Hartalika teej is the name given due to the legends associated with it. Hartalika is a word made up from two words, 'Harat' and 'Aalika' in which Harat meaning seize or capture whereas Aalika means a female friend. This day is also marked with the blessing of Lord Shiva to Parvati fulfilling her wish to marry him after she toils a lot in the forest and impresses Lord Shiva with her devotedness. Many women observe fast on this day. Statues of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made with sand and are worshipped for marital bliss and children. Hartalika Teej is celebrated during the Shukla paksha of the Bhadrapada month.
On this day, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped whole heartedly by women and men all over the nation. By worshipping the God and Goddess, they seek the almighty's blessings in the form of a blissful married life. It is considered highly pious if people donate food or clothes to the poor. One should make offerings to the God and Goddess in a temple and get the puja performed with the help of a pundit.