Uma Chaturthi is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Uma. Uma Chaturti 2017 date is May 29. It is observed on the fourth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Jyeshta month. The rituals associated with this Chaturthi are more popular in eastern parts of
India especially in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal.
Uma Chaturti is based on the tough austerities undertaken by Goddess Parvati to get Lord Shiva as her husband. It must be remembered that Shiva had forsaken the world after Sati’s death. Goddess Sati appeared again as Parvati but Shiva did not show any interest in marrying her and led a life of ascetic. Parvati then performed severe austerities to get Shiva as husband.
Women perform the rituals for the welfare of the family and for a happy and peaceful life.
The ritual is quite similar to the famous Hartalika Vrat observed in