Celebrating Teej

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Rajasthan is mostly related to its Valor, Forts & Palaces, Gritty people, varied natural terrains, love for colors is known for its fairs and festivals too. Every festival celebrated in Rajasthan accompanies a fair or with a procession of the deity whose festival is being celebrated. The joyous nature of people of Rajasthan and the determination to celebrate even if odds are against have given way to many folk festivals along with the ones which are celebrated throughout the country.

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Every region in Rajasthan has distinct folk festival.  In Jaipur, a yearly feature ‘Teej’ is celebrated during the rainy season. This festival is unique in two respects that firstly, it is celebrated to pay reverence to Mother Nature for its benevolence in form of rains in otherwise arid area. Secondly, this festival can be touted as days of feminine freedom and romance wherein women express them to woo their beaus by tattooing their hands and feet with decorative designs using Henna as medium, wearing lehariyas, a distinctive fabric design depicting waves and offering them with sweets.

Teej Procession

 

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Once, relieved from the domestic chores, decorated women take off to Gardens where swings tied to large trees await to let them take a skyward journey portraying freedom from otherwise men’s domain the whole year. The procession of Teej Mata, the deity of the festival is taken out for two days. It starts from the Janaani Dyodhi, house for queens adjacent to royal abode and culminates in Talkatora Lake situated in back yards of royal estate where a fair is held where women flock in large numbers. The procession which passes through Tripoliya Gate, Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar is watched by locals and foreign tourists flocking in large number. One can see urbane rustic hailing from neighboring villages celebrating with equal gusto and religious fervor.

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Teej is not just a folk festival but it has religious relevance with a belief that Goddess Parvati on first Savan, the Indian month of rains, upon her marriage to Lord Shiva came to her parental house and after a long gap, when Lord Shiva went to his in-laws place, goddess Parvati in an effort to woo her husband decorated herself and appeased him with sweets. This act of goddess Parvati became a ritual observed by Hindu women.

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