Hariyali Teej is one of the most important Teej festivals celebrated by married or to -be-married women. The festival celebrates the sacred union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the beauty of nature during the monsoon. According to the Hindu calendar, Hariyali Teej is observed on the Tritiya (3rd day) of the Shukla paksha (bright fortnight of the moon) of Shravan month. Married and to -be-married women keep vrat for the welfare and longevity of their partners. Since the festival falls during the monsoon when there is greenery all around, it’s called Hariyali Teej. In 2021, Hariyali Teej falls on 11th August (Wednesday).
Legend Behind Hariyali Teej
Legends in Hindu texts say that Parvati is a manifestation of Sati, Lord Shiva’s first wife. Lord Shiva was in a great state of sorrow after Sati sacrificed herself in protest of her father’s disliking for Lord Shiva. So it took Maa Sati 108 subsequent births to break the meditative state of Lord Shiva and make him accept her as his wife again. She took her 108th birth as Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati’s dedication is described as an inspiration to all married ladies. That’s why getting Maa Parvati’s blessings on Hariyali Teej is believed to bring continued marital bliss.
Kalash, Oil lamp, Ghee, agarbatti, Panchamrit, mango leaves, paan leaves, Camphor, coconut, Fruits, Flower garlands, banana leaf, fresh piece of cloth, Mehendi, Chandan, Haldi, kumkum, sindoor, bangles, bindi, kajal
Hariyali Teej Fasting Rules
- Wake up early in the morning and take a bath before sunrise.
- Wear fresh and clean clothes and prepare the puja thali.
- Take a vow (Sankalpa) in the names of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to complete the vrat sincerely.
- Then the vrat begins. Those doing Nirjala vrat must not consume water. Those keeping a Phalhari vrat can consume fruits and water throughout the day.
- The person keeping the vrat can listen to Shiv Parvati Bhajans and chant the Shiva Mantras.
- Then, prepare three idols – one each of Lord Shiva, Mata Parvati and Lord Ganesha – with natural clay or sand.
- Subsequently, during Pradosh Kaal (the dusk) do the puja.
- For Puja, light an oil lamp and offer water and Chandan to the deities. Then, offer Panchamrit.
- Offer Halwa or Kheer as bhog and the rest of the offerings too (clothes, Fruits, paan etc)
- Offer prayers to the three deities and make a wish. Then read the Hariyali Teej vrat Katha.
- Perform the aarti of Lord Ganesha, Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva one after the other with Kapur (camphor).
- Finally, you can break the fast by consuming the bhog.
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