fasts can be kept by both married women for the welfare and long life of their husbands and a happy marital life and also by unmarried women who wish to seek a compatible husband. Women bedeck themselves in beautiful bright saris and bangles and also apply henna on their hands.(Also read:This Teej, Make Yourself 5 Delicious Indian Desserts)According to Hindu scriptures, Goddess Gauri is the embodiment of austere penance and with her deep devotion she won Lord Shiva as her consort. She took birth on earth in the form of King Daksha’s Daughter Sati. Bewitched with the charm of Lord Shiva as a maiden, she started meditating to beget Lord Shiva in the form of her husband. Immensely pleased by her penance, Lord Shiva appeared before her. According to some legends, Goddess Sati got married to Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of the Tritiya of Shukla Paksha. Even in her second birth as Parvati, she observed an even tougher penance, renouncing all material comforts that came to her as a princess and headed to the forest to meditate like a sage. She meditated for years, not consuming a single grain of food or water. She braved storms, rains, and droughts to finally attain Lord Shiva as her consort.
Several folklore associated with Gangaur are recited and narrated in the festival by elders. The traditional sweet of Rajasthan, Ghevar is prepared and distributed to friends and family.(Also read: Bite into Ghevar, the Sinful Honeycomb Indian Sweet)
On the day of Gauri Teej, devotees perform a special pooja in the morning after taking a bath, clad in their bright coloured clothes. Then, they narrate the Gauri Katha (the legend of Goddess Gauri seeking Lord Shiva as her consort) followed by pooja and sankalpa. Married women observing the rituals offer Goddes Gauri, kumkum, sandal powder and flowers. Ganesh pooja precedes the pooja of God Shiva and Goddess Gauri. Lord Ganesha is worshiped with water, roli, vermillion, sacred thread, rice, betel leaves, cloves, supari, cardamom, bel patra,fruits, and dry fruits. The idol of the goddess is bathed with panchamrit, and decorated with vermillion, sandalwood paste and henna. Women adorn and decorate the idol of Goddess Gauri as a newly wedded bride. This year, Tritiya Tithi begins at 02:46 a.m on 30th March 2017
Tritiya Tithi ends at 23:42 p.m on 30th March 2017Happy Gauri Teej everyone!
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