Teej Festival, Jaipur

Teej festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion by the women in India. Since Teej fall at the outbreak of the monsoons, it is also popularly known as the 'Sawan Festival'.

The Festival of Teej is dedicated to the divine couple - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Though Teej is celebrated at various places in India and abroad, major Teej celebrations takes place in the highly cultural city of Jaipur. Here day-long processions and celebrations create a vivid atmosphere.
Teej Festival, Jaipur  
Jaipur is superb in monsoons and Teej celebrates the arrival of monsoon. Celebrated in the month of Shravan (July-August), Teej according to mythological legend attached with this festival,Goddess Parvati was united with Lord Shiva after years of penance on Teej.
A festival to rejoice the colours, crisscross green-yellow lines, mehandi, rains and jhoolas (swings), Teej is celebrated mainly by the women folk of Rajasthan.
Married women who idolize Parvati for her devotion to her husband, Shiva, celebrate Teej. The rituals allow the women to pamper and enjoy themselves, to fest, to dress in the best of clothes and jewellery, and to look their stunning best.
Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by seekers of conjugal bliss and happiness.
Teej Festival, Jaipur  
Antique gilt palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, and gaily decorated elephants with silver haudas, horses, camels, brass bands, and groups of dances all form a part of this grand spectacle.
The Palanquin of Goddess Parvati is carried by eight men dressed in red. Though celebrations are held all over the state, it is particularly colorful in Jaipur where a procession winds its way on two days through the old Pink City.

The three types of Teej Festival are:

  • Hariyali Teej: Hariyali Teej falls in the Shukla Paksha of Shravana. On this day, women worship moon with milk, curd and flowers.

  • Kajari Teej: It falls on Krishna Paksh Tritiiya. On this day, women sing and dance and perform sacred pooja of neem.

  • Hartalika Teej: Hartalika Teej falls on the third day of the first fortnight of the month of 'Bhadra'. At the time of Hartalika Teej, women keep 'Nirjala Vrat' for well - being of her husband.