Friday, August 23, 2013

Kajari Teej: The Festival Of Swings

Kajari Teej is celebrated on the 23rd of August 2013. It is a much awaited festival for the women folk, as they are the stars of this festival. Kajari Teej is celebrated on the 3rd day of Krishna Paksha. While Kajari Teej is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada according to North Indian Calendar, down South, which follows the Amavasyant calendar, this festival is celebrated in the month of Shravan. Kajari Teej or Badi Teej is also called the festival of swings.

Now, Let's see in detail how this festival is celebrated across India.

Kajari Teej is celebrated as a welcome for the monsoon season after enduring the scorching heat of summer. This is a major event in Rajasthan, MP, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Kajari Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, hence special pujas and rituals are performed on this day.

Kajari Teej in Bundi Rajasthan

The procession of the idol of Goddess Parvati in the city of Bundi, Rajasthan is the main event of Kajari Teej. This festival attracts thousands and thousands of tourist every year. As the Procession moves around the city, devotees throng the streets to get a glimpse of the idol. The event is celebrated in a grand scale with elephants and camels and what not brought in, specially for the festival. Goddess Parvati is decorated with new clothes, diamond, gold, rare gemstones and looks enchanting to the eyes. The day continues with performances like Rajasthani folk dance, rope walk, folk music and much more.

A day for women folk

Women love this festival as I said earlier, they get to be stars for the day. Women dress up in the most finest attire, and are treated to gifts and treats by their relatives. Some women observe fast for the well being of their husband. This is a very difficult task which involves fasting the whole day without consuming even water. Married women visit their parents home and get gifts and treats. Later the women gather around and make for a fun evening where dance, music and playing in the swing takes center stage. Overall, Kajari teej is a festival for fun, treats and worship. 

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Wishing everyone a Happy Teej !!

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