Celebrated In: India in Rain Season
Celebrated By: Hindu (Hindu)
Teej festivity is observed with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Three famous Teej(s) which are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months are -
1. Hariyali Teej
2. Kajari Teej
3. Hartalika Teej
Shravani Teej or Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the third day of Shukla paksha in the Shravan month. It is also known as Madhusrava tritiya and Choti Teej. This festival is mainly celebrated by women in which everything can be seen full of life because of the Shravan month. Nature can be seen flourishing.
Women celebrate Hariyali Teej on the third day of Shukla paksha in the Shravan month. Heavy rains can be witnessed during this period. Everything can be seen green because of the trees and plants and that is the reason why this festival is known as Hariyali Teej.
The date for Kajari Teej in 2013 is 23rd August. This Teej is celebrated on Krishna Paksh Tritiya day i.e on the third day of the Shravan month. This Teej is most popularly celebrated in the Bundi district of Rajasthan. There, this Teej is celebrated on the third day of Bhadra month. On this Teej, the whole community together, performs the neem pooja and then a grand procession carrying the beautiful idol of Goddess Pravati is undertaken by the devotees with great fervor.
History of Teej
The festival of Teej symbolizes reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Teej teaches us the sacrifice of wife to win the heart of husband. It is said that Parvati reborn and went through stringent fasting for 108 long years to prove her dedication, devotion and unconditional love towards Lord Shiva. Finally, 108 years of long sacrifice paid off and Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife. Till today, the festival of Teej is celebrated to honor the devotion of GoddessParvati – popularly known as TEEJ MATA. On this day, both married and unmarried women seek her blessings for their happy marital life.