Teej is an important Hindu festival observed in
North India in the Shravan Month. In 2012, the date of Hariyali Teej is July 22. It celebrates the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. For some Hindu communities, Hariyali Teej symbolizes the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. It is observed on the third day after new moon in the month of Shravan. It is also known as Singhara Teej.
Goddess Parvati is worshipped on the day. In Rajasthan, the idol of Goddess Parvati is taken out in a colorful procession at various places.
Women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life. Unmarried women observe Hariyali Teej for a good husband. Many women make it a point to dress richly and neatly on the day – symbolically the women are asking Goddess Parvati to bless them that they will be like this on all days.
On Hariyali Teej day, women worship the moon (Chandra Bhagvan) by offering milk, curd and flowers. Some women undertake a fast from morning to evening for a happy and prosperous family life.
Songs celebrating the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are sung on this day. Special swings are made for Hariyali Teej and women swing on them.
Another important ritual is the applying of henna – artistic drawings on hands.
Married women return to their parent’s home and receive Teej gifts. Women whose marriage date has been fixed receive gifts from groom’s parents.
Special pujas are held at the Bankebihari temple in Vrindavan. Lord Krishna and Radha are worshipped on this day.
Numerous fairs are organized in North India on the day, the most popular being the ones held in Rajasthan especially in Jaipur – note for colorful procession.
Hariyali Teej is one among the three Teej Festivals the other two being Hartalika Teej and Kajari Teej.