In the high-rise buildings of Delhi NCR, there may be little scope to observe the rituals the way they were. Nevertheless, communities come together to revel in the spirit of festivities. Traditions take place in the modern setting with practical alterations.
As we enter the month of Shravan, it is time to welcome many festivals. Getting up early in the morning, wearing new clothes, cleaning up the house, and engaging in traditional rituals with family and friends; festivals fill us with excitement and warmth. They also bind us as a community. The first among these would be the Hariyali Teej.
This year, the Hariyali Teej, celebrated in the month of Sawan, would fall on July 31. The day is dedicated to worshipping the union of Lord Shiva with Goddess Paravati. As per Hindu legends, on this day, Lord Shiva recognized Goddess Parvati as his wife. Goddess Parvati had gone through penance and worshipped with strong faith to have Lord Shiva as her husband. As a result, the day holds a lot of significance for married women who worship Shiva and Parvati for conjugal bliss and happy married life.
Traditionally, people remember swings attached to tree branches in pastures and large-scale rituals taking place on the day. These may not be seen now. But still many find relevance today as well. On this day, women wear adorn themselves in solah shringar (the 16 adornments) and visit their parent’s homes. Gifts are exchanged within families. Generally, both married and unmarried women receive articles of decoration and new clothes. Mostly, the Hariyali Teej coincides with Jhulan Utsav which celebrates Radha and Krishna. As a result, going on the swing is also a major custom.
As we approach the festival, there is a good chance that the business of markets and henna owners will increase. And the communities will witness many vibrant social gatherings.
CitySpidey talked to some ladies from Delhi NCR about what the festival means to them and how they celebrate it.
Namitha Choudhary, a resident from Dwarka, who hails from the Madhubani district of Bihar says, “In Bihar, we celebrate Hariyali Teej as Madhushami. We observe a 15-day fast without salt beginning from Naag Panchami. During these, we worship the snakes to seek protection and blessings. Women also seek the blessings of Shiva and Parvati. This year, a pooja would be held at Golok park, sector 10 where we would gather for the pooja.”
For Anita Prajapati, a resident from Gaur City, Sixth Avenue, Greater Noida West Hariyali Teej is a celebration of womanhood. “Many society ladies come together for the celebration We wear new clothes and jewellery, wear mehndi and just enjoy ourselves. We also go to the society park and swing,” she says.
Lara, a resident of Nirala Eden society, Ghaziabad and homemaker by profession says, “We usually have a community event in our society. Women dress up in greens and there is a cultural program by women. As a homebaker, it is special for me as I get to share my cupcakes and pastries with people from our society, especially the children enjoy a lot.”
Saroj Sharma, a resident of Sadbhavna Apartments, sector 22, Dwarka says, “For me, it is the cultural aspect that fascinates me. I have been associated with Dwarka Hello Moms NGO where we gather, dress up, and enjoy games such as Tambola. It is a pleasant occasion for all ladies. Gifts are arranged for the kids. This year, I would be celebrating at the society.”