The traditional Hindu festival, alt145 Hartalika Teejalt39was celebrated by women while keeping fast and performing pujan of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gouri, here on Wednesday. Most of the women fast on this day

without consuming water and food, for the longevity of their husbands. Women started assembling at Sobhagyeshwar temple from Tuesday midnight and the series of darshan continued, till Wednesday midnight.

Notably, women form idols of Gouri- Shankar with sea- sand and soil and perform pujan throughout the day and also practice ratijaga ( night- vigil). Unmarried women also keep fast on this day and perform pujan in the hope of a suitable life- partner. Mythical story related to this day, was heard by women while intuiting the essence of the theme. Women throughout the night sang bhajans and hymns to the accompanists of dholak and harmonium. Early in the morning, the idols made of sand and soil is immersed in the water bodies.

Women also fast on Ganesh Chaturthi and Rishi Panchami.

Heavy rush was seen at the markets on Wednesday, as people were seen buying pujan ingredients, from roadside vendors. While performing pujan on this day, special pujan ingredients are needed. Goddess Gouri is offered pujan ingredients comprising, suhag accessories, fruits and others. Women also decorate their houses on this occasion.

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