It occurs on the 3rd night after the full moon in Aswiyuja month of Telugu calendar, and falls in either September or October in the Gregorian calendar. The Ritual[ edit ] Telugu woman mark Atla Taddi by keeping a day-long fast without food or water. In the evening, women perform pooja , and after looking at the moon, they break the fast by having tiny atlu miniature dosas. Following are customs in some places of Andhra Pradesh , India: This festival is celebrated by women and children. On eve of this day, they apply Gorintaku Mehndi on their palms.
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She fell unconscious after few hours, as she was not used to fasting. Her brothers asked their mother the reason of unconsciousness of the princess. Her mother replied that she was observing a fast and as she was not used to it fell unconscious. As per the process the princess had to eat only after seeing the Moon. The brothers tied a mirror to a stick and held it high. They prepared a fire and arranged as if the reflection in mirror made the mirror look like Moon.
The brothers woke their sister and showed her the fake Moon and made her break the fast. The princess grew up and attained the age of marriage. Her brothers searched for a suitable match, but they were only getting profiles of old persons. They searched for a long time and finally as they had no choice and finalized a match of one of the old persons.
Knowing that her brothers have fixed a marriage with an old person, the princess was shocked. She thought that she had performed the Atla Taddi Nomu and as a result of performing the Vrat she should get married to an young person only. She refused to marry the old man. The brothers insisted that she had to marry the old man. Seeing the situation, the princess left for the forest without informing anyone. She started penance under a banyan tree.
Once Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati saw the princess performing the penance. They approached her and asked the reason for performing the penance. The princess replied that she explained them the whole story. They understood and explained her that even though she observed the Atla Taddi Nomu, she had not performed the fasting properly and told her how her brothers cheated her by showing a fake Moon. They further told that it was because of the improper fasting that she was getting matches from older men only.
They advised her to return to the palace and perform the Atla Taddi Nomu properly, by fasting until the Moon was visible. The princess returned to the palace and narrated the whole story to her parents and performed the Atla Taddi Nomu as per the ritual. This time she took care not to overlook any of the process and performed the Atla Taddi Nomu to perfection. By performing the Atla Taddi Nomu perfectly she got a good young prince match.
She was married to him and lived happily.
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