By Swami Harshananda
Rituals of this Vrata
Vratas (religious vows) and utsavas (festivals) are an important aspect of rituals. The Haritālikā falls on the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of Bhādrapada generally in September. It is a popular vrata observed by the women, whose husbands are alive, mostly in Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
This vrata is performed to please Umā or Pārvatī, the spouse of Śiva, to secure health and longevity for their husbands. Fasting, worship of Umā with Śiva and breaking the fast after the moon is seen are part of this vrata.
Distinct Feature of Haritālikā
Famous peculiarity of this festival is the grand procession of an image of Pārvatī taken out from the city palace of Mahārājā Mānsingh in Jaipur.
- It falls on śukla tṛtīyā.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore