Here comes the Joyous Festival of Teej, which holds a powerful traditional and cultural significance in India and Nepal. This year 5th August 2016, is the date marked for the celebration. The festival plays a significant role in defining true relationship of a married couple.
On this day, Women pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati seeking their blessings and fasts for the long life and well-being of their Husbands.
History of Teej:
It is believed that the name was derived from small red insect called ‘Teej’ that emerges from earth in monsoon season.
According to mythology, Goddess Parvati carried out fast for 108 years to prove her love and devotion for Lord Shiva. The festival exemplifies and symbolize the sacrifice of wife to win Heart and mind of the husband. On this day, Goddess Parvati came to the Lord Shiva’s abode, marking the union of Husband and wife.
Some scriptures even say that Goddess was born 107 times before she was reborn as Parvati, and on 108th birth she was granted the boon to be the wife of Lord Shiva.
The festival is marked by joyful celebrations by women, who enjoy swing rides, song and dance. Women often apply henna tattoos and adorn themselves with jewellery and traditional Indian outfits. Special sweet, Ghewar is distributed as religious offering (Prasad).
The festival is celebrated to Strengthen Relationships. Women who observe fast for the long life of their husband in earnest devotion feel closer and more committed to their husband. While watching their wife straining themselves, husbands feel more special. They reciprocate by being more loving and caring towards their wife.
Significance of Teej:
The festival is significant mainly for two reasons: Firstly it celebrates the victory of a wife’s love and devotion for her husband and secondly, it welcomes the monsoons, the season which brings joys for people when they can take a break from scorching heat.