My message on the occasion of Teejread more
3rd day is Rishi Panchami which is celebrated as a day of purification. On this day women pay homage to seven saints or sages and offer praying to various deities and bathe with red mud found on the roots of the sacred datiwan bush, along with its leaves after which women are considered absolved from all their sins.
Those who don't understand essence of fasting; it is just a torture for them where they are not allowed to eat....
if you are among these then please understand, when you fast in the name of god, or for husband or for any cause, the effect not being related to cause but the action of fasting, fasting will only effect you.
It is scientifically proven that fasting increases your satvic gunas (i.e. feel light, calm,serene and more receptive mind)
Happy teej to everyone, please don't take fasting as a burden, let's save our culture and don't fast if you are already diseased in such a way that fasting is dangerous to you.
Ok let's understand the festival Teej now,
Literally, "teej" means "third". Therefore Teej falls on the third day after the moonless night (Amavasya) and the third day after the full moon night of every month which means there are 24 teej each year. However, the third day after the new moon or Amavasya of Shraavana (श्रावण) month is the most important Teej.
Teej is celebrated over three days:
1st day is day of feast which is also called 'dar khane din'. The essesnce of this day is that feast is hosted by gentleman. Women who spend most of the time of the year cooking and serving others get freedom from cooking, they spend all day dressing up and make up to full extent. (please don't curse me, if these thing don;t happen these days). They sing and dance on this day.
2nd day is the day of fasting. Some women live without a morsel of food and drops of water while others take liquid and fruit. The fasting is observed by both married and unmarried women. The main puja (religious ceremony) takes place with offerings of flowers, fruits, etc., made to Shiva and his wife goddess Parvati, beseeching them to grant their blessing upon the husband and family. The important part of the puja is the oil lamp which should be alight throughout the night. It is believed that by the lightening of oil lamp all night long will bring peace and prosperity to the husband and entire family.