Teej Festival in Jaipur – A Colorful Celebration
Jaipur is a city with heritage hotels, palaces and monuments while several tourists visit this city around the year. The people are multi- talented and the city is colorful but to see the city in full vibrancy it is best to visit during the festivals & fairs.
The Teej Festival of Jaipur is one such colorful celebration where several traditional local people take part and celebrate the festival and visitors and tourists watch. This is one of the most lively and active celebration time to visit Rajasthan to be part of the Teej Festival. Women not only dress in green showing the start of monsoon season but all colors of freshness as in newly weds.
History of Teej Festival
This is celebrated in several parts of Rajasthan but most lively in the city of Jaipur. The festival is held at monsoon season and is not on a particular date each year. So, the Teej Festival 2018 is celebrated on 12 August, 2018.
Although, both men and women participate the festival it mostly involves women in the processions and preparations. There are also three types of Teej Festivals known as Kajari Teej, Hartalika Teej & Hariyali Teej. In Jaipur, the Teej procession is carried out over a period of at least 2 days in Old City of Jaipur.
Significance of Teej Festival
It marks the oncoming of the heavy monsoons as that means prosperity as crops grow in the rains in the dry desert land of Jaipur. The festival is celebrated on the 3rd day of the new moon fortnight into Shravan, the Hindu month that falls between July & August of a calendar year.
Women dress in green saris to show greenery in the pink city during this season. It also mainly signifies marital bliss as women pray for health & wellness of their husbands to Goddess Parvati. They usually wear attire in rich vibrant colors and accessories to signify prosperity and freshness.
Origin of Teej Festival
As per the beliefs of Hindu customs and in mythology, it is said that the Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva got back together on this particular day. After doing hard spiritual penance and several different births on earth, it was a successful re-union between Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva.
According to the mythology, it is until the 107th re-birth that she finally received Shiva as her husband after he accepted her hard penance, devotion, and realized how much she loved him. So, as it was after a long time and her perseverance that she finally got such a moment in her life, Goddess Parvati declared that this moment is a great auspicious time for girls & women in their lives. On this auspicious day, if any woman invokes the Goddess, then she blesses them with a blissful married life.
How is Teej Festival Celebrated?
During the Teej Festival in Jaipur young girls and married women take out a colorful procession carrying a Goddess Teej Mata. First the idol of the goddess is dressed up in a colorful sari and accessories and then they take out the procession while chanting religious prayers. This is the best time to listen to the songs that the ladies sing while going on the procession. These are generally devotional songs dedicated to Goddess Parvati.
During the three days festival, the womenfolk who are celebrating this festival do not sleep for 3 nights. This tough ritual is symbolic to the tough penance that Goddess Parvati did to attain the love of Shiva.
It is a vibrant and colorful sight in Jaipur as the place is decorated and lighted up in the evening. The gardens and gardens are also kept fresh and organized in a pretty way. There are flowers in various places as you can see young girls swinging while enjoying themselves on a swing. The swings are specially made and decorated in spring flowers especially marigold specially for the Teej Festival.
The dressed up idol of Teej Mata is taken on a procession with women chanting and singing devotional songs. There is lot of happiness and prayers for their husband’s well being during this time while unmarried girls pray for a good husband. Women also go to their parents houses and are gifted with new colorful gifts and saris. The procession is a long walk that finally ends at a place known as Kanak Vrindavan.
So, if you are going on a trip to the Pink City in Rajasthan, then plan it in advance with Palace on Wheels train to visit during the Teej Festival to see the Pink City of Jaipur in many colors and freshness. The Teej Fair is the best time to witness the culture, rituals, traditions, and talent of the Rajasthani people.
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