Thursday, October 4, 2012

Teej festival

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Teej festival is traditionally celebrated by hindu women but nowadays Buddhist women also celebrate.Teej is celebrated in India and Nepal especially by women in the months of July-August marking the advent of monsoon. Teej festival symbolize to show reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Both married and unmarried women seek her blessings for their happy marital life,on the teej festival.
Women go their parents home to celebrate Teej festival.Wearing new clothes, usually gifted by the woman's parents, are worn, and women get together to fast and to offer prayers to the goddess Parvati, whose devotion to her husband, Shiva, is considered exemplary.
Dar Khane is first day of festival, this day both married and unmarried women,mainly chettri and bharman ethnic group, assemble at one place and dancing and singing devotional songs.
The second day of festival is the fasting day. Some women live without a food and drops of water while others take ,liquid juice,water,milk and fruit. They go to offer flowers, sweets and coins to pashupatinath temple.otherwise any Shiva temple, offering.
Teej is celebrated just before the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi is called Rishi Panchami, is third day of festival,After the completion of the previous day's puja, women pay homage to various deities and bath with the roots of the sacred datiwan bush, along with its leaves. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from all their sins. 

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