Hariyali Amavasya, a day to worship Lord Krishna
India is a country where small functions are also celebrated on large scale. Hariyali Amawasya is one of them. This tithi is observed in the month of Shravan or Sawan as per Hindu calendar. This day is also celebrated by women devotees as Hariyali Teej. This day has significant importance in the Northern states of India that includes Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and some other states.
Special importance at Mathura
Hariyali Teej or Hariyali Amavasya has special importance at Mathura and Vrindavan. People in North India celebrate this day with great joy and worship Lord Krishna as a part of the celebration. Temples of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Krishna are decorated with special decorative items. The followers of Vaishnav sect pray for the betterment of their family and prosperity. At Bankey Bihari Temple special arrangements are made for special Darshan of Lord Krishna. Not only Lord Krishna but devotees visit Lord Shiva’s Temple too. They offer milk, flower, fruits, bangles and all items of ‘Suhag’. Ladies observe fast on this day and spend time applying Hena on hand and singing folk songs, bhajans and visit satsang. This fast is observed to pray for fruitful monsoon so that farmers get good agriculture. This festival is celebrated on large scale in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as well Himachal Pradesh. At many places fairs are organized. People visit there and children have fun. In Udaipur fair goes on for almost three days. Special dish names as Rabri and Maalpua is special attraction of this Fair. Not only in villages but in town and cities this day is also celebrated at large scale. People from different groups and community arrange parties and get together to celebrate the festival. This day is spent with great devotion and worshiping god.