KATHMANDU, SEP 07 - Teej is celebrated by Hindu women when they observe fasting for the well-being of their family, particularly the husband. A three-day affair is basically associated with marital sanctity. The first day, which falls on Saturday this year, is called ‘Dar Khane Din’, when women eat delicious food. The second day is ‘fasting’ while on the third day—called ‘Rishi Panchami’—devotees perform a pooja.
Hindu mythology has it that Goddess Parvati observed a fasting wishing Lord Shiva to be her husband and she was granted her wish. Thus, married women observe fast for the longevity of the life of their husband while the unmarried ones are believed to get a groom of their choice.
Women assemble in their finest attire and start dancing and singing songs—devotional as well as those depicting their pains and sorrows—all day long on the first day of the festival, as well as the fasting day. They visit a nearby Shiva temple to worship Shiva and Parvati and seek their blessing upon their husband and the family. The last day is marked by women paying homage to various deities and purifying themselves with bathing and brushing with the sacred plant called datiwan.
Posted on: 2013-09-08 08:29