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Haritalika Teej festival being observed


BINOD: Hindu women across the nation are celebrating the Haritalika Teej festival with zeal and zeast on Thursday.

The day falls on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight in the month of Bhadra).

Women celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, dancing and offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The festival is also marks the union of Shiva and Parbati.

The festival is a three-day-long celebration which combines gatherings‚ singing‚ dancing, eating Dar and rigid fasting.

The first day of Teej is called Dar Khane Din.

Swastani Bratakatha explains that Godess Parvati did not consume anything except for a banana and water a night before fasting. Following the same tradition‚ women today make delicious food items and eat them in the middle of the night with other family members to mark the darr khane din.

The second day is the fasting day. Women spent the day without a morsel of food and a drop of water. The fasting is observed by both married and unmarried women.

Married Hindu women pray for marital bliss along with well-being and prosperity of their spouse while unmarried pray to the deity in the hope of getting ideal husband in future. The festival also marks the purification of their body.

The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. 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. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej.

Women clad in red sari, bangles, mehendi and ornaments throng Shiva temples, especially PashupatinathTemple in Kathmandu, to offer prayers.

The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has arranged three entry points—Bankali-Char Shivalaya-Panchadeval-Bajraghar-Dakshin Dhoka, Jaya Bageshwori-Bhuwaneshwori-Falame Pul-Pashim Dhoka and Mitrapark-Gaurighat-Umakunda-Dakshina Murti-Rudragadeshwor-Bashuki.

The PADT said that the arrangements has been made in such a way that no devotee has to wait for more than an hour to reach the temple.

As many as 4,043 cops, both in uniform and civvies from Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force have been deployed around the temple area for the security.

According to the Hindu mythology‚ Goddess Parvati fell in love with Lord Shiva. She wanted him as her life partner. Parvati then fasted and prayed for Shiva. She did not drink even a single drop of water. Pleased by her devotion‚ Shiva granted her wish and finally Parvati was able to get him as her spouse.

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