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Teejdi is a fasting festival for Hindu women. This festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, which celebrates the return of Devi Parvati to Lord Shiva. On this day women pray for the well-being of spouse and children. The festival consists of rigid fasting and scrumptious feasting.
When Is It Celebrated?
The day falls on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of the Sawaan month according to Hindu calendar, which normally takes place between the late July to early September. Falling in the Bhado, Teej also celebrates the arrival of the long awaited monsoon season after a brutally hot summer. The exact day of the Teejdi celebration is determined by the moon’s cycle.
How It Is Celebrated?
This festival is celebrated in different states of India like Rajasthan, Bihar, UP, Punjab, Haryana, Jaipur and Kathmandu. Different religions called it with different names. In Punjab and Haryana, it is famous with name “Teej”. The Sindhi community celebrates this festival by the name of “Teejdi”.
Women celebrate this mythological event by keeping a ‘Nirjara Vrat’ for their husband’s well being and long life. As it is believed that Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva were united on this day and for this Parvati took 108 births on Earth before Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife. Since that day, it is considered to be a special day and people believe that whosoever remembers them on this day will be blessed with a happy married life and all her desires will be fulfilled. The day strengthens the bond of love between the couples.
On this day, women dress up like newlyweds in colours like red and green and try to look their best. They apply mehndi and wear colourful bangles which are symbolism of a newly-wed bride. They observe fast for the whole day, even they drink a drop of water.
In the evening, the women gather to hear the narration Teej Katha which is the special aspect of Teejdi celebration. They pray for good health of their husbands and husbands-to-be and desire for the happy married life. Teejdi Puja begins with the offerings of flowers and fruits to the goddess Parvati.
Delicious foods such as Ghevar, Besan Laddu, Dal Bati Churma, Kaju Katli and Sattu are used as Prasad. Another important tradition of this festival is the lighting an oil lamp throughout the day. When the moon appears in the sky, women complete their fast and have a scrumptious feast.