The festival of Hartalika Teej will be celebrated in the capital Delhi on Friday. Women have been preparing for this fast for several days. Women especially from the Purvanchal region observe this fast. On Thursday, before the fast, the women reached the markets of New Delhi and Old Delhi and shopped and applied mehndi to decorate. At the same time, in the Gauri Shankar temple of Old Delhi, complete preparations have been made for the Hartalika Teej. Every year a large number of women visit the temple to worship Maa Gauri. Hartalika Puja Muhurta lasted from 5.4 am to 5.30 am on Friday morning.
Gauri Shankar temple manager Tej Prakash Sharma said that the Hatalika Teej is celebrated on the Tritiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Bhadon month. This Teej is also called Gauri Tritiya fast. He told that this fast has more importance in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. A fast dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati is observed on this Teej. The women have bought worship material for Mata Gauri. It includes Bangle, Bichia, Kajal, Bindi, Kumkum, Sindoor, Comb, Mahawar and Mehndi etc. Married women observe this fast for the long life of the husband. In this fast, his son Ganesh is also worshiped along with Mata Gauri. He said that due to Corona infection this year, women will not be able to collectively sit and worship in the temple.
Women also cannot make offerings in the temple. This year, only Darshan will be allowed, while Neena Narang, a resident of Patel Nagar, told that she performs this fast in association with the women living in her colony. All the women used to recite Katha and Puja on this occasion, but this year due to Corona, everyone will worship at home. Karol Bagh resident Shivani Upadhyay said that the fast of Teertala Teej is female head. On this day women keep fasting without having to eat anything. This fast is a unique example of willpower. Due to Corona, going to the temple this year will see Mata Gauri with physical distance.
Women shop for puja material in the market
On Thursday, women shopped for Hartalika Teej at Shankar Market in New Delhi, Karolbagh Sea Block Market, Patel Nagar and Chandni Chowk and Daryaganj areas of Old Delhi. The women bought the pooja material. It bought banana leaves, fruits, belpatra, shamipatra, fruits of dhatura, tulsi manjari, ghee, kumkum, ashoor, coconut, kalash and other items, while shopping separately for the worship of Maa Gauri.