Sindhara Dooj is a Hindu festival that celebrates women, especially daughter-in-laws, on the second day of the bright fortnight of Shravan month. It falls during the Navratri festivities and is observed one day before Hariyali Teej and two days after Hariyali Amavasya.
The name Sindhara Dooj comes from the word 'sindhara', which means a bucket of gifts. On this day, married women receive sindhara from their parents or in-laws as a token of love and blessings. The sindhara may include clothes, jewellery, cosmetics, fruits, sweets and other items.
The festival also marks the onset of the monsoon season and brings relief from the scorching heat of summer. Women dress up in green clothes and adorn themselves with henna and bangles. They worship Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for marital bliss and happiness. They also apply kajal (eyeliner) to ward off evil eye and enhance their beauty.
Sindhara Dooj is a festival of joy and gratitude that strengthens the bond between women and their families. It is a time to celebrate womanhood and enjoy the bounty of nature.
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