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Hariyali Teej 2016: Traditional Celebration of Hindu Festival and its significance in Hinduism

Hariyali Teej, a famous North Indian festival which has attained almost the same popularity as Karva Chauth.

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  • Legend of Hariyali Teej speaks about Goddess Parvati’s reverence towards Lord Shiva
  • In Hinduism, Hariyali Teej celebrates the bond of marriage
  • Observing fast and wearing colorful clothes are two highlights of the festival

As the name says itself, Hariyali Teej is about celebrating greenery and as per the Hindu calendar, this year in 2016, it is observed on Friday, August 5. Apart from marking the prosperity and growth, it also celebrated the significance or elevation of igniting love.

Hariyali Teej, a festival that has attained almost the same popularity as Karva Chauth and is called by varied names such as Shingara Teej, Chhoti Teej or Shravana Teej in India. This festival is marked by fasting on the day and it is celebrated to mark the significance of the marital bliss in India.

If you want to know more about the Hindu Festival, you are just at the right place! Knowing the festival in detail will certainly bring you closer to the significance of the festival in Hinduism.

There are three popular Teej(s) that are celebrated by women during Sawan and Bhadrapada months: 

  • Hariyali Teej
  • Kajari Teej
  • Hartalika Teej

A Brief history of Hariyali Teej:

One of the most celebrated festivals in India, Hariyali Teej celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, it’s considered as a day when Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife after 108 births and rebirths. For this reason, a woman fasts for the long life of their husband, while worshiping Goddess Parvati on this day. It’s also considered as a festival of devotion towards Mother Nature and family.

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Observance in India of Hariyali Teej:

Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the 3rd day of the first bright fortnight in the month of Shravan, hence the name Shravana Teej. Shravan usually falls between July-August, every year and marks the beginning of monsoon. It’s relation to the rainy season also verifies the name Hariyali which in turn means greenery; greenery after long periods of long dry summers. It usually falls two days before Panchami.

Celebration of Hariyali Teej:

Hariyali Teej celebrated by women.Image Source: Wikimedia commons
Hariyali Teej celebrated by women. Image Source: Wikimedia commons

Few words that relate to its celebration are swings, dancing, singing and fasting. In north India, one can witness women celebrating Hariyali Teej by wearing green bangles, jewelry, and colorful clothes. The married women observe fast for the well being of their husbands and the unmarried women fast for marital bliss. It’s a day that ends with dances and songs performed in the praise of Goddess Parvati.

The Indian cities where this festival is observed:

The cities that are considered the traditional areas for Hariyali Teej celebration are Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Haryana. Rajasthan ranks the highest when it comes to celebrating the festival with utmost joy and faith. In this state, processions of Teej Mata or Goddess Parvati are taken on the streets and one usually, see a large number of tourists flocking to get a glimpse of it. Performers occupy the streets of Rajasthan.

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Lastly, Hariyali Teej, a festival that witnesses fairs organized by local authorities and gifts exchanged by parents-in-law can only add vibrancy to a woman’s life, marking her devotion towards her family and husband.

– prepared by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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 And which type is contributing more dangerously to the society can easily be measured with our simple plus and minus equation

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  • India is plagued with a disease called Rape
  • There are no rigorous punishments for rape
  • Rapists openly commit crimes without anny fear

Why the clamour only for the rigorous punishment for rape and other sadistic crimes which have their roots in the mental-degeneration? Apart from the toughest punishment to the perpetrators, let’s go deeper to analyze what could be the possible  “causes”  that push men to commit rape. Why so much mental degeneration that certain individuals can stoop to the gutter being to their status, their position and social values? Well, how to address those issues is certainly a challenge. And that “challenge” certainly calls for a serious brain-storming and a serious self-assessment vise-a vise the environment in which we all are living.

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Rape culture in India garnered more spotlight following the Nirbhaya-gang rape, after which the issue has continue to remain a burning topic in the country. Pixabay

True, in the physical world we are highly convinced brag about that healthy environment is a must for our healthy living. Even kids know these days that we can’t breathe well if our surroundings are filled with high levels of  “toxicity”. We have well studied through our academic textbooks that people invite the environmental disaster if they keep on allowing excessive emission of CO2, CO, methane and other dangerous gases into the atmosphere. We have fully acknowledged that each tall and black chimney of the industries and the nozzles of the motor vehicles are here only to mar the beauty of this planet? What kind of damages the toxic gases are doing to our ecosystem are not at all tough job to analyze with modern appliances. Again, a lot amount of books have been published to create the awareness, to inform us about the scientifically tested measures to resolve the environmental concerns.

However, do we have the same amount of literature that pinpoint the “causes” which contribute to turning “males into perverts”? Who else is emitting the “toxic substances” that overpower the inborn sensitivity of the deviant? What are the properties of toxic filth that is polluting the mind-scape of the society? Now we have Donald Trump, the president of the USA, whom many prefer call him a pervert. At this rate, the number perverts are increasing and they have become dangerously ubiquitous. And, all those perverts have brought nightmares to the ill-fated females. We often stage candle march in protest against the rape, but remain blind to the glaring “causes”. Should we still fiddle about and be appreciative of the society that shameless covers itself with the vulgarity — the “toxicity” that might numb the sanity of males? Watch out, dear friends, those perverts have begun to see even “baby girls” as objects of lust!

Please note:  what our sages said:  “What you see that you think, what you think that you do and what you do that become !!!!”

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Again, I would like to draw another similarity with what prompt big people to “rape”/violate the harmony of the Mother Earth. The case is very regularly brought out by the conscious citizens across the country. A senior journalist Patricia Mukhim of Meghalaya has pointedly driven home recently how the “greed for money” has corrupted many leaders who are trying hard to justify the senseless exploitation of the “body” of Mother Earth. Many big shots of big companies struggle to convince the politicians to tweak the laws to grant the permission to perpetually “rape” the country.

In my mind, both are infected with common syndromes! While the one type is interested in the body of the females, the other type has a fetish for the rocky body of the “Mother Earth”. And which type is contributing more dangerously to the society can easily be measured with our simple plus and minus equation.

The rape victims are not getting the justice they deserve.
The rape victims are not getting the justice they deserve.

Let’s assess the issues from another angle, given the advancement of medical science. Till some years back malaria, dengue, cholera, HIV, smallpox were life-taking diseases. But the medical science has pretty successfully eradicated or contained them all. The scientists have correctly identified the causes of those dangerous diseases and recommended the remedial measures. No doubt, that is a very productive achievement. However, why have the modern studies practically failed to “identify the causes”  of the pandemic rise of the horrendous instances of rapes and criminality associated with them? Is it not a strong slap in the face of the modern civilization considering we have not yet spelt out the causes and the characteristic symptoms the  “toxic emitters” who turn decent males into sadists? How long will we endure the depravity which has already strangulated the decency of the society? Should we still wait to work out the tough laws? Should we still hitch to explore for the “causes” and remedial measures? I guess the time is ripe that each morally conscious individual be allowed a shotgun to shoot the “perversion and depravity” of any kind at sight!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.