Hariyali Teej is celebrated with fanfare by married Hindu women in India. This auspicious festival is celebrated every year on Tritiya of Shukla Paksha in the holy month of Shravan. On this day, women observe a strict fast and pray for their husband's long life and well-being. Women worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and seek their blessings for a happy married life. Hariyali Teej is majorly celebrated in the northern part of India.
Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the Tritiya (third day) of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight of the moon) of Shravan (July–August) according to the Hindu calendar. This year the festival will be celebrated on Saturday, 19 August 2023. On the day of Hariyali Teej, the sunrise will be at 06:08 in the morning and the sunset at 06:52 in the evening. In addition, Tritiya Tithi will begin at 08:01 PM on August 18, 2023, and end at 10:19 PM on August 19, 2023. Hariyali Teej is celebrated every year during the monsoon season when the ground is filled with greenery; hence it is known as Hariyali Teej (Green Teej). This festival is also known as Sawan Teej, Chhoti Teej and Madhushrava Teej.
Hariyali Teej marks the honour of goddess Parvati and lord Shiva. It is said that on this auspicious day, Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife. That is why Goddess Parvati is also known as 'Teej Mata'. Hariyali Teej is a much-awaited festival for women and is majorly celebrated in North India- Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. In Punjab, Hariyali Teej is known as Teeyan, and in Rajasthan, it is known as Shingara Teej.
On this auspicious festival of Hariyali Teej, married women are given shindhara, a puja set consisting of traditional costumes, bangles, henna, sindur and sweets from their in-laws. This shindhara ritual is considered one of the most important among all other rituals. According to legend, a woman can keep her husband safe from all evil by wearing all 16 adornments. This tradition of shindhara is very important for the newlyweds. On Hariyali Teej, first of all, women wake up early in the morning and take a bath and wear green coloured lehenga or saree. They adorn themselves with jewellery and apply henna on their hands and feet, and some even write the name of their husband or fiancé on their hands. Then they perform pujas, bhajans, chant mantras and seek blessings from Lord Shiva and Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) for the long life of their husbands and married life. On this day, women are given freedom and enjoy the day to the fullest by singing, dancing and swinging on ‘jhoolas’ hanging from the branches of Banyan trees or Vat Vriksha. One of the important rituals is the 'Nirjala Vrat', where women observe a strict fast, during which they are not allowed to drink even water and can break the fast only after worshipping the moon. Many cuisines are prepared on this day, along with traditional sweets and delicacies like Ghevar, Malpua and Kheer, which are first offered to the deities and then enjoyed by all.
As per the Hindu calendar, Hariyali Teej is celebrated every year on Tritiya Tithi (third day) during Shukla Paksha in the holy month of Shravan. Hariyali Teej is celebrated enthusiastically by Hindu women, and this year it will be celebrated on 19th August 2023, Saturday. On this day, women observe a strict fast, follow it with utmost sincerity, and break it only after performing all the rituals. In this festival, Lord Shiva and Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) are worshipped for a blissful married life. Hariyali Teej is celebrated enthusiastically in northern India – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
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