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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.

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One can never find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now!  With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.

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Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcomed the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years.

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A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band took place magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.

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Rajasthan to celebrate Sawan Teej festival on 5th-6th August!

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Festivals are synonymous to Rajasthan. The vibrant culture of fascinating state of Rajasthan can not be experienced if you have not witnessed one of its many festivals!

The most beguiling is the Sawan Teej Festival celebrated in Jaipur with great pomp and show every year. This year it will be celebrated on August 5th and 6th 2016!

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About Teej Festival though is fêted all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days.

Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will also be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best and henna on hands add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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Travel Tip

The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special sitting area for foreign tourists, for comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

If you are in India around that time of the year, you should try to make arrangements to attend and experience this festival.

Must Carry– Camera to capture elaborated Teej procession

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Street Eats

You must try the special Teej sweet, GHEVAR and Feeni

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Must Shop– Special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, is must buy.

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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.

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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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Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today

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As Rajasthan celebrates its 65th Rajasthan Diwas this year on 30thMarch 2015, we tell you the magnificent journey of 64 years. What makes Rajasthan so unique is its colorful culture, rich heritage and one of the tourist hubs. The state dazzles in its beauty and every glimpse is captures with due importance.

1. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is a state which is known for the richness of traditions, and diverse culture. All the festivals are celebrated with joy, enthusiasm, zeal and zest. Some major fairs and festivals are Pushkar Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Fair, Gangaur, Teej, Marwar Festival, Holi and the list goes on.

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2. CUISINES

One cannot leave Rajasthan without tasting its food which is known for it spiciness and rich flavor. Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian but can be put together in a variety of mouthwatering dishes. A sweet is a must which is complemented with every meal. Some relishing dishes are dal bati churma which is a well known delicacy all around the world. Every region in Rajasthan has its own speciality and taste.

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3. FORTS, MONUMENTS & PALACES

Rajasthan is well known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces’. The forts of Rajasthan tell stories about the kings and queens and their journey during their period of reign. Each and every fort and fortress has a unique and unparalleled story behind it. Some monuments of Rajasthan are well recognized due to recognition by UNESCO, namely – Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh fort, etc.

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4. FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

The folk music and dance are important part of our culture and thus performed at every occasion, may it be a birth of a new born, anniversary or a welcome to the new season. The famous dance form of Rajasthan is Kalbelia, Terahtaali, Ghoomar, Chari, etc. Though dance is not the only art, music is considered important in the state of Rajasthan.

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5. WILDLIFE

Rajasthan is an abode to a number of species. It is known for diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan lying in a desert region and having a varied topography is a home to various species. The Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve are well known wildlife sanctuaries in this dry- arid region.

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6. HAND BLOCK PRINTING & BLUE POTTERY

Rajasthan is famous for its art and craft. Hand block printing, especially Bagru pint with floral and leaf motifs are seen and worn by a large number. Another recognized traditional art is of blue pottery, which has its origins from Rajasthan in India. In it the color blue and its shades are kept as the base color. Lehariya is also a style which originated from the land of Rajasthan.

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7. MUSEUMS

Museums are built to showcase the in-depth history of a place and to know about its culture. The museums of Rajasthan throw limelight to its rich heritage and varied, and diversified culture. Rajasthan is known worldwide for 1st silver museum in the world, situated in Udaipur. Not to forget the oldest museum of the state- Albert Hall, Jaipur is known for its rare articles. The other museums include- Government Museum in Jodhpur & Ajmer, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum in Jaipur, etc.

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Teej Procession attracted scores of tourists in the Pink city.

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Organized with great verve and vigor, the vibrant procession of Teej on its first day was witnessed by hundreds of tourists, the travel fraternity and a huge local populace.

The procession began from Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), meandering its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Ponderik Park near Chaugan Stadium.

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There were camels, horses and cultural performances like Kachchi Ghodi, Gair, Kalbaliya and chakri dances entertained the spectators. The procession also  included beautifully decorated cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse carriage and decorated chariots accompanied by a number of performing bands.

The Sawari of Goddess Teej (Mata Parvati) was at the end followed by chobdar and traditionally dressed women with brightly decorated earthen pots on their head.

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One of the major tourist attraction in Jaipur-Rajasthan, Teej Festival every year is marked by Hindu women to worship Goddess Parvati for marital bliss, well being of spouse, children and purification of one’s own body and soul.

 

Jaipur is all set to witness Sawan Teej festival on 30 and 31st July

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No better way to experience the vibrant culture of fascinating Jaipur than attending one of its many festivals.

Springs, with a respite from heat and sun’s rage, brought in the spirit of Teej festival,

Teej Festival though, is celebrated all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is fêted to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days.

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Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will also be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events. Where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities besides enjoying the wonderful sight of colorful 80 ft. fountains at Pondrik Uddyaan. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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Travel Tip

The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special seating area for foreign tourists, for comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

If you are in India around that time of the year, you should try to make arrangements to attend and experience this festival.

Must Carry– Camera to capture elaborated Teej procession

Street Eats– You must try the special Teej sweet, GHEVAR and Feeni

Must Shop– Special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, is only available at this time of year in the shops. Wide variety of handicrafts also available.

Festivals in Rajasthan

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Very rarely a week goes by without some kind of festival, celebration or event taking place in Rajasthan. From religious gatherings to festival of elephants, camels and cattle, the calendar of Rajasthan is overflowing with special days, which means you’re spoiled for choices.

There is quite simply no better way to experience the vibrant culture of this fascinating place than attending one of the many festivals. Every festival with pomp and pageantry celebrated all over the state are our favorites, but all these festivals display the most vibrant milange of colors, cheer and fervor in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur where enthusiasm is at its peak and tourists flock these cities specially for the historical values and fabulous experiences they offer!!

The two most important festivals celebrated in the month of June and July are Teej Festival and Jagannath Rath Yatra.

Jagannath Rath Yatra (June 29, 2014) is an extra ordinary chariot festival devoted to Lord Krishna that originated in Jagannath Puri Udaipur holds the distinction of holding the 3rd largest Rath Yatra in India. The city has two Rath Yatras on the same day at different locations. Everyone chants Hare Krishna and dance in ecstasy as Krishna in his most merciful form of Jagannath is pulled along on a huge wooden cart.

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Teej Festival (July 30-31, 2014) is celebrated all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati wind s magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days.

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