Teej 2020 is a Hindu festival for women, married and unmarried alike, to pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. While the married women ask for the longevity of their husbands, unmarried women ask for a husband like Lord Shiva. As Goddess Parvati performed strict tenacities to get Lord Shiva as her husband, so any woman who fasts on this day of Teej 2020 can get her desired husband. There are several days that are celebrated as Teej 2020. Each of these days have a different story and significance associated with it, but it all boils down to the women celebrating this day with much enthusiasm for a loved life. Teej means the third day, and the celebration of Teej 2020 falls during the months of Monsoon, and each festivity celebrates the union of Goddess Parvati with Lord Shiva.
The festivals of Teej 2020 traditionally fall on the Tritiya or Teej (third day)of the month of Shravan and that of the waning and waxing moon of Bhadrapada. These festivities by the women is a celebration of the monsoon season where they pray to Goddess Parvati seeking the wellness of their husbands, their children, and themselves.
Let us find out the dates and type of Teej 2020.
Before moving ahead to the celebrations, methods, and more of the Teej 2020, let us first know the dates.
Below are the dates for Teej 2020:
|Akshaya Tritiya 2020 or Akha Teej 2020||Tuesday||May 07|
|Hariyali Teej 2020||Saturday||Aug 03|
|Kajari Teej 2020||Sunday||Aug 18|
|Hartalika Teej 2020||Sunday||Sep 01|
We hope that these Teej 2020 dates will be helpful for you in planning your festival meticulously.
As mentioned earlier, Teej 2020 is a cumulative term used to describe each of the various festivals that fall under this umbrella. Let us now discover how each Teej 2020 is different yet similar, understand their origin, meaning, and significance:
The festival of Akha Teej 2020 is also called Akshaya Tritiya. It is considered to be an auspicious day for Hindus. Akha Teej 2020 or Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Vaishakha. The meaning of the word ‘Akshaya’ is ‘money or something that never ends,’ while the word ‘Tritiya’ signifies ‘the third day’. Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej 2020 is the celebration for unending prosperity for Hindus. Usually, Parashurama Jayanti is also celebrated on the same day of Akshaya Tritiya. It is believed that Lord Vishnu incarnated as his sixth avatar, Lord Parashurama on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Special Pujas (worship) are performed on Akha Teej 2020 for Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord of wealth (Kuber).
These are some of the benefits of Akha Teej 2020. Let us take a look at other Teej 2020 festivals.
Another important Teej 2020 is Hariyali Teej 2020. As per Hindu calendar, Hariyali Teej 2020 falls on the third day of Shukla Paksha in Shravan month. Hariyali Teej is also known as Singhara Teej 2020. Hariyali means greenery, thus the name of the festival, as it is believed that in this month, the earth gets draped in greenery after the season of summer.
The rituals of Hariyali Teej 2020 are extremely significant for newly married females. Women visit their homes and receive gifts of Shringar items like Bindi, Sindoor (vermilion), Mehendi (henna), Bangles, etc. from her parents. Along with that her mother-in-law also receives jewelry and clothes on her first Hariyali Teej 2020. On Hariyali Teej 2020, married women worship Goddess Parvati. The day is filled with swinging, laughing, and making merry with her friends in her parent’s place, carnivals, dressing up, and more. Some of the places where Hariyali Teej 2020 is celebrated on a large scale are Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and northern part of India.
Kajari Teej 2020 is also known as Kajli Teej 2020. Kajari Teej 2020 is celebrated on the Tritiya (third day) of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada. Other names for this celebration is Boodhi Teej 2020 and Badi Teej 2020. Kajli Teej 2020 celebrations last for two days and sometimes continue upto the birthday of Lord Krishna, i.e., the festival of Janmashtami. Goddess Uma (form of Goddess Parvati) is worshiped on this day.
On the occasion of Kajari Teej 2020, women observe a fast to please Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Through the Kajari Teej 2020 Vrat, they pray for their husband's long life and wellness. The songs they sing either describe the pining for their husbands or waiting for their brothers. On this occasion, women would leave their husband’s home and go to their parents’ place to celebrate Teej 2020. Therefore, they either sing songs of missing their husband while they pray to Lord Shiva, or waiting for their brothers to come and take them from their husband’s home.
Hartalika Teej 2020 is also amongst the four important Teej 2020 festivals. As per the Hindu calendar, Hartalika Teej is celebrated on Tritiya (third day) of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Shravana. This month of Shravan is the favourite of Lord Shiva and Hartalika Teej 2020 celebrates the reunion of Goddess Parvati with Lord Shiva. During this time, Goddess Parvati performed severe tenacities to attain Lord Shiva as her husband. Ever since then, women pray to Goddess Parvati in the form of Hartalika and fast on this day of Teej 2020 to attain a husband like Lord Shiva.
Although the rituals of Hartalika Teej 2020 are same as other Teej Vrat, yet there are some differences.
It is believed that those who observe the fast of Hartalika Teej 2020, Lord Shiva fulfills all their desires. The states in which Hartalika Teej is celebrated on a large scale are Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar.
While Akha Teej 2020 is observed on Tritiya of Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Vaishakh, Hariyali Teej 2020 takes place on Tritiya during Shukla Paksha of Shravan Maas. Simultaneously, Kajari Teej 2020 and Hartalika Teej 2020 are observed on Tritiya of Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha, respectively during the Bhadrapada month. Since, all the Teej 2020 festivals occur on the third day (Tritiya) of their respective months, hence its name.
Now that we know about all four Teej festivals, let us find out the story behind celebrating Teej 2020.
The legend of Teej 2020 festival is related to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Parvati, a reincarnation of Adi Shakti, admired Lord Shiva and wanted to marry Him. Hence, she prayed to Lord Shiva with full devotion and dedication, and performed severe tenacities, for a period of 108 years according to some sources. Impressed by her dedication and knowing that Aadi-Shakti was now ready, Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife. Since then, the festival of Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as ‘Teej Mata’. The divine reunion of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for a blissful marriage remains to be the prime reason for celebrating Teej 2020.
Married women fast and celebrate, praying for a long life of their husbands, while unmarried girls fast in hopes of getting their desired husband, like Goddess Parvati. Teej 2020 is one of the most popular festivals among the married women. This festival during the Shravan Maas (month) is considered extremely important. Teej 2020 signifies the devotion of a woman toward her husband. It is believed that through severe dedication, a woman can attain the eternal blessings of Almighty.
So, on this Teej 2020, fast to appease Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and get their blessings to attain the man of your dreams.
Just like any other festival, Teej 2020 also has some important rituals. Some of these traditions to be followed during Teej 2020 are given below:
These are some of the important rituals that should be followed during Teej 2020. Let us now find out how our diverse country celebrates Teej 2020, in various ways.
During Teej 2020, there is no part of the country which is less than another in the celebrations. The celebrations of Teej 2020 in the states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh., Haryana, and Punjab happen on a large scale. Not only in India, but also outside, Teej 2020 is celebrated with much joy, enthusiasm, and vibrancy. During this festival, special fairs and carnivals are set up in many places with swings and more. Women across the country dress up in different vibrantly colored sarees, suits, and Lehengas.
Let’s have a look at how women all around the country celebrates Teej 2020.
Teej 2020 in Rajasthan is a two-day celebration. During this time, special processions of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are taken through the streets, and the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati are called Gangaur and Teej, respectively. Another name given to the Teej 2020 is ‘Gangaur’ in Rajasthan. Special sweets, especially Ghewar , are prepared and offered to the deities. Special Teej songs and dances are organised along with swings. Teej festival in 2020 will again be celebrated with the same devotion towards Goddess Teej/Parvati and Lord Gangaur/Shiva once again.
Teej 2020 in Andhra Pradesh is celebrated by the nomad (Banjara) community. Teej 2020 is also known as ‘Gowri Habba 2020’. The festivities continue for a week. On the first day, all the unmarried nomad tribe females put wheat in the bamboo basket. On the last day, after sowing the wheat, the bamboo basket is taken for procession and immersed in a water body (pond, river, sea).
Teej 2020 is extremely popular with females in the regions of Haryana. This festival is known and celebrated as Hariyali Teej 2020. On this occasion, all the girls of the house are gifted new clothes by the members of the family. During the evening, they offer their prayers to Goddess Parvati after listening to the Hariyali Teej Vrat Katha. The evening is followed by dancing on Teej songs, as well as making merry and swinging on swings which are set up especially for Teej 2020.
Teeyan or Teej 2020 is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm by the women of Punjab. They perform their traditional dance ‘Giddha’ signifying a blissful and happy conjugal life. During Teej 2020, the entire state of Punjab is draped in vibrant colors of fun and joy, as all the women, married and unmarried, celebrate this festival with much excitement.
Teej 2020 in Nepal is observed with much enthusiasm and joy. Nepali Teej 2020 is a very popular festival, the celebrations for which continues for three days by the women of Nepal. They observe a Nirjala Vrat, never letting any of the pain come to their faces as they take part in the festivities with much excitement. On this day, all women gather at a place in small groups and sing Nepali Teej songs, also known as Teej Geet. Special dances are also performed by the groups.
Teej 2020 is one such festival, which strengthens the bond of marriage and relationship. It is a day to remember the Almighty and offer your prayers with full devotion. During Teej 2020, a woman’s devotion to her husband is clearly stated, as she observes a strict day of dedication for her husband’s well being and long life. Teej 2020 is observed in the month of Sawan, when rains are a sign of relief from the scorching heat of summers. Along with the rains, blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are received by all of us. MyKundali hopes that as you enjoy and celebrate Teej 2020 during the month of Sawan, all your wishes are granted, and desires fulfilled by Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.