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Teej Festival - Bond of Love and Togetherness

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Teej is a significant festival in Hindu culture, celebrated annually by women in the Lhotshampa community. This festival is dedicated to goddess Parvati, the wife of lord Shiva, and is celebrated in the month of Bhadra (mid-September to early October) with much enthusiasm and fervor.

Teej festival is all about celebrating the bond of love and togetherness between a husband and wife. During this festival, women dress up in traditional red sarees and adorn themselves with gold jewelry. They observe a fast for the well-being of their husbands and pray for their long and healthy lives. Unmarried women also participate in the festival, praying for a loving and caring partner in the future.

According to Hindu mythology, Teej was first celebrated by goddess Parvati at the Himalayan mountain at Kailash during Dwapar Yug. She observed the fast and performed all the rituals wholeheartedly for the betterment of her husband, lord Shiva. Her dedication and devotion during the festival transformed the life of lord Shiva, and they lived happily ever after.

The celebration of Teej starts early in the morning with women taking a ritual bath before beginning their fast. They visit the temples and offer prayers to the goddess Parvati for the long and healthy life of their husbands. In the evening, Teej is celebrated with traditional songs, dances, and prayers creating a festive and joyous atmosphere.

While Teej is primarily celebrated by women, men are also seen participating in the festival in some communities. The festival not only strengthens the bond of love and togetherness between a husband and wife but also promotes unity and harmony within the community.

In conclusion, Teej is a religious and fascinating festival in Hindu culture that celebrates the bond of love and togetherness between a husband and wife. It is a festival of devotion and dedication, and its celebration brings joy and happiness to everyone in the community. Teej festival is a beautiful reminder of the power of devotion and transformation that can happen through love and selfless dedication.

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