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What are the processes of Teej Pooja?

Women either gather at a nearby temple or a garden where the pooja is arranged. The main pooja takes place with holy offerings of flowers, sweets and coins. A semi-circle is created and an idol of Goddess Parvati is kept in the middle. A pujarin or all the ladies together narrate the holy Teej Katha. Young girls also sit to listen the auspicious katha. While listening to the katha, women are expected to put their mind and thoughts towards their soul mate.

When the puja gets over women offer fruits, flowers and other holy items and seek blessings of Goddess Parvati for marital bliss. Another very important part of Teej Pooja is the oil lamp which should be kept alight throughout the night as it is bad omen if it dies away.

At some places in India, after paying homage to Goddess Parvati, women bath with red mud found on the roots of the sacred Datiwan bush. This is an act of purification. It is believed that a woman is absolved from all sins after taking this holy bath.

At the end of the day, women share their happiness and joy by dancing and singing traditional songs in praise of Lord Shiva and her consort Parvati.

Teej Pooja Process & Vidhi

Teej pooja process includes the following:

  • Hindu women should get up early in the morning and take a bath with sesame and amalak powder
  • Wear new clothes given by her in laws
  • Take a sankalp to perform this fast with all her might, so that Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are pleased by her
  • Worship Lord Ganesh before she starts worshiping Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva
  • Then perform Ang Puja for Goddess Parvati
  • Bangles, turmeric, flowers, henna, kumkum or vermilion, sari are offered to Goddess Parvati
  • Special Naivedyam or bhog is prepared and offered to the divine couple
  • At the end of the puja the Teej katha is recited

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