Hal Sasthi also called ‘Lalhi Shasti’ is a Hindu festival dedicated to the elder brother of Sri Krishna, Lord Balaram. It is celebrated on the ‘Sasthi’ (6th day) of Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon) during the month of ‘Bhadrapada’ according to the conventional Hindu calendar. The festival of Hal Sasthi is observed in remembrance of the birth anniversary of Lord Balaram and is celebrated with great zeal and vigor all over India. It is celebrated six days after Shravan Purnima or Raksha Bandhan festival. In 2021, Hal Sashti falls on Saturday, 28 August.
Hal Sasthi Benefits
- Women desiring to have a child should perform this puja.
- Women with sons should keep the fast for the long life of their sons.
- Anyone facing hurdles and obstacles in life should perform the puja successfully
- Keeping the vrat grants you a life of happiness and prosperity.
- People worship Lord Balram on this day seeking good harvest of their crops.
Hal Sasthi Puja Offerings
Flower Garlands, fruits as bhog, sweets, incense sticks, sandalwood, oil lamp, milk, Basil leaf, kalash (earthen pot), rice, gangajal, sindoor, turmeric
Hal Sasthi Tithi begins- 27 August 2021, 6:48 pm
Hal Sasthi Tithi Ends- 28 August 2021, 8:56 am
Rituals During Hal Sasthi Puja
- Hal Sasthi is a festival observed with enormous dedication by the farming groups across India. Most of the rituals of the festival are conducted by the women of the farming communities.
- On the puja day, the women get up early and take a bath before sunrise. Then the preparations begin for the Hal Sashti Puja. The place where the puja is to be conducted is cleaned first and then is graced with cow dung. After that, a well is prepared and there’s a combination if a stem of straw grass, a kind of reed palash to prepare a small plough, the weapon of Lord Balaram. Then the women worship it seeking good harvest and prosperity.
- The people who keep the Hal Sasthi Vrat also offer puja to the well with ‘Satavya’. A ‘Satavya’ is an amalgamation of seven types of grains namely, jowar, gram, corn, paddy, wheat, moong and lentil. Then the devotees need to place a cloth dipped in turmeric water near the plough for worship. The Hal Sasthi Vrat Katha is recited after the puja gets completed.
- Women observe a strict fast on the Hal Sasthi Puja day. They do not eat anything throughout the day. They can’t even consume milk and fruits. If required, women can consume only buffalo milk. Consumption of cow milk is prohibited on the puja day.
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