The Hariyali Teej is one of the most famous festival in Hindu culture. According to Hindu beliefs, Lord Shiva, on this day, agreed to wed Goddess Parvati, consequently the day is considered to be holy as it symbols the union of Shiva and Parvati. The Hariyali Teej (Hartalika Teej) is one of the three Teejs celebrated the nation over. The other two Teej are Hartalika Teej and Kajari Teej. Hariyali Teej is otherwise called Sindhara Teej or Shravan Teej because it falls in the month of Shravan which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
History And Origin of Teej
According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Parvati went to the Shiva's abode, marking the bond of the husband and wife. Teej represents the strong reunion of Shiva and his wife Parvati. It represents the penance of a wife to win the mind and the heart of the husband. As per to myths, Parvati completed a difficult fast for 108 years to prove her adoration and devotion to Shiva, before he accepted her as his wife. A few sacred writings say that she was born 107 times before she was reborn as Parvati, and at her 108th birth, she was granted the boon to be the wife of Shiva because of her long penance and perseverance over many births. Thus, Teej is celebrated to respect the devotion of Parvati, who is otherwise called 'Teej Mata. On this auspicious day ladies seek her blessings for a glad wedded life and a good husband like Shiva.
How is the Teej festival celebrated?
On the event of Teej Vrat, wedded and unmarried ladies observe fast for a happy and peaceful wedded life and for a caring and loving husband respectively. A few ladies even observe Nirjala Vrata (fasting without water). While ladies celebrate Kajari Teej and Hariyali Teej by visiting their parent's home, they return to their in- law for Hartalika Teej festivity. On this day, ladies get up early in the morning and wear new garments and jewellery and get different gifts from their parents and in-laws. These gifts, otherwise called Shrinjhara or Sindhare, incorporate bangles, traditional laheria dress, sindoor, henna and even different desserts like ghewar.
Hariyali Teej: Shubh Muhurat
As per Hindu Panchang, the Tritiya Tithi started at 06:05 pm on August 10, 2021 and will end at 04:53 pm on August 11, 2021. The first Shubh Muhurat of Teej Puja or propitious time to pray will be from 04:24 am to 05:17 am and another will be from 02:30 pm to 03:07 pm.
Hariyali Teej Puja Vidhi
1. Do the puja in the time of Pradosh kaal.
2. Make little idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesh. You can utilize flour or clay to make it.
3. Offer red clothes, sindoor, bangles and different gifts symbolic of a wedded lady to Goddess Parvati. Offer clothes to Lord Shiva before you start reading the Teej Katha.
4. Gather your family members, neighbours and companions to listen to the Hariyali Teej Katha.
5. Do Lord Ganesh aarti followed by aarti for Shivji.
Significance of Teej
The Tritiya Tithi (third day) in the month of Shravan, Shukla Paksha is considered as a propitious because on this day Lord Shiva had blessed Goddess Parvati to choose him as her husband and from that point, it is considered as the day of her union with Lord Shiva.
Teej is the most awaited celebration for the womenfolk which is as always the most attractive, colourful, and vibrant. On this day, people give a new look to their homes and decorate with a traditional theme. Both wedded and unmarried ladies perform the many delights and customs of the Teej Festival to make it vibrant and colourful.
Teej is simply a time to adorn like a newly dressed bride. Accordingly ladies shop for new clothes, bangles, jewellery and accessories. Mehendi is another fascination for the women’s who keep fast for their husband and to be husband. During the Teej celebration the superb assortment of Heena comes in the market. Teej is otherwise called the 'celebration of swings' which denotes the advent of the monsoon season.