Haryali Teej, 13 August 2018

India, Nepal and related-counterpart region and origin females observe the Hindu spiritual and sacred event of Haryali Teej once every year. Haryali Teej is observed irrespective of the marital status of females, e.g., single, separated, widowed, married females etc. On Haryali Teej, single females pray for getting a good husband. Married females pray for the well-being, prosperity, healthy-wealthy life, long life etc of their respective life partners, also for marital bliss-happiness, love etc.

The Hindi word ‘Haryali’ literally means green, greenery; and in modern day can reflect freshness, purity, clean air, higher oxygen level, nature delight, less pollution, rain, agriculture advance, vegetation etc. ‘Teej’ is the name of the event, festival.

Haryali Teej is prominent in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and partly Buddhism and Muslims in the Indian subcontinent, depending on the location of the native; it is observed in most faiths in India, notwithstanding any social status, class, background, rural-urban and other demographical aspects. In India, it is mostly celebrated in north India, typically in the Indian States of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, and Rajasthan, but also in Maharashtra, and has traces in the south and east India as well.

The date of Haryali Teej each year is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar. It can fall on different Gregorian dates every year. The date is for the 3rd day of Shukla Paksha, rising phase of the moon, of the Hindu lunar month of Shravan, in the rainy season.

Many females worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on this day. On the day before the Haryali Teej, many females apply Mehendi on their hands, dress up nicely etc. On this event, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were united on her 108th birth. Parvati is also the Goddess of love and devotion. Many females observe Vrat, fast. Many joyously take swing especially with ropes tied on to the trees.

We wish all global females a Happy Haryali Teej. We wish them great life partners, and a happy, content life.

A Mantra for Goddess Parvati is—
Om Paarvatyai Namah
        ऊँ पार्वत्यै नमः

A Mantra for Lord Shiva is—
Om Namah Shivaaya
    ॐ नमः शिवाय

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