Hariyali Teej is a famous traditional Hindu festival celebrated on third day of Shrawan Mas of Hindu Panchang.

Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej

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Welcome to the amazing world of Sanatana Dharma and spirituality in the arena of www.onindianpath.com.Today, I am going to unveil the most colourful, joyful and melodious festival of women in Hinduism celebrating womanhood.

Introduction

Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This festival and its celebrations have association with blooming love in monsoon season, greenery and marital bliss.

Furthermore, this festival symbolizes renewal, growth and the vibrant greenery that the monsoon brings.

Significance of Haryali Teej

Further, this green coloured festival holds cultural and religious significance. Additionally, it is believed that we honour the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on this day along with celebrating the essence of nature’s renewal. As monsoon is the time of rains, greenery and blooming of fuana and flora all over.

When is Hariyali teej 2024?

In 2024, we will celebrate Hariyal teej on 7th August 2024 {Wednesday}. As per Hindu Panchang, it falls on third day of Shrawan Mas. Moreover, the tithi will start at 07 : 52 PM on August 6, 2024 and will end at 10 : 06 PM on August 7, 2024,

In 2023, Hariyali teej was celebrated on 19 August 2023.

What is Hariyali teej?

Hariyali means greenery and teej means the the third day (tritiya tithi) of the lunar month after Amavasya. It denotes green colour and blooming of nature into a splendid beauty.

Moreover, Hariyali teej is also called Sindhara Teej. Hariyali Teej holds great importance for married women, who observe fasting and perform various rituals.

Besides, my first sindhara was graciously sent by my mother in Law before my marriage to my childhood house for me. In that, she kept all suhaag items, gold gift and sweets delicately hand made for me. I really appreciate such gestures of love and care, intricate part of our culture, where love and bonding strengths with such celebrations.

Furthermore, they seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for longevity of husband’s life, marital bliss and happiness.

Henna hands ; source : google

Apparently, even unmarried girls also worship lord Shiva to be blessed with suitable future husband. Generally, women dress in green attire, adorn themselves with jewelry, and henna hands.

And, there are various rituals and traditions, including singing, dancing and swinging on beautifully decorated swings on teej. The customs and rituals change as per different geographical locations. Teej is mainly celebrated in northern part of india viz. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana.

Infact, it’s a time for women to get beautiful dresses, sweets, dry fruits, henna, bangles, makeup and suhaag items from parents and in laws as sindhara (gift).

Hariyali teej
Bangles as part of Sindhara

What are the rituals of Hariyali Teej?

Being married to a Marwadi family, gives you lots of advantages to know the richness and ecstasy of this gala festival. During Hariyali Teej, there are several rituals that married women follow to celebrate the Hariyali Teej:

a) Green Colour

On teej, women typically wear green coloured clothes and adorn themselves with green jewelry and accessories. As green is the dominant color of this vibrant festival symbolizing the lushness of nature.

b) Henna on Hands

One can witness the beauty and intricacy of mehndi or henna on hands and feet of Indian women. Putting Henna on hands is an age old practice for celebrating teej. These mehndi designs includes love and bond of Hindu God Mahadev and Goddess Parvati. Besides one can see the creativity of mehndi designs including lotus, hindu symbol swastik, green beauty, peacocks, birds to complex designs of flowers and nature.

c) Enjoying Swings

Subsequently, women, often swing on beautifully decorated swings as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. Indian families organise special teej functions and parties to welcome the first teej of their newly wedded daughter in laws and daughters. Likewise, these swings are adorned with flowers and colorful decorations.

When I was married, I got a chance to celebrate my first hariyali teej in a special manner. My in laws made special arrangements for me and my sister in law in beautifully adorned swing at rooftop of our house with flowers and glittery lights. I sill get god flashes of this memorable day.

d) Observing Fast

Lastly, married women and unmarried girls observe a day long fast on Hariyali Teej. Also they abstain from food and water for the well-being of their husbands and a blissful marital bond.

e) Worshipping Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati

Specifically female counter part of Hindu community visit temples to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Thenafter, a special puja (worship) is performed, during which women offer fruits, flowers, Suhaag items and other traditional items (Chunri, Saree and Nariyal, Diya and dhupbati ) to the deities. Eventually they seek blessings for a harmonious and happy married life.

f) Baina to Mother in Law

We, Marwadis have a tradition of offering Baina to our mother in law and sister in law on this auspicious day. You must be wondering Why I have mentioned Baina? Baina is a gift (cash) given to Mother in law by daughter in law in honour of her love, affection and devotion towards her family. Generally, it is given as token of love and respect to the elder married woman of the family by younger married woman. Specifically, it is preformed all throughout out the life.

g) Singing and Dancing

Certainly, women gather to sing traditional folk songs at a pandal or banquet or family gathering. In addition to that, they perform group and solo dances, celebrating the festival with glee and joy.

Apparently, in the villages and sub urban areas, women come together out in the open fields, pray for the well-being of their husbands and family, sing folk music and dance in chorus and enjoy the spirit of the season. Meanwhile, they enjoy swings decorated with flowers hang on trees.

Conclusion

Hence, you must be aware of meaning, date and different rituals of Hariyali Teej. This festival highlight the importance of nature, love and marital happiness in the lives of women celebrating Hariyali Teej.

Have a happy time ahead.

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