This post is about giving some reasons to celebrate Teej festival in the Hindu community. This post may help your question of why is Teej celebrated.
Teej is the festival and ritual especially for Hindu women, celebrated on the third day after the new moon in the Nepalese month of Bhadra Sukla Trayodasi (August).
The word Haritalika Teej comes from the Sanskrit word which consists of a double meaning: Harita and Alivi. It means that Parwati’s friend hid her in a jungle to avoid her marriage to Lord Bishnu.
In Sanskrit Harnu means kidnapping. Alivi means friends of Parvati who belong to the Alivi race. Thus, Haritalika is the derivation of the word Harita Alivi.
The Teej festival is celebrated in the month of Bhadra (August) because it is the month in which people get free time after their terrible hard work of planting their main foods like rice and millet.
On the one hand, nature is full of green vegetation. In this festival, women wear clothes of multiple colors. It seems that people and nature have agreed to celebrate on the occasion of Teej.
This festival is celebrated in different regions in different ways. However, the mythical aspect of this festival is the same. Performance varies due to the diverse geographic location and way of life of people, as well as economic status.
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In general, Teej is celebrated by spending four days. It starts from Bhadra Dwadashi (second day after the new moon), on this particular day married daughters and sisters are invited to Maitighar (parents’ house) to celebrate Teej.
The first day of Teej is called Darkhane Din (the best foods are cooked, it is a kind of preparation for the next day).
On this particular day, traditionally, hygienic foods like Dhakane, Khir, Ghee, Chhali, pickles, curd, etc are cooked and in the Nepalese context, these foods are the best and good for health.
Even at midnight on this day, women generally take hygienic food for better health for the Brata the next day. There is no specific difference in celebrating Teej between single girls, married women, and widows.
However, single girls worship Shiva in hopes of having a good husband. Similarly, married women worship for the good health and long life of their husbands. Widows worship to comfort the spirit of the late husband.
According to the Hindu myth, women are not allowed to take even a drop of water.
If a woman drinks a drop of water, it is equivalent to drinking her husband’s blood, and eating food are equivalent to her husband’s meat, just as she will have no children, will be a sinner, and will not be redeemed from sin even after her death.
Hindu mythology also states that If worshipers hear the story of Teej story, feed the best food items for the priest and virgin girls with their husband as well donate the best costume to them, then they will be the lucky women for their seventh birth and they will be the queen of heaven.
If women disobey the rules of the myth, they will be poor, chattering, childless, and sad women.
The above statements support the fact that if women drink water or any kind of food on Teej’s day, they are supposed to be disobeying her husband and his support activities to destroy her husband’s clan.
It is believed that the gate of heaven will not be opened until Saath Janma.
On Teej’s day, the true Brata begins by taking bath by going near rivers, taps, and after the bath, they erect a stone as a symbol of Shiva Linga and worship it by offering cucumber sprouts and Akchheta.
They come home and worship in red dresses and full makeup along with the best jewelry.
Married women wear their special clothing that belongs to her marriage ceremony, such as Sari, Vermillion, Pote, Bracelets, Sirful etc. Single girls wear typical red dresses along with bracelets and other jewelry in full makeup.
The red dresses, the best jewelry, and the complete makeup are related to her Sauvagya (good luck). Therefore, Sauvagya of Hindu women is associated with her husband.
Only Sauvagyawati women are allowed to wear such clothing, jewelry, and makeup because it is a symbol of her husband, as is tradition.
Adorned with the best makeup, the women, in public areas like Deurali, the temple of Shiva, gather to sing and dance on the songs Teej and Sangini.
Once again, they culminated in Puja for her husband, late husband, or would be a husband in the Shiva Temple.
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Throughout the day, married women and unmarried girls sing Teej Geet and Sangini sing. Through their Teej songs, they express their pain, suffering, trauma, and the story of the difficulties they endured in their husbands’ houses.
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Similarly, the Sanginee dance is also performed on the Teej day which pours the anguish, suffering, and pain of the married daughter during her life into the home atmosphere of her husband.
In this Sanginee dance, the women express their pain of being away from their parents’ house, where everything is strange for her.
The next day of Teej is called Paarnako Din. On this particular day, early in the morning, devout women bathe in holy places and worship Agasti Risi. Then they take a meal and then prepare Puja Samagri for the next day: Risi Panchami.
For the next day, they prepare 360 types of flowers, peeled rice with cloves, mud, which belonged to the footprint of the elephant, Dattiun, Til, Jau, Kus, etc.
In the early morning on the occasion known as Rishi Panchami, at dusk, they bathe in the sacred river. , apply mud of places where different plants are grown.
The mud is taken from elephant footprint, Amala, Halo, tulsi, bamboo, etc. Women apply mud 365 times on each part of her outer body and wash it 365 times.
Such a bath should be taken on tiptoe to the head by applying and washing each part of the body 360 times separately. It’s supposed to be a very hard type of bath.
After that, they have to brush their teeth with Dattiun (a kind of grass) that has knots and brush 360 times for every 360 Dattiuns.
Then, water mixed with Til, Jau, Kus, and flowers should be poured 360 times through the Jaldhara (which consists of 360 holes and is made of copper). After that, they erect a Shiva Linga in the bathing place.
Despite its cultural dynamics, the Teej festival offers opportunities to establish its own identity through the repetition of certain roles such as singing, dancing, fasting, and worshiping in songs.
7 Reasons to celebrate Teej Festival in Hindus Community, Why
As we already discussed some topics of the Teej festival. But now we are going to discuss reasons to celebrate Haritalika Teej or Hariyali Teej festival in Nepal and India.
Teej is such a festival which is celebrated both in India and Nepal. Teej is such a festival that is celebrated by women during the monsoon season of the Hindu calendar.
On the last day of Teej, which is called Rishipanchami, women take a holy bath in rivers or ponds. After a hole bath in the rivers, they use a piece of Datiwan (a sacred plant with religious significance) to sprinkle holy water over their body 360 times.
This ritual exonerates them for the sins that they may have committed in the past year.
7 Reasons to celebrate Teej Festival in Hindus Community
Take a closer look at the rituals, significance, and celebration of Teej in different parts of India. Why Teej is celebrated?
Some Hindus women celebrate Teej because they are an extremely religious person. People of some states of India (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Hariyana, Rajasthan) and all over the country Nepal celebrate Teej with great enthusiasm.
2. healthy proposition
Some Hindus women celebrate the Teej festival and taking fast for the whole day and night without water has a healthy proposition.
3. Red Insect is good for the environment:
The word Teej came from a red insect that comes out of the soil during rainy seasons. That insects are good for the grains on the farming land.
4. To welcome Monsoon:
Most Hindus women celebrate this Hariyali Teej to welcomes the onset of monsoon seasons.
5. Conjugal life:
Teej is a three-day festival in which 24 hours fast is kept for a happy and long conjugal, peaceful, prosperous, healthy, and wealthy life.
6. Legends of Re-union:
Many Hindus women are observed and celebrate Haritalika Tij because of legends of this festival related to Hindus God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
According to the legend and mythology of the Teej festival, Teej is marked as the day of the reunion of Goddess Parvati with Lord Shiva.
Goddess Parvat is said to have gone through severe penance and took 107 births on the earth to finally unite with Siva.
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It is believed in the Hindus community that on the day of Teej, Hindu Almighty Goddess Parvati came to the God of gods, God Shiva’s abode, thereby marking the reunion of husband and wife.
7. Well Being of Husband:
This Teej festival of the Hindu community is marked as the celebration of sexual bliss, well-being of their husband.
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