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All You Need To Know About Teej: Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, Hartalika Teej

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Highlights :

  • The festival of Teej is dedicated to the divine couple, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.
  • The festival of Teej is celebrated three times a year as Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej.
  • These festivals are celebrated to welcome and celebrate the greenery of nature, the coming of the clouds, the much-needed rain, and the rituals attached to them.

The word “Teej” means ‘third’, and it is usually celebrated on the third day after the full moon or new moon night. The festivals of Teej are celebrated during the monsoon and are dedicated to Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva. The festival of Teej is celebrated three times a year as Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej. On this occasion, married women observe a fast for the long life of their partner, and unmarried ones observe a fast to get a husband like Lord Shiva.

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Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej 

1. Hariyali Teej

It falls on Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Shravan and is observed two days before the Nag Panchami. Women dress in green color, which is considered to be auspicious, as this festival signifies greenery. Women worship the Moon on the occasion of Hariyali Teej.

This is also called Choti Teej and Shravan Teej.  Women sing and dance to various traditional songs on this day. Hariyali Teej is also celebrated as the union of Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva, as it is said that on this day, Lord Shiva accepted Devi Parvati as his wife on her 108th birth.

This year, the Hariyali Teej was observed on August 11, Wednesday. The tithi was from 18:05 on Aug 10, 2021, and ended at 16:53 on Aug 11, 2021.

2. Kajari Teej

It falls three days after the Raksha Bandhan and five days before the Krishna Janmashtami. It falls during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month according to the North Calendar and during the Krishna Paksha of Shravan month according to the South Calendar.

On this auspicious occasion, the sacred puja of Neem is done and various Kajari Songs are sung to praise Lord Krishna.

This year, the Kajari Teej was on August 25, Wednesday. The tithi was from 16:04 on Aug 24, 2021, and ended at 16:18 on Aug 25, 2021.

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3. Hartalika Teej

It is observed during the Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. It comes one month after the Hariyali Teej and is celebrated one day before the Ganesh Chaturthi. Women observe Nirjala Vrat (fasting without water and food) on this occasion.

Devi Parvati is worshipped on this day by women for the long and joyful life of their partners. According to the legend of the Hartalika Teej, Devi Parvati was incarnated as Shailputri. This festival is celebrated to remember the knot Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva tied with the help of Devi Parvati’s friend.

This year, the Hartalika Teej will fall on September 9, Thursday. The Tritiya tithi will begin at 02:33 on September 9, 2021, and will end at 00:18 on September 10, 2021. 

Final Words

Teej refers to the festivals that come in the monsoon and are celebrated by the western and northern states of India. These festivals are celebrated to welcome and celebrate the greenery of nature, the coming of the clouds, the much-needed rain, and the rituals attached to them. Hartalika Teej will be celebrated in September this year, and women have already celebrated the other auspicious Teejs beforehand.

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