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It is usually celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikipedia states below

This festival celebrates the goddess Gowri or Gauri, (also known as Parvati) who is venerated as the mother of Lord Ganesh. It is usually observed by married women and is a significant festival in Karnataka.1 It is known as Hartalika in the North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

What I have heard from my grandfather is that this is the day Gauri (Goddess Parvati) created Ganesh to guard her while she bathed. Story goes Lord Shiva unaware of this boy beheads and them attaches with Elephant head. Hence the next day Ganesh Chaturthi. Here I am adding the link to the story I just narrated above.

Is this day celebrated in other states? If so what is the significance.

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  • That festival is more commonly known as हरितालिका व्रत, and is celebrated across india Sep 11 at 9:40
  • And parvati devi did this vrat to get lord shiva while she was unmarried, and it was named hartalika as her friends went to a forest as parvati devi didn't wanted to marry lord vishnu Sep 11 at 9:42
  • @AdityaDwivedi I did not know about this Hartalika Vrth, It is not celebrated in southern states
    – Up-In-Air
    Sep 11 at 19:24

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