The festival of Teej is celebrated with great enthusiasm among the Indian women across north India and some parts of Nepal.
Both married and unmarried women take a day long fast to seek the blessings from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Types of Teej
The festival of Teej is celebrated in North Indian states which cover the areas of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. There are three types of Teej celebrated by the Indian women include:
- Hariyali Teej- Hariyali Teej falls during the monsoons in which the green color plays an important significance. This occasion is purely dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
- Kajari Teej- this Teej is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapud, which is considered as the dark fortnight of Bhadrapada.
- Hartalika Teej- Hartalika Teej falls on the first fortnight of the month of Bhadra. On this occasion, women keep a Nirjara Vrat (waterless fast) for the welfare longevity of their husband.
It is considered that both married and unmarried prepares for the Teej Puja well in advance. For the Teej festival and to celebrate this occasion women wears new clothes and worship to Goddess Parvati.
What is Sindhara?
Sindhara is considered to be gifts which are sent to the daughter marital home by the parents of the girl. It generally contains sweets like Ghewar and some makeup products like Henna, bangles.
How is Teej celebrated?
There are many rituals which are performed at the time of Teej Puja. It is believed that Hariyali Teej is celebrated as Goddess Parvati took 108 births to reunite with Lord Shiva.
The main and vital Worship Materials for the Teej is considered to be flowers, sweets, and coins.
After offering the flowers to the Goddess, a semicircle is been created and an idol of Goddess Parvati is kept in the middle, after which holy Teej Katha is narrated by the ladies.
Deserts we eat
It is said that no festival is complete without some sweets. Here we bring the best desserts that you can have during Teej festival. The unmarried girls sit and listen to the auspicious Katha.
- Shir Sewai
- Almond Kheer