Hariyali Teej is one of the four prominent teej festivals that are observed by Hindus. It is celebrated in a grand manner in different parts of the country. The prominent festival of Hindu women, Hariyali Teej is observed on the Tritiya (3rd day) of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight of the moon) in the month of ‘Shravan’ as per the Hindu calendar or the month of August as per the Gregorian calendar. As this festival falls during the rainy or monsoon season, when the surroundings are covered with green color, it is so called as Hariyali Teej (Green Teej). This day is also referred as ‘Shravani Teej’. Hariyali Teej is also known as ‘Choti Teej’ and ‘Madhusrava Teej’. The festival of Hariyali Teej holds the same significance as ‘Karwa Chauth’ by the married Hindu women. Married women observe the Hariyali Teej fast for the longevity and welfare of their husbands.
The festival of Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Her unison with Lord Shiva. It was on this auspicious day that Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife. For this reason Goddess Parvati is also referred as ‘Teej Mata’. Hariyali Teej is observed with great pomp and show in the north Indian states of Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Rajasthan. In Punjab it is known as ‘Teeyan’ and in the state of Rajasthan it is called as ‘Shingara Teej’. In most of these states, the day of Hariyali Teej is declared to be an official holiday. Grand Processions are carried out and tourists flock to these places in large number to witness the festivities. The celebrations of Hariyali Teej may vary slightly from region to region, but the spirit and enthusiasm is same everywhere.
Hariyali Teej 2017 was on July 26 Wednesday
Rituals of Hariyali Teej:
- On the day of Hariyali teej, married women are presented with Shringara items like traditional dresses, bangles, henna, sindoor and sweets to name a few, by their respective in-laws. The women particularly dress up in green color lehengas or saris. These Shringara items are symbolic of marriage and hold great significance for married women. Also wearing them is considered to be auspicious. As per the Hindu traditions it is believed that by wearing all the 16 adornments a woman can keep her husband protected from all evils. This custom of gifting ‘Sindhara’ is particularly significant for the newlyweds. As a part of the ritual, women then go to their parent’s house for celebrating Hariyali Teej. Delicious food items are prepared and enjoyed by all.
- The tradition of applying henna on the hands and feet is most significant during Hariyali Teej. The festival of Shingara Teej is incomplete without performing this tradition. It is a popular belief that the color of Mehendi on the hands tells about the love showered by husbands. Darker the color of the henna on the hand, the more she will be loved by her fiancé or husband. In some places, women also write the name of their husband or beloved with henna on their hands.
- The tradition of Vat Vriksha also forms an important part of the ‘Shravani teej’. In most of the places, swings are hung on the branches of Banyan tree or Vat Vriksha and even in houses. Women spend the day swinging along with dancing and singing with other women. On the day of Hariyali Teej women are given all the liberty for enjoyment and merry making. In Hindu mythology the Banyan tree is help sacred and its hanging branches reflect knowledge. Therefore worshipping the Vat Vriksha on the occasion of Hariyali Teej is also considered auspicious.
- On the day of Hariyali Teej, women also observe strict fast known as ‘Nirjala Vrat’, where they are not allowed to even drink water for the whole day. The Hariyali Teej vrat can be kept both by married and unmarried women. The fast is broken later after worshipping the moon. On this day women worship Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) for the prosperity and well-being of their husbands. The idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped and songs are sung in their honour.
The festival of Hariyali Teej celebrates the nuptial bond of marriage. The observance of this festival by Indian women signifies their devotion towards their respective families and how they are always prepared to protect them from all the evils. The celebrations of Hariyali Teej are very elaborate in all the Krishna Mandirs in Vridavan. Swings are laid for their deity and this ceremony is known as ‘Jhullan Leela’. Religious hymes and songs are chanted in all the mandirs and devotees celebrate this festival with complete excitement and enthusiasm. The idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are beautifully adorned with ornaments and after the celebrations; water is showered over the devotees to mark the arrival of monsoons.
Important Timings On Hariyali Teej
|Sunrise||26-Jul-2017 05:58 AM|
|Sunset||26-Jul-2017 19:07 PM|
|Tritiya Tithi Starts||25-Jul-2017 09:57 AM|
|Tritiya Tithi Ends||26-Jul-2017 08:08 AM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Hariyali Teej festival dates between 2014 & 2024
|2014||Wednesday, 30th of July|
|2015||Monday, 17th of August|
|2016||Friday, 5th of August|
|2017||Wednesday, 26th of July|
|2018||Monday, 13th of August|
|2019||Saturday, 3rd of August|
|2020||Thursday, 23rd of July|
|2021||Wednesday, 11th of August|
|2022||Sunday, 31st of July|
|2023||Saturday, 19th of August|
|2024||Wednesday, 7th of August|