According to the Hindu Lunar Calendar, Hariyali Teej falls on the third day in the month of Shravan. Women from all corners seek blessing for their marriage. It is also known as Chhoti Teej or Shravan Teej.
Lord Shiva has his devotees across the globe. His greatness and eternal fondness for others is no mystery to the world. He unites people despite their differences. Lord Shiva is the epitome of love and bliss and we celebrate the festival of Hariyali Teej to gain blessings of Lord Shiva and his beloved wife Goddess Parvati. Hariyali Teej is celebrated because on this day LordShiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife.
Hariyali Teej is fortitude of every woman for an idyllic marriage. Monsoon is also a cause of celebration of this festival. On this day, women collect with their family and worship Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for seeking wellness of their husband, child, and family.
Teej is referred to as the third day which comes to every month after the new moon. Primarily, devotees dedicate rejoice of Hariyali Teej to goddess Parvati and her coming together with Lord Shiva. On this day, specifically women and girls sing devotional songs and dance to seek blessings of Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) and play on the swing.
In accordance with the Hindu Mythology, Goddess Parvati took 108th birth until Lord Shiva accepted her. She admired Lord Shiva and wished to marry him. Until this day, Goddess Parvati kept taking re-birth to prove her dedication for marrying Lord Shiva. Teej is a symbol of her dedication and determination.
It is said that Goddess Parvati promises women to bless their family with good health who observe fast on this day. On this day women apply Mehandi on hands, wear green clothes, observe fast, play on swings, sing devotional songs, and offer Prasad. It is also known to people as SingharaTeej.
Hariyali Teej is the day for blossoming flowers and splendid decorations. Here is your guide on how people celebrate Hariyali Teej-
On this day, women come together and observe fast. Women& girls wear green clothes because it is the symbol of greenery that comes along Hariyali Teej. The rituals start after the purifying morning bath and draping red saree & green bangles & jewelry. Their hands are decorated in beautiful designs made with henna.
Women worship Goddess Parvati who is the Teej Mata. They walk to the temples and sing special songs for Teej. The Male members of family tie swings for them on the branches of large trees in the garden area. Later, all the women would take turn one by one and play swings & rejoice.
Girls who are about to get married receive gifts from their future-in-laws and married women receive gifts from their husbands. These gifts include beautiful bangles, henna, saree, and sweets.
It is believed to be a festival for uplifting the emotions of people. Hariyali Teej takes away the heat of summer and offers comforting breeze & greenery.
On this day, women across the country observe Vrat (fast). Hariyali Teej fast is Nirajal Vrat. In the rituals of this fast women don’t drink water and don’t eat food. It is considered as one of the toughest Vrats in Hindu tradition. The original rituals for the fast states it is observed for a complete 48 hours.
Women who observe Teej Vrat stay awake for the entire night. They worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. These two divines entities have a major role in Hariyali Teej fast and Pooja. The Vrat and worship on HariyaliTeej bring prosperity in married life.
People from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand celebrate Hariyali Teej to a grand extent. Along with this, people from other states are coming under the impact and significance of the festival. These days, it is celebrated in many different corners of India. The festival of Hariyali Teej exceptionally benefits nuptial life. According to the history of this festival, Lord Shiva fulfills the wishes of devotees who observe fast of Hariyali Teej.
When elaborated, there are a few highlighted significance of the word “Teej”. In the Hindu religion, we celebrate Akha Teej, HariyaliTeej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej.
Indian festivals have a special recognition because of the delicious menu attached to each celebration.
You can try the following dishes to make your Hariyal Teej a little more special-
The influence of this festival has covered major portions of India. People from all the four directions celebrate the occasion with full energy and happiness. The festival has a significant place in Rajasthan. On this day, a splendid royal procession is observed. People worship Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) through the lanes of the city. The procession carries a statue of goddess Parvati and calls it Teej Sawari.
People from the northern side of India and Nepal commemorate Hariyali Teej and observe fast for the wellness of their family.
Hariyali Teej is a popular festival to celebrate incoming of Monsoon in the country. Following the hot days of summer, it brings greenery and calms the heat. It welcomes the growth of plants offering the rain& foliage. Teej a festival that brings opulence and vigor
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In the year 2020 Hariyali Teej is on Saturday, 23rd of July.
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