TEEJ: Festival of
swings and Mehndi
during the monsoons, July-August Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati
and married women who pray for a happy and long married life.
Though celebrations are
held all over the state, it is particularly colorful in Jaipur where a
procession winds its way for two days through the Old City. This year Teej
Procession will be held on 12th August, 2010 and again on 13th August, 2010.
Thousands of people from
and around Jaipur along with a number of foreign tourist throng the main
roads of Jaipur to witness this colourful and historical procession which is
commonly known as "Teej Maata Ki Savari". Women wear colourful Leharia (Saree)
along with traditional jwellery.
Development Corporation is also organising four day Teej Festival from 9th
to 13th August, 2010 to mark the occasion.
This festival especially
attracts foreign tourists and lot of activities full of fun and frolic are
organised during the festival. It is the festival of swings which are
decorated with flowers and hung from trees. Young girls and women dressed in
green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. The
Teej idol is covered with a canopy whereas the Gangaur idol is open.
is celebrated mainly by the women folk of Rajasthan. Married women who
idolize Parvati for her devotion to her husband Shiva celebrate Teej. The
festivity revolves around singing and dancing in praise of Parvati.
rituals allow the women to pamper and enjoy themselves, to feast, to dress
in the best of cloths, finery and jewellery, in fact to look the stunning
All over Rajasthan, even in remote villages, Jhoolas (swings) are hung from
trees and decorated with leaves and flowers. Ladies and girls can be seen
enjoying on these swings, playing games, singing folk songs and applying
Mehandi (henna) on their palms.
In Jaipur an idol of
Goddess Parvati (Teej Mata) is taken out in a royal procession from the city
palace so that the general public can have a chance to pay homage to the
Antique gilt palanquins,
bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, gaily decorated elephants with
silver haodas, horses, camels, brass bands, and group of dances all form a
part of this grand spectacle.
The Palanquin of Goddess
Paravati is carried by 8 men dressed in red color. This kilometer long
procession winds its way through the lanes of the old city. Local people
come in huge numbers, dress in their best traditional clothes.
is at a premium as people perch on top of building, windows even trees to
catch a glimpse of Goddess.
A huge band of urchins
follows the Palanquin to grab these offerings.
A lot of merriment prevails
during the Teej procession. Groups of men and women can be seen singing
dancing and playing musical instruments. Men and women dressed as gods and
Goddess also join in the procession.
to Hindu mythology, on the 3rd day (teej) after the new moon in the month of
Shravan Goddess Parvati went to the house of lord Shiva, her husband and was
united with him.
This day is celebrated as
Teej all over India and especially so in Rajasthan.
Apart from its mythological
origins this festival also heralds the arrival of the rainy season.
the month of Shravan the long awaited monsoon finally arrives in Rajasthan
bringing relief to the parched land.
Like a magic wand it
transforms the hot, dusty and barren summer landscape of Rajasthan into the
fertile green beehive of activity. The Teej festivities also celebrate this
Vajpeyi, AIR Jaipur correspondent