The Vibrant Festival of Hariyali Teej
The lively gardens and lavish green surroundings, the decorates swings (jhoolas) and the festive songs – all these elements bespeak the vibrancy of the occasion of Teej. The festival of Teej is widely popular by the name of Hariyali Teej. In a literal sense, the meaning of ‘Teej’ is ‘third’ and even the festival also falls on the 3rd day after Amavasya.
As we all know that India is a land of festivals but to know which festival is coming in near future we have to see the PANCHANG, usually Astrologers after seeing the panchang tells about the festival.
Hariyali Teej Vrat:-
It is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated by the Hindu women in the month of Shravan. To please Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, women tend to keep a fast on Hariyali Teej.
Hariyali Teej Vrat holds vast significance in the lives of Indian women as they worship Goddess Parvati with supreme devotion for a happy married life.Both unmarried and married women observe a day long Nirjala fast. The fast is known as Nirjala because of the reason that the women neither consume food nor a single drop of water for the whole day. A day prior to the Hariyali Teej festival, women have their last meal and then keep a fast throughout the next day.
At midnight (before the fast starts), daughters, sisters, grandmothers, mothers and all other ladies of the house sit in a cluster to enjoy a lavish meal which is then followed by the Teej Vrat Katha. Women break their fasts after worshipping Goddess Parvati and lord Shiva and offer prayers to the moon.
Hariyali Teej Vrat is much popular in India as women have utmost belief that if they will offer prayers to the deities, observe a Nirjala fast and perform all the rituals, then they will be blessed with a long and blissful married life.
During the Teej fast, married women are offered Sindhara (a bucket full of gifts and offerings) which comprises of sari, bangles, bindi, henna (mehendi), Kumkum (vermillion), sweets, ghevar and shringar (makeup) box. All these things are symbolic of marriage and are used by a married woman.
It is the baggage which the parents usually offer to the girl and her in-laws. And, because of gifting of the Sinjara, this day is also famous for its name for Sindhara Teej or Sinjara Teej.
Women abstain themselves from consuming water and food as the belief that their prayers and devotion to the deities will bless them with prosperity, peace and longevity of their family and husband. Unmarried women keep the Hariyali Teej fast with a hope of being fortuned with a good husband and a happy married life.
Nishivasar Nirjala Vrat is completed after a period of 24 hours after which women can consume water after performing all the rituals of the Hariyali Teej Puja and Vrat.
Hariyali Teej is the time happiness and prosperity.
Wishing you all a blissful and colorful Teej!