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Why do we celebrate Hartalika Teej?

Hartalika is formed by two words, harit (हरित) and talika (तालिका), the meaning of harit is kidnap or हरण करना while that of talika is friend or सखी, and teej refers to the monsoon festivals.

Hartalika teej is celebrated on 3rd day of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month Bhadrapada. This day is celebrated as Hartalika Teej because Devi Parvati friends did haran of her and took her to the jungle, Mata Parvati was in love with Shiva, but he was an ascetic and was not aware about her presence. In order to please him, the Goddess prayed for many years in the Himalayas. Finally, Lord Shiva noticed Goddess Parvati and realized her love and devotion, and they got married. Since then, the goddess is being worshipped as ‘Hartalika’ on this day.

The adherence of Vrat and pujan is to be bestowed with a husband like Shiva and life is spend loving, caring and sharing

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