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Teej Festival of Jaipur Rajasthan

Khamma Ghani/ Namaste/ Hello, the seasons of festivals has begun in Rajasthan (Rajputana), we recently celebrated “Teej”, a festival dedicated to women. One thing that I can assure you of is that it is the best time to be in Rajasthan. You want to know why? So here is the complete story which will make you visit the festival next time for sure.

The beliefs:

“Teej” festival is celebrated in the months of Monsoon, this period is known as “Bhadrapada” and “Shravana” in local terms (Period falls in the months of July, August and September). The day on which the festival is celebrated is determined by the calculation of Moon’s cycle, so there is no fixed date for the celebration (but you can know the date a year in advance so you can prepare for your tripsmiley).

 

According to the local belief, this is the day when Goddess “Parvati” returned from a long separation and reunited with Lord Shiva. You must be thinking, why this reunion is considered so important?, so here is the answer, it is believed that goddess ”Parvati” took 108 reincarnation (births) before Lord “Shiva” accepted her as wife. The day is considered very holy as in this day whosoever worships the Goddess “Parvati” is blessed with a happy married life and all the wishes are fulfilled. Married women pray for long and happy married life, and seek blessings from Lord “Shiva” and Goddess “Parvati”. Men on the other hand pray for a good rainy season and a good crop which will in turn brings happiness in the families. 

 

The Celebration:

 

The festival which is considered to be a symbol of Joy and Married life is celebrated for 3 days. Each of these days has its own importance as on the first day women enjoy feast prepared by the men, this day is known as “Khane Din”. The next two days are for fasting and prayers respectively.  

 

The occasion of Teej is celebrated with lots of fun and fare in Rajasthan. On this day Married women get gifts from their parent, which is known as “Sinjara”, this includes Bangles, Ghevar (Speciality of Rajasthani Cusine), Lahariya (Sari for all and Poshak for Rajput Ladies), Bindi and Vermilion etc. The women then use these to get themselves ready for the festive mood of the auspicious occasion the 'Sawan festival'.

 

Women and young girls gather in a common place nearby wearing colourful attires and traditional jewellery. They perform traditional dance and sing Teej songs while enjoying the swings hung on the tree decorated with flowers. A special part of the celebration is the “Teej Katha” (story of Teej) in this women gather to hear story of the legends associated with the festival, it is believed that hearing the story imparts the knowledge for a healthy relation and a happy life.

 

Women also observe fast, the fast is also unique in itself as they neither drink water nor they take food for entire day (known as “Nirjara Vrat”), on this day praying Goddess “Parvati” for long life and well-being of their husband. The fast is complete when women get a glimpse of the Moon in the sky which is quite tough in this season (if not then they complete their fast next day by offering water to the sun). This festival ultimately results in strengthening the bond between the couples.

 

The festival has lots of specialities for the foodies too, to delight your taste buds the season offers delicacies such as Sattu, Besan Ke Laddu, Fenni, Malpuas and Ghevar (Will tell you about the recipe of Ghevar in my next blogwink) etc.

 

 

The Ceremony:

 

The markets of Jaipur are filled with colourful clothing and accessories for women (Laheriya print) on this occasion. Various fairs and festivals are organised all around in the state with similar passion and beauty, but the most impressive one is organised in Jaipur the Capital of Rajasthan (Rajputana). The “Teej” procession of Jaipur not only attracts people from India but it also attracts a very large number of tourists from around the world.

 

“Teej” procession begins when beautifully decorated palanquin of goddess “Parvati” is taken out from the “Tripolia Gate” of Pink City. The palanquin and idol of Goddess “Parvati” is decorated by representatives of the Royal family of Jaipur. The palanquin is carried through the pink city by a team of eight men dressed in tradition red coloured dress. The procession includes elephants, horses and camels which parade before the goddess, their beautiful decoration in traditional manner enchants everyone in the crowd.

 

 

The procession also includes men and women dressed in traditional outfits. They sing, dance and perform in traditional way which lures the crowd to come back again every year. In all you can get to see the Rajasthani culture up close. The procession ends at Chaugan Stadium with performance of folk dances on the tunes of folk songs of Rajasthan (Rajputana).

 

Few tips for you when you visit Jaipur for Teej :

1. Reach early to the location to avoid rush. Also you will have to walk after you park your vehicle so be prepared as transport is not allowed to move inside the walled city on this day.

 

2. Try to get a seat on roof top of nearby market this will help you avoid the crowd.

 

3. Do take some eatable and drinking water you might not want to waste your time searching for them when the procession is at its best.

 

4. Last but not the least do take time to buy the delicacies that are prepared only for the occassion.

 

So when you are in Rajputana (Rajasthan) next for the Teej festival do share your experience.. smiley.......do write to me if you have any query at swaroop89@gmail.com.