Hartalika Teej, a Hindu festival that worships Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for marital harmony, will be observed on September 1, Sunday. Hartalika Teej is celebrated in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Women dress up in new clothes, perform pooja, observe fast on this day for marital happiness. In parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, this teej festival is famous as Gowri Habba. The women who are married observe this fast for marital harmony and unmarried women keep fast to get a groom of their choice. The fasting is considered tough as women don't sleep or drink water during the day. Apart from Hartalika Teej, the other two important teej festivals are Hariyali Teej and Kajri Teej and are celebrated in different months.
Per drikpanchang.com, Hartalika Teej vrat date and time are:
Hartalika Teej on Sunday, September 1, 2019
Pratahkala Hartalika Puja Muhurat - 08:27 am to 08:34 am
Duration - 7 minutes
Pradoshkala Hartalika Puja Muhurat - 06:39 pm to 08:56 pm
Duration - 2 Hours 17 minutes
Tritiya Tithi Begins - 08:27 am on September 1, 2019
Tritiya Tithi Ends - 04:57 am on September 2, 2019
Hartalika Teej Legend
The word Hartalika comes from "Harat" and "Aalika"' which means "kidnapping of a woman friend". According to a legend associated with this Teej festival, Goddess Parvati's friend once took her to a thick forest so that her father could not marry her to Lord Vishnu against her wish. Idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made with sand are worshipped while the legend of Hartalika is narrated. The morning time or the Pratahkal Hartalika Puja Muhurat is considered auspicious to offer prayers to Goddess Parvati.