The festival Teej is celebrated with ultimate thrill and enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated with the outbreak of the monsoon season which is generally called as “Sawan Festival”. The festival is dedicated to the divine couple of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. The festival is highly celebrated in Rajasthan India and is highly popular in Jaipur. The state of Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh celebrates the festival at the arrival of monsoon after long summer season.
On the day of Teej festival married women pray to goddess Parvati for the well being of their husband. Colorful costumes, fasting for the whole day, song and dance with the religious procession are the most striking feature of the festival. The religious procession of the festival is the most attractive feature of the festival. Basically there are three types of Teej and they are as under:
Hariyali Teej: The festival of Hariyali Teej falls in Shukla Paksha of Sawan month. It is celebrated at the beginning of monsoon season. On this day, women wear green colored clothes. They worship moon, Lord Krishna and goddess Radha.
Kajari Teej: Kajari Teej is celebrated on the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of Shravan month (according to Hindu calendar). On this day women sings devotional songs and gathers near the Neem Tree and worships it. Special procession is carried on and goddess Parvati is decorated very beautifully.
Hartalika Teej: The day is having the most importance in the entire Teej festival. The Hartalika teej is celebrated for three days and for the three days married women observes fast and second day its Nirjara Fast which meaning ‘fast without water’ for the great devotion and lifelong prosperity for their husband.
Importance: Teej is the most awaited festival for the womenfolk which is as always the most colorful, attractive and vibrant. Both married and unmarried women perform the many joys and rituals of the Teej Festival to make it colorful and vibrant. Teej is the time to adorn oneself like a newly dressed bride. Therefore women shop for new clothes, jewelry and accessories. Mahanadi is another attraction for the women who keep fast for their husband and to be husband.
During the Teej festival the magnificent collection of Heena comes in the market. Teej is also known as the ‘festival of swings’ which marks the advent of the monsoon season. Sawan Teej festival is the time for the fun and jollity while performing the rituals and traditions.