Hariyali Teej is a very important festival of the Hindus which celebrates the utmost dedication of Goddess Parvati towards Lord Shiva.
Hariyali Teej is also simply known as Teej.
Today, we share with you Hariyali Teej Significance and Date.
Teej festivity is mainly celebrated with much fanfare by married women of North Indian States especially in the states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar.
There are three Teej festivities which are celebrated by women of North Indian States during the Sawan and Bhadrapada months.
These three Teej festivities are as follows:
You must also know that Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritiya and Gangaur Tritiya do not form a part of the above three Teej festivities.
Hartalika Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hariyali Teej are special Teej festivities which are celebrated during Shravana and Bhadrapada months.
Hariyali Teej is celebrated two days before the day of Nag Panchami on Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Sawan. In fact, the Sawan month is the holiest month in the Hindu religion during which various fasts are kept to please and get the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
How is Hariyali Teej Celebrated?
Hariyali Teej festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. On the day of Hariyali Teej, married women pray and worship Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati for obtaining conjugal bliss and happy married life.
During this Teej festival, daughters pay a visit to their parent’s home; wear new clothes, preferably green Sari and bangles. They sing Teej songs and indulge in dancing. They also prepare special delicacies.
Parents send a bucket full of Sindhara to their daughter and her in-laws home. It also contains home-made sweets, ghewar, henna, bangles, bindi, etc. Due to this custom of gifting Sindhara to the daughter and her in-laws during this Teej festivity, Hariyali Teej is also called as Sindhara Teej.
However, Hariyali Teej is also known as Choti Teej as well as Shravana Teej. Kajari Teej which falls fifteen days after Hariyali Teej is called Badi Teej.
Hariyali Teej celebrates the union of Lord Shiva (Mahadeva) and Mata Parvati (Goddess Parvati). It was on Hariyali Teej when Mahadeva (Lord Shankar or Lord Shiva) accepted Goddess Parvati’s love.
As per the Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati went through the cycle of birth and re-births a total of 108 times until Lord Shiva noticed her pure dedication and divine love, and agreed to marry her. Hariyali Teej is a festival that celebrates this very dedication shown by Parvati towards Lord Shiva.
Moreover, as per the Hindu Puranas, it is said that Teej holds a special place in the Hindu festivities because it was on this day that Goddess Durga had ordered people that fasting and performing certain rituals will ensure that women will lead a happy married life.
So, Teej or Hariyali Teej is celebrated by married Hindu women who pray to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati for the good health of their husbands.
Married Hindu women wear traditional attire (that is Sari) which is green in color which is suggested by the name Hariyali Teej. The green color represents the monsoon season and is responsible for increasing the level of happiness in one’s life.
On Hariyali Teej, married women receive gifts from their mother, in-laws, husbands, and other members of their family. It is also customary for some daughters to visit their parent’s house and return after Rakhi.
Hariyali Teej is celebrated with immense devotion, enthusiasm, and joy. It is a festival that reaffirms the bond of love between husband and wife. It is celebrated to remember the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
As it is celebrated in the month of Sawan, Mother Earth is dressed up in color of green (there is greenery all over the earth) and hence the festival gets the name as Hariyali Teej. Married women indulge in dancing; swing on Jhula, sing lokageet (folk songs) and immerse themselves in immense joy. Hariyali Teej can rightly be called as the festival of “love.”
On the occasion of Hariyali Teej, women perform Mehendi Rasam. They put colorful and exquisitely designed Mehendi on their hands, arms, and legs. That’s why Hariyali Teej is also known as Mehendi Parva. On this day, married women (Suhagan Stree) dress up in colorful clothes, put Mehendi on their body, indulge in festivities, and take blessings from the older women in their family.
However, other than married women, single girls, married men, and even old ladies actively participate in this festival of Hariyali Teej. The newly married girls visit their parent’s house on the occasion of their first-Sawan after marriage and participate in the Hariyali Puja.
The most favored color for this festival is of course green. Married women wear a green sari, green bangles, green bindi, and of course put on green colored Mehendi on their body. There are religious sentiments as well as scientific reasons for doing the same.
For example, Mehendi is considered by the Hindus as a symbol of a happy married life. That’s why married ladies put on Mehendi on the auspicious occasion of Hariyali Teej. Scientifically, Mehendi is said to balance hormonal flow in the body and controls the anger and sexual urge. It calms your mind and smoothens & livens up your emotional well being.
Married women offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati requesting to grant long life and well being for their husbands.
Hariyali Teej Significance
As per Hindu Mythology, it is said that after performing immense Tapas for several thousand years, Mata Parvati finally was successful in convincing and winning the love of Lord Shiva.
So, Hariyali Teej is the day that celebrates this very union of Shiva with Shakti.
It is also said that Mata Parvati took birth 107 times to marry Lord Shiva. However, she was not successful. When she took birth for the 108th time, Mata Parvati finally won Lord Shiva as her husband on the day of Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Sawan which is now celebrated as Hariyali Teej.
It is believed that whosoever married women put on Solah-Sringaar and worships Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati on the day of Hariyali Teej their husbands live a long and healthy life.
It is also believed that Lord Shiva blesses unmarried girls who keep Hariyali Teej fast and they get well deserved and loving husband. Their marriage is easily performed due to the blessings of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
Married women get abundant blessings from Lord Shiva that their husbands will live a long and healthy life, and they will get all the happiness they long for in their married life.
So, unmarried girls, as well as married women both, perform the Hariyali Teej Vrata.
Hariyali Teej Puja Vidhi
Women should wake up early in the morning. They should have a bath and wear clean and fresh clothes, preferably green sari. Now, you should make an idol of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati out of Ganga Balu. Else, you can also purchase an idol of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati from the market.
Bathe the idols of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati with Ganga Jal.
Now, perform Shiva and Parvati Puja.
One can offer Vastra (clothes) to Lord Shiva.
You should offer items of Suhaag (such as bangles, jewelry, bindi, Sindoor, laali, etc.) to Mata Parvati. You can recite Durga Chalisa and Shiva Chalisa.
After performing Hariyali Teej Puja, you should recite and listen to the Hariyali Teej Vrata Katha. When reciting Hariyali Katha both husband and wife should listen to the Katha with Akshat and Flowers in your palms.
Once the Katha is over, both husband and wife should offer Akshat and flowers kept in your hand to the idol of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati, and exclaim with full devotion, Mata Parvati Ki Jai, Shiva Shankar Ji Jai.
You should now perform Aarti of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga and pray for your well being. You should remember Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati throughout the day as well as during the night.
The next day, offer Sindoor to Mata Parvati and offer Prasadam to Lord Shiva. Now, you should immerse these idols of Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva in a nearby river or lake or some water body. You should donate the Suhaag and Sringaar items to some married women in a temple.
It is said in the Bhavishya Puran that whosoever married women perform Shiva-Parvati Puja on Hariyali Teej will full Solah-Sringaar will get immense blessings of both Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
What should you avoid during Hariyali Teej Vrata?
Here, we will share with you some important guidelines which can make your Hariyali Vrata Katha fruitful for you. Most importantly, married women should do Solah Sringaar with items sent from their parent’s houses.
Preferably you should worship Lord Shiva’s idol made out of Ganga Balu. It is so because it is said that Mata Parvati worshiped Shiva in Lingam form made out of Ganga Balu during her period of Tapas. Plus, you should never fight with your husband, do not get angry, do not speak false, and avoid par-ninda.
Hariyali Teej 2020 Date
In 2020 Hariyali Teej will be celebrated on 23rd July 2020, Thursday.
Hariyali Teej Puja Tithi Begins: 07:22 PM on 22nd July 2020
Hariyali Teej Puja Tithi Ends: 05:03 PM on 23rd July 2020
Hariyali Amavasya is observed on the Amavasya Tithi during the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Sawan. It is often called the “Festival of Greenery.” Hariyali Amavasya marks the onset of the Monsoon season in India.
The Hariyali Amavasya is the first Amavasya of the Sawan month. It falls in the month of July-August according to the Gregorian calendar. Hindus have high religious sentiments attached to Hariyali Amavasya.
Hindus celebrate Hariyali Amavasya with great fervor. It is the biggest festival of the rainy season in which people enjoy the seamless beauty of Nature. Hindus worship Lord Shiva on this day. It is a moon festival during the rainy season when nature is at its best.
Hariyali Amavasya is mainly celebrated in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. In Maharashtra, it is called the ‘Gatari Amavasya.’ In Andhra Pradesh, it is celebrated as ‘Chukkala Amavasya.’ In Odisha, it is celebrated as ‘Chitalagi Amavasya.’ The rituals and traditions vary in the different states of India, but the underlying spirit of celebrations remains the same.
What is the Significance of Hariyali Amavasya?
Hariyali Amavasya is an important event for the Hindus which is celebrated three days before the celebrations of Hariyali Teej. The Shravan is the 5th month in the Hindu calendar which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Puranas, the month of Shravan/Sawan is auspicious for gaining the blessings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Hindus perform Pitru Tarpan and Daan-Punya on Hariyali Amavasya for gaining the blessings of Lord Shiva. On Hariyali Amavasya, Hindus worship Peepal Tree as it is considered equivalent to Gods and Goddesses. They plant a sapling of Peepal Tree on this day which is considered to be very fruitful.
Some of the Rituals practiced during the Hariyali Amavasya
- According to the Hindu religious beliefs, the day of Amavasya is dedicated to one’s Ancestors or Forefathers. So, on Hariyali Amavasya, devotees get up early and take a bath. They perform Puja to appease their ancestors or
pitrs. A special meal is prepared and offered to Brahmins. The male member of the family does all the ancestral rites for offering peace to their ancestors or pitrs.
- The Hariyali Amavasya has been dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees worship him with full dedication and seek his blessings for the good amount of rains and plenty of harvests. Shiva Puja on the day of Hariyali Amavasya is said to bring good wealth and prosperity. Devotees sing bhajans dedicated to Lord Shiva and recite Vedic Mantras.
- In some regions especially in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, people observe a fast on this day. They only consume one meal during the day after completing all the Puja rituals.
- Grand fairs are organized in different parts of India. For example, in Udaipur, the celebrations last for three continuous days. Fun, food and frolic are all part of this grand fair. Women collectively pray for the long life of their husbands.
Festival Date 2020
Hariyali Amavasya 2020 will be celebrated on 20th July 2020, Monday.
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