Hariyali Teej aka Teej Festival is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu religion and is mostly observed between the months of July and September (Shravan Maas according to Hindu Calendar).
The Festival is celebrated by Hindu married women who observe a fast for Maa Parvati (The Prime Goddess and wife of Lord Shiva) and pray for their husband's long and healthy life ahead.
This is also the celebration of welcoming the monsoon season where women and girls can be seen swinging and singing around the trees. Attached with mythological significance, the whole Shravan month is celebrated into three types of Teej namely Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej, the first one being the most important.
History of Hariyali Teej
As per the legends, when Lord Shiva's wife, Goddess Sati died, she took rebirth as Maa Parvati who, again, fell in love with the Supreme God, not knowing that she was his wife in the past life too.
However, being an ascetic post-Maa Sati's death (who became Maa Parvati in the next life), Lord Shiva didn't notice Goddess Parvati's presence and ignored her while doing his sadhana. In order to please him, she did penance for many years.
Finally, Lord Shiva noticed her efforts and realized how dearly she loved him, eventually, marrying her. It is since then, that Maa Parvati is worshipped as Hartalika and Teej Mata by women all across India.
On the special occasion of Hariyali Teej, she is worshipped by married women for the long life of their husband and for marital bliss in their life.
Significance of Hariyali Teej Festival
It is celebrated on the third day of the bright fortnight which is considered as Shukla Paksha in Shravan Mass. Hariyali means greenery that occurs during the advent of monsoon, which is the time of celebration of nature, and Maa Parvati is also considered as the Goddess of Nature.
Hariyali Teej is also called Singhara Teej in some regions of India. This day, married women visit their maternal house and are offered gifts, locally called Shringar, comprising of the bindi, sindoor, churi, Mehendi, etc.
Also, Ghewar, being the most popular sweet of this festival, is offered, first to goddess Parwati and then distributed amongst friends and relatives. The colors of Hariyali Teej can be seen flowing in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and few other northern states of India. Hariyali Teej 2021 will be observed on August 11.
Major Attractions of Hariyali Teej Festival
1. Delicious Food Preparation
Almost every region of India prepares special cuisine for various festivals, especially North India. Apart from traditional food items like Malai Ghewar, Apple Kheer, Kesari Jalebi, people also prepare special dishes like Masala Channa, Moong Dal Samosa, Amaranth Tikki, etc.
2. Cultural Attire
In Rajasthan, women are mostly seen in Ghagra-Choli-Chunni whereas men are seen donning Kurta-Pajama with traditional red Turban. Women and men in other northern regions can be seen in sarees and Kurta-Pajama respectively. What’s common in all of them is they mostly choose red, green, and yellow-colored outfits to define the theme of the festival and to celebrate greenery.
3. Swinging Under the Trees
When the family get-together is about to be over, women and men can be seen swinging around trees and celebrating & strengthening their marital bond.
How to Reach
Hariyali Teej is mostly popular in states like Punjab, UP, and Rajasthan, especially, in Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan where a grand Teej procession is organized every year. Men and women can be seen participating and enjoying to the fullest. This is the peak time when tourists can visit Rajasthan to explore the festivities of the region. Here is how you can reach the city.
By Air. To reach Jaipur by air, you will have to deboard at the Sanganer Airport. It has overall good flight connectivity with other Indian cities. After deboarding your flight you will need to take a cab or some other means of public transportation to reach your destination.
By Train. Jaipur has its own railhead of the same name i.e. Jaipur Junction. This station has overall good rail connectivity with other cities and towns. You can consider deboarding here and further travel the remaining distance by some means of public transport like a cab.
By Road. You can also consider traveling to Jaipur by well-connected road networks. A road trip will help you carve out some really cherishing memories. To travel to Jaipur, you can hire a cab, state-run or private buses, or you can also consider taking your own vehicle as per your budget and convenience.
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