Divyanka Tripathi tells you how Nirjala Hartalika Teej vrat worked for her in real life!

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Divyanka says that she has been observing nirjala Hartalika Teej vrat for the last 19 years!

Television actress Divyanka Tripathi had a star-studded wedding in July and she had happily shared pictures of all her wedding ceremonies with her fans and the media.

Recently, after two months of her wedding, the actress celebrated her first Teej as Mrs Dahiya. She also uploaded a picture of her doing pooja and said that she has stayed Nirjala for almost 19 years for Teej, though this is her first Teej post marriage.

Divyanka also said that her 19 years of staying nirjala on Hartalika Teej has worked for her in real life as she has got an amazing husband just like Goddess Parvati got Lord Shiva. This is the picture that she had posted on Instagram:


The significance of Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej is considered to be the biggest and the most powerful Teej festivals celebrated in India. There are four Teej festivals celebrated over the year and Hartalika Teej is observed a day before Ganesh Chaturthi.

As per the Hindu calendar, Hartalika Teej is celebrated on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month Bhadrapada. This festival holds significance for married women who observe a vrat or fast from dawn of that day and stay nirjala or thirsty throughout the day.

Continue reading on the next page to read about the significance of Hartalika Teej and why it is observed!

It is believed that on this auspicious day, Goddess Parvati was accepted by Lord Shiva.  The ancient story says that though Mata Parvati was a staunch worshipper of Lord Shiva, he was an ascetic and did not want to get married. To please him, Parvati offered prayers to him and worshipped in the Himalayas for many many years, staying hungry and thirsty all along. 

Finally one day Shiva gave in to her prayers and agreed to get married to her. Since then, Parvati is being worshipped as Hartalika and Teej Mata by the married and unmarried Indian women. 

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Unmarried women just like Divyanka also observe this fast and pray that they get a good husband like Shiva. In the evenings, prayers are offered to Lord Shiva and Parvati to bless them and their husbands. This is what Divyanka meant when she said that her 19 years of fasting on Hartalika Teej has given her a good husband like Vivek Dahiya.

Bel Patra, flowers, rice coated in turmeric powder are offered to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Women also dress up in bridal finery and apply altaa or mehendi on their hands. In the evening they pray for the long life and good health of their husband. Prasaad is offered the next day to married women to make sure that the fast observer's pooja is complete. Hartalika Teej is a big festival in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Divyanka's observation of Hartalika Teej fast only shows that despite all the glitz and glamour she is a desi at heart and believes in all Indian traditions and rituals. She indeed shows that being modern doesn't mean that you lose track of your roots and forget all your Indian customs. That's indeed inspiring for all, Divyanka!

Also Read: This is how your favourite celebs celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi!

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[Images courtesy: Divyanka's Instagram, Hartalika Teej pics on Instagram]