Teej festival is one of the most popular festivals of India. It’s celebrated in all India but specially celebrating in jaipur with a real enjoyment.
Time: Hindu Month of Shravan (July-August)
Significance: Commemorates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Highlights: A huge procession carrying the idols of Teej and Gangaur
Teej is an important festival for the women of Rajasthan, in which they pray for the well being of their husbands. This festival marks the beginning of festive season in jaipur Rajasthan.
Teej of pinkcity is important by a large procession taken out in the city. On the Teej festival Ghewar (a sweet dish) is a special attraction. The Ghewar make in jaipur region only on Teej festival.
There are three kinds of Teej festival:
- Haryali Teej
- Kajari Teej
- Hartalika Teej
Haryali Teej is celebrated on the beginning of Monsoon season. Haryali means greenery, so Haryali Teej is associated with good harvest and prosperity. On this day women dress up in green colored clothes. They worship the Moon, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.
Kajari Teej is celebrated on third day of the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of Shravan month in Hindu calendar. On this day women gather to sing devotional songs and worship neem tree. Special procession is also organized to worship the beautifully decorated idol of Goddess Parvati.
This form of Teej is the most important Occasions during entire Teej festival celebrations. Hartalika Teej lasts for three days and women observe a fast on the second day that is called Nirjara Fast meaning 'fast without water'. Hartalika Teej fast is observed with great devotion for the long life and prosperity of Husbands.
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