Hariyali Teej, also known as Shravana Teej or Sawan Teej, is a highly anticipated festival celebrated on the third day of the bright half of the lunar month of Shravana. Haryali Teej is dedicated to the union of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. This year, Hariyali Teej is set to grace our lives on Saturday, August 19, 2023. As the monsoon rains bestow their blessings upon the land, the festival brings with it an atmosphere of joy, devotion, and cultural richness.
Begins: 20:01 PM on Friday, August 18, 2023
Ends: 22:19 PM on Saturday, August 19, 2023
Celebration Time and Auspicious Muhurat
Hariyali Teej is not only about celebrating nature’s bounty but also about embracing spirituality and traditions. The festivities typically commence during the early hours of the morning, as devotees adorn themselves in vibrant green attire, symbolic of the lush season. The day’s puja (ritual worship) is performed during the afternoon, when the energies are believed to be most conducive for seeking divine blessings.
Teej fast is observed 3 times in a year. Hariyali Teej, Hartalika Teej and Kajri Teej. These three fasts are observed for the long life of husband, progress of children and prosperity of the family. Hartalika Teej aka Hari Talika Teej fast is observed on the third date of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.
It is believed that Mother Parvati first obtained Lord Shiva as her husband by fasting on Hartalika Teej. This is the reason why unmarried girls along with married women keep fast on Hartalika Teej with the wish of a good groom.
Divine Devotion and Rituals
For married women, Hariyali Teej holds profound significance. They observe a day-long fast to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for the longevity and well-being of their spouses. This fast symbolizes their dedication and commitment to the institution of marriage. Women engage in elaborate prayers, perform rituals, and offer fruits, flowers, and sweets to the deities, seeking their divine grace.
Colorful Attire and Swing Delights
The festival is synonymous with vibrant greenery, and women make a concerted effort to dress in shades of green as a mark of reverence for the monsoon season. Swinging on intricately decorated swings is a highlight of Hariyali Teej. Parks and gardens become a canvas of joy, as women swing gracefully, relishing the freedom that comes with the season’s abundance.
Culinary Delicacies and Gourmet Traditions
Food is an integral part of Hariyali Teej celebrations. Women indulge in preparing an array of traditional sweets and savories that add flavor and fragrance to the festivities. Ghewar, a sweet made from refined flour and soaked in sugar syrup, is a quintessential delicacy associated with the festival. These culinary delights reflect the richness and diversity of India’s gastronomic heritage.
Cultural Extravaganza and Unity
Beyond its religious and cultural significance, Hariyali Teej fosters unity among women. It serves as a platform for communities to come together, celebrate womanhood, and engage in discussions on various aspects of life. Social and cultural events are organized, encompassing themes of health, education, empowerment, and traditional arts.
Preserving Traditions and Embracing Change
In today’s fast-paced world, Hariyali Teej continues to hold its significance. While staying rooted in ancient customs, the festival has evolved to address modern aspirations. It embodies the delicate balance between tradition and contemporary relevance, reinforcing the importance of cultural heritage in the fabric of society.
Hariyali Teej is not just a festival; it’s a celebration of nature’s generosity, devotion, and cultural vibrancy. As we eagerly await the festival’s arrival this year, let us prepare to immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of rituals, colors, and traditions that Hariyali Teej brings. It’s a time to connect with our spiritual selves, relish the flavors of tradition, and rejoice in the unity that transcends generations and backgrounds.