Hartalika Teej 2020
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Hartalika Teej 2020 

 

Hartalika Teej is celebrated on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada. Actually, worshiping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati holds a lot of thrust in the Hast Nakshatra of the third day of Shukla Paksha in the Bhadrapada month. Hartalika Teej is observed by unmarried girls and married women both.

 Hariyali Teej Tithi

The Tritiya tithi begins at 7:22 PM on July 22 and ends at 5:03 PM on July23.

(Source: drikpanchang.com)

There are two other Teej festivals celebrated in Sawan apart from the Haryali Teej. They are Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej.

In Punjab, Teej is known as Teeyan. Women apply henna on their hands, wear new clothes, bangles, dance and sing Teej songs in groups. Ghewar, a traditional sweet, is made especially during Teej. Other traditional food cooked during the festivities are kheer, malpua and halwa.

In Haryana, Teej is celebrated to welcome the rainy season. Women pray for the well-being and long life of their family members. Traditionally, gifts are also exchanged between families and married women also visit their parents house.

Apart from Haryali Teej, the other significant days in Sawan are Kamika Ekadashi, Karka Sankranti, Sawan Shivaratri, Shravan Amavasya, Hariyali Amavasya, the third Sawan Somwar, Chandra Darshana and Mangala Gauri Vrat.

 

Hariyali Teej Significance

The Tritiya Tithi (third day) in the month of Shravan, Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon) is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva had blessed Mata Parvati with the boon of choosing him as her husband. And since Mata Parvati's Tapasya bore fruits on this day, it is considered to be the day of her reunion with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is also known as Shiva's Shakti, meaning strength. 

Shiva and Shakti are inseparable, and therefore, unmarried girls wish for a husband of their choice, and married women pray for the well-being and long life of their husband. Thus by worshipping for their husband, women wish to remain Atal Suhagan (blissfully married forever).

And since Teej festivities are about celebrating the institution of marriage, women get dressed in their best fineries, primarily green in colour. Applying of Mehendi on the palms, wearing green-coloured bangles, swinging on Jhoolas hung from a tree or an open courtyard, singing and dancing all are an integral part of the celebrations. The colour green represents everlasting prosperity and auspiciousness, and hence the importance.