddess Shailaputri.

Accordingly, Hartalika Teej is seen as a major festival and is celebrated on the third day of the bright half of the North Indian Lunar month of Bhadrapud. The festival involves a 24 hours fast. The focus is on praying to Goddess Parvati.

Sanstha Siddhivinayk provides a devoted place to the women’s of dewas and nearest rural areas to worship and to celebrate the Teej festival together in the premises of sanstha siddhivinayak, the team maintains its dignity by restricting the entry of males in premises, women’s enjoys dance and celebrate the festival in joyuous and decorative atmosphere with the melodious bhajans and rhythms…

 

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