Teej is celebrated to memorialize the union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. On the festival of Teej, married women observe fasts and pray to Goddess Parvati. They fast for a long and healthy life of their husbands. Unmarried women fast to get a husband like Lord Shiva. Teej is mainly celebrated in the northern and western parts of India.
Haryali Teej-a day for Greenery
Haryali Teej, as per the Hindu calendar, is celebrated on the 3rd day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the Shravan Month or month. Hariyali Teej is also called Singhara Teej. The hindi word “Hariyali” means “greenery”, since this time is monsoon time in India, the earth gets draped in greenery after the season of summer. Hence, the name of the festival.
The rituals of Hariyali Teej are highly significant to newly married women. These women visit their maternal homes and are gifted with Shringar items like Bindi (forehead accessory), Sindoor (vermilion), bangles, Mehendi (henna), etc. Also, jewellery and clothes are gifted to the mother-in-law of the women by their by her parents.
On the Teej day, married women worship Goddess Parvati. Special fairs, dances, swings, and folk songs are performed on the day of the festival.
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and northern parts of India are some of the places where Hariyali Teej is celebrated on a large scale.
Kajari Teej- a day for rejuvenating love
Kajari Teej also known as Kajli Teej, is celebrated on the third day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.
Kajari Teej celebrations last two days and sometimes even continue up to the birthday of Lord Krishna or the festival of Janmashtami.
Goddess Uma (another form of Goddess Parvati) is worshiped on this day. During Kajari Teej, married women observe fast, also known as Teej Vrat, to please Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. By doing the Kajari Teej Vrat, women pray for the health, wellbeing and a long a life for their husbands. The Shingar (usually done with Bindi, Sindoor, Mehndi, Bangles, etc) represents love and respect for her husband or her fiancé.
Hartalika Teej-Praying for God’s blessings
The month of Savan or Shravan Maas is synonymous with religious festivals and events. It is the considered a very auspicious time for conducting any Puja or other religious ceremonies, and all days of this month are considered very prosperous for beginning any new work or Shubh aarambh.
Hartalika Teej is among the important Teej festival. As per the Hindu calendar, Hartalika Teej is celebrated on 3rd day of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month Bhadrapada.
Although the rituals of Hartalika Teej are almost same as other Teej Vrat, there are, however, some differences, these are as follows:
Rituals Of Hartalika Teej:
- Women observe this Teej Vrat on the day of Hartalika Teej.
- A Nirjala Vrat (ie, without water) is observed on this Teej.
- People who observe fast on Teej stay awake the entire night.
- 4. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshiped on the day of Hartalika Teej.