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11th September 2010. Millions of Nepalese women are celebrating Haritalika Teej today by worshiping Lord Shiv and fasting for longevity and prosperity of their husbands. Unmarried women also celebrate the day to be blessed with loving and caring husbands.

Women clad in bright red attire are visiting Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Kumbheshwar in Lalitpur and Shiv temples in other parts of the country.

According to the rutual, married women fast for the longevity and good health of their husbands and unmarried women fast to get a good husband. They feast heavily on the eve of Teej and adhere to stringent fasting on Teej day. Some women even abstain from drinking water through out the day, while others consider even swallowing saliva as a sin. However, doctors warn such practice is not good for health.

According to Hindu mythology, goddess Parbati was blessed with Lord Mahadev as her husband because she fasted on this day.