28 August 2014 – Kathmandu – Nepal where festival are more than days if you calculate all the religion living in Nepal, Hindu women from Nepal and neighboring India and Bangladesh also celebrating one of the holiest festival of women today. Fasting for full day till sun set even not swallowing the saliva to protect their husband’s good health and long life. Women who fast visits various temple in red attire showing their gratitude as married and husband is still alive, worship lord Shiva and sing and dance typical lyrics to pass their day.
The Capital city has been crowded with women clad in red saris and worshiping Lord Shiva.
The Pashupatinath temple area in Gaushala has been bathed in red, the colour of dresses devotee women wore. Married women and unmarried girls have been dancing to traditional and modern Teej songs in the temple premises.
Married women fast for the whole day on this very day for the prosperity of their husband whereas unmarried women fast to be blessed with a caring and a loving husband.
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.
Security at Pashupatinath temple has been heightened in view of the festival.
Hindu women observe the fasting for the well-being of their family, particularly the husband. A three-day affair is basically associated with marital sanctity. The first day, which falls on Saturday this year, is called ‘Dar Khane Din’, when women eat delicious food. The second day is ‘fasting’ while on the third day—called ‘Rishi Panchami’—devotees perform a pooja.
Hindu mythology has it that Goddess Parvati observed a fasting wishing Lord Shiva to be her husband and she was granted her wish. Thus, married women observe fast for the longevity of the life of their husband while the unmarried ones are believed to get a groom of their choice.
Festivals in recent days are being more fashionable than traditional, even teej festival is for 3 days event, women of middle and higher class has started partying since Janaipurnima day which is full-moon day some 15 days earlier than the actual teej starts. Preserving the tradition and culture should be the responsibility of a society but modifying according to their will and fashioning them could disappear the culture forever.