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Sindhara is celebrated on the fortnight of the Sawan month (some time in July or August) just a day before Teej.Sindhara is the festival of the daughters-in-law - for their prosperity and long life. A day prior to the festival daughter-in-laws go and stay at their mother's house or at any of her own relatives' house.

On this day, mother-in-laws send baskets of fruit, boxes of mithai, cosmetics, perfumes, toys and games like chaupar to their daughter-in-laws. Since many people do not know how to play chaupar, Ludo can be substituted with it. Of course, one special item of mithai during this season is antharse-ki-goli.


The daughter-in-law returns to her-in-laws' house in the evening to perform the puja. When the daughter-in-law returns in the evening she gets with her baya that is sent by her mother.
The baya consists of:

(1) Four kachoris.
(2) Two khand-ki-puris (puris dipped in thick sugar syrup).
(3) Four antharse-ki-golis.
(4) Four types of fruit.
(5) Some money (Rs.5 to Rs.20).

It is expected, that on this day not just the daughter-in-law but most women on this day decorate their hands and feet with henna. And would also wear new clothes with zari and gota, and wear bangles.


The puja is done in the same manner as on the day of Karva Chauth. In the puja, offerings are made ot Gaur Mata, who is none other than Parvati. Her image is placed on a patta. This patta has been previously decorated. But the traditions suggests placing of a figurine of mud in place of Gaur Mata's picture. A diya is lit in front of the goddess, the women wear their chunri and then sit around Gaur Mata. Pujan is done first by sprinkling the water, this is followed by tying of roli and offering of rice and flowers. Covering their heads for the married is essential during the puja.

An elderly lady of the house then chants the words as on Karva Chouth, substituting the term Karva Chouth with Sindhara: 'Adde adde Shukalpakshe, Var (on whichever day it falls), Tith Sindhare (then the name of the person who is doing the ritual, followed by the husband's name) bahu manse hai kachori, khand-puri, phal, mithai, nagdi, barton (optional) apne suhag ke liye, rani ka sa raj dena, Gaur ka sa suhag dena, Sri Krishna nimat (translation given in the chapter on Karva Chouth). This baya is given to the mother-in-law or any other elder member of the house, if the mother-in-law is not present. There is no fasting on this day.

 

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