“Life is not about letting the storm to pass, rather it is the experience of dancing in the rain”, these words correctly describe the principles basic to the auspicious festival of Hariyali Teej. Hariyali Teej earmarks the onset of Monsoons, the season of rains and dancing.
Apart from Monsoons, our Vedic texts state this day as a day for Marital alliances, celebrated by the women of North India including Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Thus, it is also known as the Shringar Teej as ‘shringar’ denotes marriage in a women’s life. It is also called the Shravani Teej as it comes in the month of ‘Shravan’.
Story Behind Hariyali Teej
The story behind Hariyali Teej revolves around the greatest couple of the universe, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is well known that Lord Shiva was not interested in a marital relationship and it was very tough to melt his heart for marriage. But, Lord Shiva was admired by Goddess Parvati who was hell bent to tie him in the relationship of marriage. Thus, to achieve it, Goddess Parvati undertook years of penance including fasting and meditation. Lord Shiva became happy and agreed to marriage. The day of this auspicious union is celebrated as the Hariyali Teej.
Why is it Celebrated
This festival of Teej has attained almost the same fame as Karwa Chauth in India. They females fast, dress-up, sing and pray for their happy married life.
Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu month of Shravan. As per panchang, Hariyali Teej shall be celebrated in the year 2016 from 1:50 AM on 5th August to 2:45 am on 6th August.
This is a very auspicious day for all married women to worship Goddess Parvati for the longevity of their spouse. Women dress up traditionally in saree and all shringar of a married woman including sindoor, green bangles, prepare swings and use them in pairs during puja rituals. They may even fast on this day.
Products to perform the puja
It provides a vibrancy to the marital colours in a women’s life. The rituals include: