Friday, May 4, 2012
Teej Brata The fasting festival (women only)
This three- day festival ends on the fifth day of the waxing moon. Heavy feasting of the first day is followed by a very strict fasting of 24 hours. The fasting, which is called Teej fasting, is performed for the well-being of one’s husband. Even the unmarried girls take part in the rites with great enthusiasm because of the belief that the great god Shiva blessed then enabling them to find a good husband. According to Hindu mythology goddess Parvati performed severe penance on the occasion and she got great Shiva as her husband. The festival ends with Teej Puja, in which they invoke the gods on behalf on the husband. Women take both in holy rivers in preparation for the Puja. Folks of women, dressed in the bright red saris and gold ornaments offer worship to Shiva Linga, sacred phallus. This includes the atonement of female sins. The rules for Puja is believed to be prescribed by the merciful goddess Parvati herself.
Source: Nepal Tourism Board