Teej is a Hindu festival that is celebrated in the monsoon season. Women celebrate the festival to seek the blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. While married women observe fast for marital bliss, unmarried girls observe it in anticipation of a husband like Lord Shiva.
Teej is the common name given to a series of festivals celebrated all over India during the Hindu month of Sawan (Sravana) and Bhado (Bhadrapada).
The festival falls on the third day after Amavasya of the monsoon season. There are different definitions for the word Teej. While some say that it means “3” as the festival is celebrated on the third day after Amavasya, some believe it to be the name of the red insect that is seen during monsoon.
Teej is a festival celebrated to demonstrate the devotion of a woman towards her husband. According to the legend, it is believed that Goddess Parvati, who took 108 births on earth to reunite with her husband Lord Shiva, failed till 107th birth but was successful during her 108th birth. The reunion happened on the day of Teej. As Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are worshiped as the ideal couple, women pray to them seeking a similar bond with their husbands.
It is a three-day festival during which women observe a nir-jala vrat (fasting) and do jagaran (spending sleepless nights) chanting the Lord’s name. This way, they try to feel the penance of Goddess Parvati. At the same time, they also dress up like newlyweds and apply mehndi to their hands and celebrate with music and dance.
Teej is celebrated in different ways and there are three types of Teej –
Haryali Teej: It is also known as the Choti Teej. It falls on the Shukla Paksha of Sravana and as the name suggests, the festival is all about greenery. Women clad themselves in green and the moon is worshiped. The festival signifies good harvest and abundance of greenery.
Kajari Teej: Fifteen days after the Haryali Teej is the Kajari Teej. It falls on the Krishna Paksh Tritiiya. It is also called Kajli Teej and during this occasion, women offer prayers to the Neem tree and sing praises of Lord Krishna. In some parts of Indian, women celebrate by swinging in colorfully decorated swings.
Teej is a very important festival in India. It is a very auspicious occasion that is celebrated with a lot of devotion and enthusiasm. It is a festival of love, devotion, hope, fun, and respect and has a great significance in India.
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