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mahalakshmi vrat.

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Hartalika Teej Vrat is observed during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. On this day, makeshift statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made with the sand and worshipped for marital bliss and progeny.

Hartalika Teej is known by this name due to the legend associated with it. Hartalika word is combination of Harat and Aalika which means abduction and female friend respectively. According to the legend of Hartalika Teej, the friend of Goddess Parvati took her to the thick forest so that her father can not marry her to Lord Vishnu against her wish.

The morning time is considered good to perform Hartalika Puja. If morning Puja is not possible due to some reason then Pradosh time is also considered good to perform Shiva-Parvati Puja. Teej Puja should be done after taking early bath and getting dressed up with fine clothes. Sand made Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati should be worshipped and legend of Hartalika should be narrated during the Puja.
Hartalika Vrat is known as Gowri Habba in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and it is a significant festival to get blessing of Goddess Gowri. On the day of Gowri Habba women observe Swarna Gowri Vratha to seek blessings of Goddess Gowri for happy married life.
Teej festivity is observed with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Three famous Teej(s) which are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months are -

1. Hariyali Teej
2. Kajari Teej
3. Hartalika Teej
Other Teej festivals like Akha Teej which is also known as Akshaya Tritiya and Gangaur Tritiya are not part of above three Teej(s).

Haritalika Teej is celebrated during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. Haritalika Teej comes one month after Hariyali Teej and most of the time celebrated one day before Ganesh Chaturthi. During Haritalika Teej women worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati which are made of clay.

Durva Ashtami Vrat 2021
Durvashtami Vrat is observed during Shukla Paksha Ashtami in the month of Bhadrapada. Durva Ashtami Vrat is mainly observed by women.

2021 Radha Ashtami
Radha Ashtami is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. It falls on Ashtami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.

Devotees keep fast on Radha Ashtami day. Goddess Radha is worshipped during Madhyahna Kala which is noon time according to Hindu division of the day. Currently Radha Ashtami falls in the month of August or September in English calendar.

Radha Ashtami is also known as Radhashtami and Radha Jayanti.

2021 Mahalakshmi Vrat
Mahalakshmi Vrat begins on Shukla Ashtami during Bhadrapada month which comes after four days of Ganesha Chaturthi. Mahalakshmi Vrat is observed for sixteen consecutive days which ends on Krishna Ashtami during Ashwin month (as per Purnimanta calendar followed in North India). Depending on leaped and skipped Tithi during fasting period, total fasting days might reduce to fifteen days or might increase to seventeen days. The fasting is done to appease and seek blessing of Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Bhadrapada Shukla Ashtami is also observed as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha which is popularly known as Radha Ashtami. The day, when Mahalakshmi Vrat begins, is significant as this day coincides with Durva Ashtami Vrat when Durva grass is worshipped. The same day is also observed as Jyeshta Devi Puja which is performed for three consecutive days.


The fasting starts four days after the auspicious Ganesh Chaturthi festival and continues till the eight day of the Pitru Paksha (the fortnight dedicated to ancestors) period. In Mahalakshmi Vrat Hindu devotees keep a strict fast for Goddess Lakshmi and receive Her divine blessings. This vrat is observed with full fervour and dedication in the northern regions of India such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Rituals during Mahalakshmi Vrat:

On the day of Mahalakshmi Vrat (Bhadrapada Shukla Ashtami), devotees wake up at sunrise and take an early bath. Special prayers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi every morning for 16 continuous days. All the eight forms of Mahalakshmi are worshipped during this period.

In some regions, devotees also worship Surya Bhagwan during this period. Devotees offer ‘aargya’ to Sun God everyday at the time of sunrise.
As a part of the ritual, sixteen knots are tied in a string and the observer of Mahalakshmi Vrat wears it on his/her left hand.

Devotees worship the idol of Goddess Lakshmi with utmost dedication and pray the Goddess to shower happiness and prosperity on their entire family. After the puja, sixteen Durva grass is tied together. It is dipped in water and then sprinkled over the body. At the end of the puja, Mahalakshmi Vrat Katha is recited every day.

The observer of Mahalakshmi Vrat follows it for complete 16 days with full austerity. Eating non-vegetarian food is completely restricted during this period.

During Mahalakshmi Vrat, reading religious books like ‘Lakshmi Sahasranaam’, ‘Satanamavali’ and ‘Lakshmi Ashtottara’ is considered to be highly beneficial.

The fast is ended on Ashwin Krishna Ashtami after offering evening prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. On the last day, a Purna Kumbha or Kalash is worshipped. The Kalash is filled with water, few coins and akshatas. The neck is covered with mango or betel leaves, with a coconut placed on the top. During the puja, the Kalash or Purna Kumbha and coconut is smeared with sandalwood, turmeric paste and kumkum. A new and fresh clothe is tied to the Kalash, which is emblematic of Goddess Lakshmi and worshipped by the devotees. On the last day nine different varieties of sweets and savouries are prepared for offering to Goddess Lakshmi. It is later distributed as Prasad among all friends and family members.

Important Timings On Mahalakshmi Vrat
Sunrise September 13, 2021 6:16 AM
Sunset September 13, 2021 6:28 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins September 13, 2021 3:11 PM
Ashtami Tithi Ends September 14, 2021 1:09 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More

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2021 Sep 28 Tuesday
Significance of Mahalakshmi Vrat:

Mahalakshmi Vrat is an important fasting day observed by Hindus men and women. The glory of this sacred vrat was explained by Lord Sri Krishna to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandav brothers. The greatness of Mahalakshmi Vrat is also stated in religious scriptures like ‘Bhavishya Purana’.

Mahalakshmi Vrat is celebrated in honour of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the consort of Lord Vishnu and also considered to be a form of Maa Shakti. The holy vrat starts from the Bhadrapada Shukla Ashtami that is also celebrated as Radha Ashtami, the birthday of Goddess Radha (the companion of Lord Krishna).

This day is also significant as it corresponds with Durva Ashtami in which Durva grass is worshipped. Moreover the same day is also celebrated as ‘Jyeshta Devi Puja’ and continues till three days. The observer of Mahalakshmi Vrat is bestowed with blessings of Goddess Lakshmi all his/her life.
 
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