Haritalika Teej being celebrated
Sep 1, 2011 @ 14:39
Hindu women all over the country were celebrating Haritlika Teej on Wednesday by worshipping lord Shiva and fasting for marital bliss
Women clad in red Sari visit Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Kumbheshwar in Lalitpur and the nearby Shiva temples in other parts of the country. According to Hindu ritual, married women take fast for the whole day for the prosperity of their husband whereas unmarried women take fast to be blessed with a caring and a loving husband.
During fast, some women even abstain from drinking water throughout the day, while others consider even swallowing saliva as a sin.
Originally, Teej was a three day festival that falls on the end of August or early September. The first day is called ‘Dar Khane Din’, the second is a ‘fasting day’ and the third day is called ‘Rishi Panchami’ in Nepal which is a day to perform the Teej Puja. The festival commemorates Parvati’s union with Lord Shiva and is celebrated for marital bliss, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul.
To manage the crowd in the Pashupati area, around 3,000 security personnel have been deployed. Considering the essence of the festival, the District Administration Office has prohibited the use or sale of non-vegetarian items and drugs on the temple premises.
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