Celebration of Teej Festival in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, being a desert state, marks the outbreak of monsoon with hearty celebrations. One such important festival is Teej, which falls on the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of “Shrawan” (July-August).Though it is also known as “Shrawan” festival, the mythological legends dedicate it to Goddess Parvati and her undying love and complete devotion towards her husband, Lord Shiva. The divine couple is considered to be a symbol of an ideal marriage. It is believed that invoking Goddess Parvati’s blessings on this day, results in continued marital bliss. Therefore, Teej is primarily celebrated by women commemorating the reunion of Goddess Parvati with her husband, Lord Shiv.

At the time of Teej, certain rituals and customs are followed by women so as to be blessed by Goddess Parvati. The various rituals include applying henna, adorning oneself, playing swings, observing a fast (without even consuming a sip of water!), worshipping Teej Mata (Goddess Parvati) and Vat-Vriksha (Banyan Tree), etc.

Teej Procession in Jaipur

A few days before the festival, idols of Goddess Parvati are beautifully bedecked with fine clothes and jewellery. This idol of Teej Mata is taken out in special processions where the idol of Goddess Parvati is kept on a palanquin covered with a canopy. Crowds of spectators and devotees come to view the procession. The procession includes singers, dancers, and folk artists following palanquin. Apart from this, there are caparisoned elephants, bullock carts, and chariots.

Many tourists flock the princely state to be part of Teej celebrations. This year, on July22 and 23 the royal palanquins, chariots would starts from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium.

Relish the colors of Rajasthan in this most unique and time-honored festival.

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