Hariyali Teej: A festival fast offered by women
This is a known festival and observed widely in a few states in Northern India. Hariyali Teej is the fast done by married or unmarried women. It is mostly celebrated in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Punjab. This is the fast done by married women for the long life of their husbands and unmarried women keep this fast to get a good husband. This is celebrated to honor Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Parvati kept fast for hundred and eight years to get the love and affection from Lord Shiva. Finally Lord Shiva was appeased by her devotion and she became his wife. Thus married women pray to Goddess for their happy and peaceful married life. Goddess Parvati is also known as Teej Mata. The girls who want to get married in coming years and therefore girls keep fast and perform special poojas at home as well as temples worshipping Teej Mata to bless them.
Celebrating Hariyali Teej
Married women celebrate this festival at their parents’ house. They dress beautifully. In Maharashtra women wear green bangles as green is the color of prosperity. All the married women sit together and someone elderly recite Teej Katha. Women offer fruits, sweets, flowers to Goddess Parvati and seek her blessings. Another important ritual is to light an oil lamp which should stay lit the whole night. Some women perform this fast by not drinking water for three days. The females keep the fasts and constantly get engage with rituals only so that the almighty can bless them, family and husband to fulfil their dreams and help them get more prosperous. On this day temples of Lord Shiva and Parvati get flooded with female devotees across the states of northern India where this day is observed much.