If you too are planning to celebrate the auspicious festival, but aren’t sure of the pooja vidhi and what to cook as a prasad, then we have got your back. Here’s all you need to know about Hartalika teej rituals and foods prepared as a prasad.
According to the Hindu calendar, Hartalika Teej is one of the most important Teej celebrated in Tritiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada.
The shubh muhurat for Hartalika Teej will start from 2:33 am and will continue till 12:18 am on September 10. The pooja can be done in the pratah kaal as well as in the pradosh kaal.
The pratah kaal muhurat begins at 6:03 am and will continue till 8:33 am. Whereas the pradosh kaal muhurat will start from 6:33 pm to 8:51 pm.
According to the Hindu traditions, it is believed that worshipping Shiv Parivar on this day brings happiness and prosperity in the family. On this day married women come together to worship and celebrate the day by observing Nirajala fast, prepare delicious prasad, perform puja, sing folksongs and chant mantras to seek blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
On this day married women gather and celebrate the day with fervour. They dress up in beautiful attire, jewellery, apply mehndi and seek blessing for their marital life.
The day begins with taking a bath early in the morning. Then cleaning the place of worship and decorating it with flowers and earthen lamps.
The festival starts by preparing clay idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesh. After placing the idols, devotees take a Sankalp to complete the fast with dedication.
Delicious sweet delicacies are prepared and offered to the deity, which are later distributed among family and friends.
Shodashopachara puja of Lord Shiva and Parvati is done. This is followed by the Anga puja of Goddess Parvati. However, every culture has a different ritual to perform the puja. Lastly, the Hartalika Vrat katha is recited with a group of married women observing the fasts.
Foods prepared on Hartalika Teej
Foods are a quintessential part of this festival. On this day different types of sweets are prepared and offered as a bhog to the deity, which are later distributed and relished with friends and family. Here are a few foods that are prepared to celebrate the festival of Hartalika Teej.
To make this traditional delicacy, knead a dough and keep it aside. Next, prepare a delicious stuffing with coconut, jaggery, dry fruit and nuts. Take small dough balls, make small puris and add the stuffing, seal the corners. In the meantime, prepare a sugar syrup and keep aside. Next, deep fry the Gujiyas and dunk them in the sugar syrup and serve.
One of the most pious sweet delight prepared in every festival is a Kheer. To make a delicious creamy Kheer, boil full fat milk and keep stirring. Once the milk is reduced to half, add sugar, cream and rice. Simmer and cook. Lastly, garnish with dry fruits and nuts.
To make a quick Coconut Ladoo, just take a pan and add ghee. Toss the dry fruits and nuts and transfer them to a plate. Then in the same pan, add grated coconut cook till it turns brown in colour. Then take a tray and add the coconut, jaggery, fennel seeds, sesame seeds and dry fruits. Roll the Ladoos and serve.
If you are observing Phalahari fast, you can prepare a quick chaat with chopped fresh fruits like apples, grapes, banana and add some honey and lemon juice to accentuate the taste and enjoy.
This delicacy is not served as a prasad but it is one of the most loved Teej delicacies. To make a quick Kachori to celebrate the day. Just knead the dough, make small sized puris. In the meantime, prepare a spicy stuffing with boiled dal, spices and green chilies. Cook the stuffing and add them to the puris, seal the corners and deep fry. Serve hot with chutney.