Teej is one of most prominent festival observed in the Hindu community. Hariyali Teej is among the four important Teej festivals that are discovered and celebrated among the Hindus. Teej is celebrated on a greater magnitude in several parts of the country. Hariyali Teej is considered to be one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals among the Hindu women, which are noted on the 3rd day (Tritiya) of the Shukla Paksha (fortnight of the moon) in the Shravan month according to the Hindu Calendar.
WHEN IS HARIYALI TEEZ 2017?
26th July, 2017
SIGNIFICANCE OF HARIYALI TEEJ
The meaning behind the name “Hariyali Teej” narrates that the festival falls during the rainy season or in the monsoon months when the surroundings are covered with Green color. Therefore, the festival is named as Hariyali Teej (Green Teej). Shravani Teej is another popular name given to this festival. Hariyali Teej is also referred as Madhusrava Teej and Choti Teej. For married women, Hariyali Teej holds the same importance as Karwa Chauth does. For the welfare and longevity of their husbands, married women observe the fast of Hariyali Teej.
Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her relationship with Lord Shiva. On this day, Lord Shiva agreed and accepted Goddess Paravati as his beloved wife. Goddess Parvati is referred as Teej Mata on the auspicious day of Hariyali Teej. The Rath Yatra of Teej Mata on this day is celebrated on a huge magnitude in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Haryana. Most popularly in the state of Rajasthan, it is named as ”Singhara Teej” and in the state of Punjab, it is known as the ”Teeyan”. In these states, Hariyali Teej is declared as an official holiday.
In the Rath Yatra of Teej Mata, grand rallies are held out in masses. These rallies are very huge, gracious and beautiful that one could not take the eyes off. The celebrations of Hariyali Teej vary from state to state, but one thing that remains common is the passion, love and enthusiasm during the festivity of the fete.
RITUALS FOLLOWED ON HARIYALI TEEJ
There are various rituals which are followed on the day of Teej. As Hariyali Teej is the festivity of Goddess Parvati, there are various rituals which are followed specifically for this day. They are:
This festival holds a great importance for the married women and most importantly for the newly married. On the day of Hariyali Teej, married women are presented with Shringara items i.e., traditional dresses, henna, bangles, sweets and sindoor by the in-laws. It is a tradition to arrange up in green colored saris and lehengas for the married women.
In the Hindu tradition, it is believed that by wearing all the 16 adornments, women can keep her husband protected and also adds lifetime to the life of her husband.
It is a constituent of the ritual for married women to go to her parent”s house to celebrate the festival of Hariyali Teej. On this occasion, delicious food items are made at home.
The most important thing to do on the Teej festival is to put henna on the hands and feet of the married women. It is stated that the festival remains incomplete if this tradition is not followed.
The darker the color of henna on the hands, the more she is loved by husband as per the belief. The name of the husband is also written on the hands in some places by the women.
Vat Vriksha is another popular tradition followed on Hariyali Teej also known as Shravani Teej. Swings are hung on the limbs of the banyan tree or Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) if present in the houses otherwise as per the convenience. In the Hindu Mythology, it is stated that the Banyan tree is sacred and it reflects knowledge. It is believed to be very auspicious to worship the Vat Vriksha on the occasion of Hariyali Teej.
“Nirjala Vrat” is observed by the women on the day of Hariyali Teej. In this Vrat, women are not even allowed to consume water during the day. This is a very strict fast followed by the women very carefully.
The fast can be broken after worshipping the Moon. On this day, Goddess Parvati (Teej Mata) is worshiped for the prosperity and well being of their husbands. The idols of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are worshiped and songs are sung to honor them.
Hariyali Teej celebrates the bond of marriage in a captivating manner. The importance of this festival can be imagined by observing the inscription of the Indian women towards their families and husbands. The festival of Hariyali Teej is celebrated in a fascinating manner in Vrindavan in Krishna Mandir”s as well. “Jhulan Leela” is the observance which is conducted in the city by hanging swings laid for their deity.
Teej Puja Samagri
Unboiled milk in a katori, small kalash with water.
A small branch of neem tree, leaves and soil from the Aakde ki shrub Roll, abhir, chawal, gulal, moli, haldi powder, cucumber, mehendi, lemon, flowers, jaggery, paan leaves, sabut supari, deepak, agarbatti, matchsticks, camphor, money for offering.
Pindas and Sattu are made the previous day.
Small plates to keep the pata and sattu.
Small red zari cloth in the size of a handkerchief having gota around it for Neemadi ka Odna, a blouse piece.
Put a swing on a tree in the house .
Chant the Teej mantra as many times as possible to become blessed.