By Line: Sadhya Gupta
Teej is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindus celebrated during the month of Saavan or you can say in the month of monsoon… Teej is undoubtedly a very engaging and happy festival. Dressed up ladies, Heena, food, pooja everything makes the environment so pure and happy. Women around the country celebrate this festival by welcoming the monsoon with dancing singing and by enjoying the monsoon month. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. According to legend, Parvati had to go through 108 cycles of birth and rebirth, until Lord Shiva agreed to marry her.
Though in all essence, the festival of Teej has the same significance for people all over the country, the mythology of how this day came to be celebrated is a matter of lore that has been passed down through generations. From Hariyali Teej in Punjab and Rajasthan to Kajari Teej in the Uttar Pradesh and parts of Madhya Pradesh, and Hartalika Teej further south; each of these different celebrations have developed their own rituals through the course of time.
Hariyali Teej gets its name from the abundance of greenery we see in nature after the rains. It is meant to symbolize the richness and contentment of a happily married life. Kajari Teej is also known as Boorhi Teej, and during this celebration women pray to Lord Shiva in the form of song, asking for a husband so that they can celebrate the occasion of Teej properly at their in-laws’ homes. Ghewar, coconut laddoos, sabudana kheer, and aloo halwa are some of the sweets prepared and consumed during this festival.