Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Teej-------the festival of eternal love

Teej, the festival of women enjoying themselves in beautiful green surroundings, swinging the swings and playing around laughing. That is the picture which comes to our minds when we hear the word Teej. It is a festival about which not many people know and why we celebrate it.
Hariyali Teej is an occasion which defines an eternal bond of love and togetherness. It is a time to express an unconditional bond of trust and dedication towards your beloved. 
This Shravani Teej is here , don’t forget to express your emotions and feelings towards your beloved.
The date for beautiful Hariyali Teej in 2014 is July 30. It is a day even Goddesses restrained themselves in order to get their beloved. Observe a fast on Hariyali Teej and get blessed by Almighty!
Hariyali Teej 2014
Teej is an important Hindu festival. We celebrate four major types of Teej namely  Akha Teej, Kajari Teej, Hartalika Teej, and most importantly, Hariyali Teej.
In India, Hariyali Teej is also known as Chhoti Teej, Shravani Teej, Hari Tritiya, Singhara Teej, and Madhusrava Tritiya. These names vary from region to region. Hariyali Teej holds a lot of significance for the people all around the country.
The Hindi word “Hariyali” means ‘greenery’, which signifies growth and prosperity. Thus, Hariyali teej marks the celebration of greenery and growth.
As per the Hindu calendar, Hariyali Teej is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight phase) in the Shravan month. The festival of Hariyali Teej gains more significance, as it is celebrated in the auspicious month of Sawan, which is the divine month of Lord Shiva.
On the day of Singhara Teej (or Haryali Teej), ladies all around the country observe a fast. This is popularly known as Teej Vrat (fast).
Hariyali Teej 2014: Significance Of Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej in India holds a lot of significance for the devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the day of Haryali Teej, married women observe Haryali Teej Vrat for the long life and wellbeing of their husbands. Women dress up elegantly with Bindi (decorative mark on forehead), Sindoor (vermilion), bangles, Mehendi (Henna tattoo), and other Shringar items (adornment items symbolizing marital status). This is the reason that this Teej  is popularly known as Singhara Teej.
If we talk about it symbolically, it is believed that women are asking Maa Parvati to bless them for a blissful married life. On the other hand, unmarried females observe the Teej Vrat in order to get the desired man of their life.
It is believed that by observing the Teej Vrat, one’s desires get fulfilled. So, this year on Haryali Teej, observe the Teej Vrat for the fulfillment of your wishes.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Legend of Singhara Teej Festival
As per the legend of Singhara Teej, this festival is celebrated to commemorate the divine relation between Parvati-Shiva. Goddess Parvati used to admire Lord Shiva and wanted to be His wife. Hence, Goddess Parvati prayed to Lord Shiva with full devotion and dedication for many years.
Finally, Goddess Parvati was accepted by Lord Shiva as his wife in her 108th birth. Since then, the festival of Hariyali Teej is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, who is also known as ‘Teej Mata’ in northern part of the country.
The day of Hariyali Teej marks the divine union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, and this day is observed as a token for this occurrence.
In some of the Hindu communities, Singhara Teej symbolizes the eternal bond of unconditional love between Radha and Lord Krishna.
During this Hariyali Teej in 2014, don’t forget to worship Lord Shiva, Maa Parvati along with Lord Krishna and her beloved Radha.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Rituals of Singhara Teej
As any other Hindu festival, Shravani Teej or Singhara Teej is observed with lots of devotion and some mandatory rituals. This Hariyali Teej in 2014, don’t forget to follow these rituals in order to attain the blessings of Goddess Parvati.
1.      Married women across the country observe a fast (Teej vrat) from morning till evening. This fast is observed for a blissful and happy married life. During this Teej Vrat, females do not consume water nor do they eat anything.
2.      On the occasion of Hariyali Teej, women worship the Moon (Chandra Bhagwan). Offerings of milk, sweets, curd, and homemade food are made in honor of Moon Lord.
3.      It is believed that unmarried females, who observe a fast on the day of Haryali Teej, get the desired man of their life.
4.      Special devotional songs are sung in the name of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.
5.      Married females dress up applying all the Shringara, including the most important ritual for applying Mehendi.
6.      Newly married females are gifted Shringara items, new clothes, and jewelry by mother-in law.
7.      Females who are about to get married, receiving gifts from would be in-laws.
8.      Special Pujas are held in the name of Lord Krishna and Radha, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan.
These are some of the important rituals that are followed during the Hariyali Teej festival. Now, let’s take a look at how Hariyali Teej will be celebrated in 2014.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Celebrations of Singhara Teej
The celebration of Hariyali Teej varies from region to region. This Hariyali Teej in 2014, we all will witness the same festivity throughout the country.
Women across the country wear green color clothes like green Lehengas (traditional wear), suits, and sarees on this occasion. Haryali Teej is observed in the month of Sawan, which is considered to be a festive month. Sawan is the time when showers from the Almighty are received in the form of rains and beautiful flowers. Women wear green bangles and apply Mehendi (Henna) as a sign of healthy marriage. Married or unmarried females enjoy the festivity of Hariyali Teej and look forward to receive the blessings from Almighty.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Celebrations in Gujarat
Hariyali Teej is a festival which leaves no exceptions. All the married and unmarried females wear their traditional clothes and organize a special Garba dance. Garba actually refers to an earthen pot, which symbolizes the source of life on earth. On Haryali Teej, women dance around the Garba Women carry ethnic pots on their head and sing devotional songs to impress Goddess Parvati, who is popularly known as ‘Teej Mata’ in Rajasthan.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Celebrations In Rajasthan
Hariyali Teej in Rajasthan holds a special significance for the people residing in this place. Be it females, males, or small children, no one can escape from the festivity of Shravani Teej.
The festival of Teej in Rajasthan is a two -day affair. During this time, processions of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are taken out on the streets. The idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati are named as Gangaur and Teej Mata, respectively. Another name given to the Haryali Teej festival is ‘Gangaur’.
Special sweets, especially Ghevar (oriental dish of Rajasthan), are prepared and offered to Lord Shiva and Teej Mata. Special Hariyali Teej songs and dances are organized. Special attraction for women is swinging on the swings while they sing romantic songs just like in the Hollywood movies.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Celebrations In Maharashtra
During the Hariyali Teej, females wear green colored bangles, green clothes, golden Bindis and Kajal for luck. On the day of Shravani Teej, beautifully painted coconuts are distributed to the family members of women.
Fresh fruit and green vegetables are offered to the Goddess Parvati. This is a gesture of thanks-giving and asking for the goddess’ blessings. Various delicacies are cooked on the occasion of Haryali Teej.
Hariyali Teej 2014: Celebrations In Vrindavan
The real festivity of Hariyali Teej is seen on the streets and temples of Vrindavan. At the time of Hariyali Teej, swings are hung in the temples of Vrindavan. This religious ceremony is popularly known as 'Jhullan Leela'. Devotional songs are chanted in the 'Banke Bihari' temple devoted in the name of Lord Krishna. During Haryali Teej, Leelas (tales) of Radha and Shri Krishna are narrated to the devotees who visit the temple on Haryali Teej.
On the occasion of Hariyali Teej or Singhara Teej, the gates of Radha-Krishna temples are opened. The idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are well decorated with beautiful and attractive clothes, and real gold jewelry.
One of the biggest and main attractions during Haryali teej festival is that of the gold ornamented swing made for Lord Krishna and Radha. Special prayers are offered during this time, post which, holy water is sprinkled on all the worshipers. This spraying of water depicts the arrival of monsoon.
Devotees from all across the country and globe visit Vrindavan at the time of Hariyali Teej in order to witness this auspicious event and seek the blessings of Lord Krishna.

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