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Teej Festival

Indian is popularly known as the ‘Land of Festivals’. Every month of the Hindu calendar commemorates some festival. The Hindu month of Shraavan welcomes the Teej Festival. It is one festival celebrated with lots of fanfare in various parts of India. However Rajasthan celebrates the occasion with lots of enthusiasm and grandeur. The festival of Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and celebrates the reunion of the goddess with Lord Shiva. Hindu women fast for one or two days for the long life of their husbands. Women gather at temples are pray to Goddess Parvati. Men also pray during the festival for rains and good crop.

Apart from Rajasthan, Teej is also celebrated in other parts of India such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, etc. The festival falls between the English months of July or August depending on the moon sighting. Teej is observed on the third day of the new moon of the Shraavan month of the Hindu calendar. The festivities continue for as long as three days and involve fasting and grand feasts.

Swings, mehendi, bangles, music, dance are some of the inseparable aspects of Teej celebrations. Swings are hung from trees and are decorated with colorful fresh flowers. Women can be seen swinging and singing songs. The markets in Jaipur can be seen decorated with new patterns of saris, lehengas, jewellery, accessories, etc. Tie and dye fabrics are always in demand during Teej. Ghevar and Feeni are the main sweets eaten during Teej. The festival is celebrated by both married and unmarried women.

Teej Festival Tour

Tourists visiting Jaipur during Teej can see vibrancy and colors splattered all around the city. Apart from witnessing the happiness of the occasion tourists can also get a good insight into the culture of Rajasthan. On the occasion of Teej parents send their blessings in the form of Sinjara for their married daughters. The Sinjara is a gift parcel containing mehendi, vermillion, bindis, bangles, traditional saris or lehengas and the Rajasthani swet Ghevar. Women adorn themselves with these clothes and accessories and observe fast for one or two days depending on their family tradition.

Significance of Teej Festival Tour

The festival signifies the reunion of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva after an extended separation. Legend says that whoever prays to Goddess Parvati on the occasion of Teej is fortunate to get her blessings and whatever they wish for is granted. On this festival women get together and community celebrations and fairs are conducted. Women are dressed in green attire and wear traditional jewellery. One can see women dancing and enjoying themselves. Folk dances and music are an inseparable part of Teej celebrations. Every nook and corner has mehendiwalas applying mehendi on hands of women getting ready to enjoy the occasion.

Main Attraction of Teej Festival

The main attraction of the Teej Festival in Jaipur is the colourful procession. The idol of Goddess Teej an avatar of Goddess Parvati is adorned by the royal families of Jaipur. The idol is decorated for the procession that is taken out from the Tripolia Gate in Jaipur. The procession goes through numerous markets and finally finishes at the Chaugan Stadium. A group of decorated elephants, camels and horses are paraded in front of the palanquin of Goddess Teej. The palanquin is made of silver and gold. During the procession local artists perform folk dances.

In the recent times the Teej Festival has attracted several foreign tourists. For a newlywed bride her first Teej is a grand affair. The festival gives the newly wed another chance to deck herself as a bride again. Many women prefer buying new clothes and jewellery for their first Teej.

How to Reach in Teej Festival

By Air

The Jaipur airport serves as a domestic as well as international airport. It is located about 13Km south from Jaipur in the satellite city of Sanganer. From the airport tourists can get buses or hire taxis and car rentals to reach anywhere in the city.

By Rail

Jaipur offers good railway connectivity to major cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Agra, Lucknow, Secunderabad, etc. The station offers good facilities and tourists can get taxis or other forms of local transport to get to their destination.

By Road

Jaipur is well-connected by buses from Delhi, Agra and other towns and cities of Rajasthan. The Rajasthan State Roadways operates buses and deluxe AC coaches from different parts of Rajasthan and neighbouring states.

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