Teez Festival

Teez Festival is very widely and pompously celebrated in Bihar. This is well known as “Hartalika Teez Puja”.
Tithi Begins = 3/Sep/2016 at 17:00
Tithi Ends = 4/Sep/2016 at 18:54
Pratahkal(Morning) Hartalika Puja Muhurat = 05:33 to 08:02
Duration = 2 Hours 29 Mins
Pradoshkal(Dusk) Hartalika Puja Muhurat = 17:59 to 18:54
Duration = 0 Hours 55 Mins

When and where is Teez celebrated

Teez is a festival celebrated by women to attain success and happiness in their marriage life. In this puja they worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Teez doesn’t have a fixed date to be celebrated every year, it is determined by the cycle of Moon. It is usually celebrated during Shukla paksha tritya of Bhadrapada Month (August/September); India’s monsoon season. Most of the times it is performed one day before Ganesh Chaturthi. A number of states follow this ritual primarily in central and northern regions of the country. States such as Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana consider it as an important event.

Story behind performing Teez puja

Hartalika Teej is named after the legend associated with it. “Harat” means “abduction” and “Aalika” means “female friend”. According to the mythology of Hartalika Teej, Goddess Parvati had a friend who took her to the thick forest, in order to protect her from her father who was getting her married to Lord Vishnu against her wish.
This made Parvati’s father think that she has been kidapped and hence this day is known as Hartalika. After her superficial abduction she did rigorous ‘Tapasya’ to attain Lord Shiva as her husband. Her dedication and determination made Lord Shiva fall in love with her and so he accepted the Goddess as his wife.
The word ‘Teez’ is a reference of tiny red insects that come out from the soil during monsoon. It is believed that when these insects had emerged out Parvati visited Shiva’s residence and hence they became connected as man and woman.

Puja Vidhi of Teez

Women accessorize themselves in the best attires. They perform certain entertainment activities like putting heena on their hands, singing songs, dancing, swing on swings and much more.
Women take early bath and then dress up with fine clothes. They prepare sand idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to be worshipped. Then the entire legend of Hartalika incident, and mantras are narrated in front of the idols.

A book named Prachin Vratraj gives detailed Vidhi to perform Hartalika Puja. Mentioned below are the steps to be performed.
• Early morning bath with Sesame and Amalak powder
• Dressing up with fine clothes
• Resolution to perform Hartalika Vrat to please Uma-Maheshwar
• Worship Lord Ganesh before worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
• Shodashopachara Pooja (16 upchars to be executed for worship) of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
• Anga Puja for Goddess Parvati

Every woman willing to live a successful and struggle free married life can perform Teez wholeheartedly. Believing in God in itself is the first step towards any solution.

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