Gauri Puja during Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the most observed vrata throughout India. Gowri Pooja on the day before Ganesh Chaturthi has various regional names. Gauri Ganapati Puja 2012 date is September 18.
Hartalika Vrat – Gauri Puja in North Indian States
Gouri Ganesh Puja is observed as Hartalika Vrat or Haritalika Tritiya vrat in North Indian states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In some places, fairs are also organized during Hartalika Vrat. Hartalika vrat is considered as a major festival in some regions, where Hartalika Teej is organized. Hartalika Vrat 2012 date is September 18.
Gowri Habba or Swarna Gauri Vrata in Karnataka and some other places in South India:
In Karnataka Gowri Pooja is observed as Gowri Habba or Swarna Gauri Vrata. On Swarna Gowri Vrata day, married women perform the puja and distribute Bagina, specially packed gifts, to other women. Gowri Habba 2012 date is September 18.
Gauri Thadiya or 16 Kudumula Thadde Vratham in Andhra Pradesh:
In Andhra Pradesh, Gauri Ganesh Pooja is observed as Gauri Thadiya. The rituals and pujas are similar to Gowri Habba or Swarna Gauri Vratha observed in Karnataka. But Kudumulu, typical Andhra Pradesh recipe, are prepared and offered to Goddess Gauri on Gauri Thadiya day. So, the vraham is also referred as 16 Kudumula Thadde. Gauri Thadiya Vratham 2012 date is September 18.
Gauri Pooja or Teej in Nepal:
Gauri pooja on the day before Ganesh Chaturthi in Nepal is observed as Teej. Teej is celebrated for three days and concludes with Rishi Panchami, the day after Ganesh Chavithi. In 2012, the date of Gauri Puja or Teej in Nepal is September 18.
The rituals and traditions may vary from place to place but the main objectives of the Gauri puja – neatness, dedication and devotion – remain same.