With the onset of Monsoon, your mind may be haunted by the images of incessant rains, choked drains and flood. But, apart from these things their are some more delightful images that are synonym to Monsoon. For instance, the hanging swings, kids dancing on the streets and enjoying rain, a hot cup of tea and snacks and colorfully dressed up men and women for some monsoon festivals.
Among all the merrymaking festivals related to Monsoon season, Teej is one of the most popular festivals celebrated by the Hindus. This festival is more common in some North Indian states like Rajasthan,Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is celebrated in the Hindu month of Shravan( July-August) and sometime in September. Due to which it is also known as the Sawan festival. This festival is dedicated to the re-union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati after a penance of 100 years.
There are mainly three types of Teej festivals namely Haryali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. Haryali teej is celebrated at the beginning of monsoon season. As Haryali means greenery, so this Teej festival is linked with good harvest and prosperity. To celebrate this festival, women used to wear green colored dresses and worship the moon, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. In case of Kajari Teej, women worships the neem tree and sing devotional songs. This teej festival is celebrated on the third day of the dark half( Krishna Paksha) of Shravan month. Special possessions are organized to worship the Goddess Parvati.
Teej festival of the Shravan month is the Hartalika Teej festival. It
is a three day long festival and the most important one among all the
teej festivals. It is observed mainly by the married women for the
well being of their husbands. Women used to keep Nirjara fast which
means “fast without water” and to pray to Goddess Parvati for her
blessings. It is believed that the blessings of Goddess Parvati leads
to the marital bliss. Even unmarried girls also keep fasting to get a
To celebrate the Teej festival some rituals and customs are followed by the ladies. Married women return back to their parents house to celebrate the festival of Teej. It is considered very auspicious for married and engaged women to receive Teej gifts from their in-laws and future in-laws. “Shrinjhara”
is gifted to the engaged girls by the future in-laws, which is comprise of henna, lac bangles, a special laheria dress and ghewar(a sweet dish).
Idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, are decorated with new clothes and beautiful ornaments and kept at the centre of the worship place. Ladies gathered to offer Teej prayers and sings Teej songs praising the deities. Even the women worships the Vat vriksha( Banyan tree) and tie swings to the tree.
Another facet of Teej festival are the colorful and decorated swings which are hung from the trees. Women and girls dressed up in clothes, swing on them and sing songs. Teej festival has special importance in Rajasthan as with the advent of monsoon, the dry patched lands automatically transformed into green lands and give relief to the people from the scorching sun rays of summer season.
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