Teej 2017: Celebrated to welcome the rain gods, the festival of Teej is here. The Hindu festival of Teej is celebrated across northern and western India and is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. It is believed that women celebrate this festival to praise Goddess Parvati and to seek blessings for a happy married life and the health of their family. Women, to celebrate the festival sing, dance and perform rituals for the gods.
While some women fast during the day, others pay rich tributes. Some women also decorate their palms with henna. One ritual which is followed the most is to ride swings. Huge swings are attached to Banyan trees and women take turns to swing on them
In most places, Teej is celebrated together. Some of the most important components of Teej are colourful bangles, Bindis and other things which are of significance to married women.
According to India.com, to celebrate Hartalika Teej Vrat during morning is considered auspicious. The muhrat lasts for 2 Hours 43 Mins. Muhrat for Pratahkal Hartalika Puja falls between 05:46 PM to 08:30 PM on August 24th. According to Drik Panchang, Tritiya Tithi began at 17:32 on August 23, 2017 and will end at 16:57PM today.
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Women who celebrate the festival offer ‘Ghevar’ to Lord Shiva and Parvati. Along with ‘Ghevar’ fresh fruits and things related to married women are also offered.