Hariyali Teej: Mythology, Shubh Muhurat, Major Rituals & Fasting Rules For Women!

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All you need to know about Sawan Teej shubh muhurat, importance and history. Here are major rituals of Hariyali Teej. Also read fasting Rules for women for their husbands.
All you need to know about Sawan Teej shubh muhurat, importance and history. Here are major rituals of Hariyali Teej. Also read fasting Rules for women for their husbands.

Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Hariyali Teej falls during Sawan month which is the holy month to observe various fasts devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati took 108 re-births until Lord Shiva finally accepted her dedication and married her. It is this determination of the Goddess that Teej celebrates.

It is celebrated with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. There are three famous Teej(s) which are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months are –

  1. Hariyali Teej
  2. Kajari Teej
  3. Hartalika Teej

As the name suggests, Hariyali Teej signifies greenery. The term ‘Hariyali’ means ‘greenery’, and ‘Teej’ means the ‘third’ day. So, this festival marks the welcoming of growth, prosperity and greenery all around. Hence, the theme of this festival is green and women dress themselves in green attire.

‘Hariyali Teej’, the festival is widely celebrated by married Hindu women in Northern and Western parts of India to pray for the well-being of their spouses. The word ‘haryali’ means greenery and represents the monsoon season, a time when downpour brightens up the surroundings.

The significance of ‘henna’
Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej

Applying Henna or Mehndi is a common ritual followed by women on most festivals as it not only adds to the beauty but is also considered a ‘shagun’ (sign of good luck). On ‘Teej’ too women flock to markets to get beautiful henna designs on their hands, the darker the colour the better it is!

On the occasion, women dress up like newly-weds in bright reds and greens with colorful bangles. They apply henna on their hands even. As per tradition, Sindhara, a bucket full of clothes, jewellery, beauty products and clothes are gifted to the married woman by her mother-in-law.

On the occasion, women dress up like newly-weds in bright reds and greens with colorful bangles. They apply henna on their hands even. As per tradition, Sindhara, a bucket full of clothes, jewellery, beauty products and clothes are gifted to the married woman by her mother-in-law.

Why is Hariyali Teej celebrated? (Mythology)
Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej

According to Hindu legend, Teej celebrates Lord Shiva’s acceptance of Devi Parvati as his wife after her dedication towards him.

The famous legend of Mata Sati immolating herself and breathing her last; a shattered Mahadeva went into a deep meditation. Mata Sati reincarnated as Parvati and was born as Parvat Raj’s daughter, and the first word that she uttered was ‘Shiva.’ She only dreamt and wished to be married to Lord Shiva, but it was nearly impossible. Parvati left all materialistic leisure to live a life ascetic in a cave worshipping Shiva Lingam.

Legend has it that she prayed continuously and took 108 rebirths, finally to be wedded to the mighty Shiva. Pleased by her complete devotion, Lord Shiva agreed to marry Goddess Parvati and hence the reunion was complete.

Major rituals of Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej

* A fast should be observed on the day of Hariyali Teej, which continues from morning till evening. The aim of keeping the fast is happy married life. While observing the fast of Hariyali Teej, females do not consume food or water.

* Married females wear their best attire including all the Sringara items on the day of Shringara Teej.

* Dressing up in new clothes and adorning is an important part of the festival as women wear elegant traditional attires, mostly sarees.

* In Maharashtra, women wear green clothes, green bangles, golden bindis and kajal along with applying henna (mehandi) on their hands.

* Women visit temples to pray Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati who is also called Teej Mata while observing Nirjala fast. Upon returning from temples, they touch their husbands’ feet.

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Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the third day of the first fortnight of the Hindu month of Shravan, which falls on August 13 this year. Hariyali Teej is also called Shravan Teej because of this and also Choti Teej. Tritiya Tithi of Hariyali Teej is to begin at 8:38 am today (13 August 2018) and is set to end at 5:46 on August 14.

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