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||Festival of Women’s Kajari Teej||

Monday, 03 October 2016 19:53



Kajari Teej 2013 is on 23rd of August. Kajari Teej is always celebrated on the 3rd day of Krishna Paksha. This Teej generally falls in the month of Bhadrapada after the glorious month of Shravan. Kajari..
Kajari Teej 2013 is on 23rd of August. Kajari Teej is always celebrated on the 3rd day of Krishna Paksha. This Teej generally falls in the month of Bhadrapada after the glorious month of Shravan. Kajari Teej is a major part of the Teej gala. Kajari Teej or Badi Teej is also known as the festival of swings.

Kajari Teej - A treat of the season
The festival of Teej revolves around this period. Three Teej are celebrated in India. They are Hartalika Teej, Hariyali Teej and Kajari Teej (Badi Teej). All of them are celebrated within the holy months of Shravan and Bhadra. Teej is a festival celebrated by the women of India. All the Teej have their significance and are celebrated with equal fervor and excitement.
This festival is mostly celebrated in North India. Kajari Teej is popular in Rajasthan, Bihar, MP, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat as well. Kajari Teej is given tremendous importance in the district of Bundi, in Rajasthan. Goddess Parvati is worshipped on this day. Parvati is the goddess of Teej , hence all the ceremonies of the day are dedicated to her.

Grand Procession of Kajari Teej/ Badi Teej
The main event of Kajari Teej is the procession that takes place in Bundi. Rajasthan, as we know is a magnetic state of India that attracts lakhs of tourists from all over the world. On Kajari Teej as the procession of goddess Parvati moves around the city, pausing at various points, it is accompanied with lakhs and lakhs of tourists, who gather around, merely to catch a glimpse of the beautifully decorated deity. Lots of elephants and camels are decked with brightly colored clothes and ornaments. Goddess Parvati looks bewitching, as she is embellished with new clothes and jewelry. Her ornaments mainly consist of Gold, diamonds and precious stones. She is sheltered under a huge canopy. The devotees sing hymns of praise and chant shloka in her name.. Rituals are performed by the Pandits and Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati are worshipped. Cows are worshipped on this day. The deities are offered pure water, chappati and milk.

Women's Day- Kajari Teej
Kajari Teej is a day for women. All over India, women fast for the well being of their husbands. It is popularly known as Kajari Teej Vrat. This is a very difficult fast as women do not even consume water. They stay awake the entire night. Kajari Teej Vrat lasts for 24 hours. At night, women light a lamp for their husbands. They have to ensure that the light from the lamp does not disappear. As women observe the fast they prepare of the rituals that would take place during the day. At night all the women gather to hear the legend of Kajari Teej. After listening to the legend, women break their fast. In most cases husbands help their wife in breaking the fast by feeding them. As the husbands witness their beloved wife taking so much pain for them, they feel more attached to them. They give them gifts as a sign of love. Kajari Teej, is a day on which the couples rejuvenate the vows that they had taken at time of marriage. Kajari Teej strengthens the bond between husbands and wife. They worship Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati and seek their blessings over their conjugal life. Unmarried girls also fast and pray to marry the man of their dreams.

Story of Goddess Parvati's devotion
Goddess Parvati is given so much importance on this day. Goddess Parvati was deeply in love with Lord Shiva. She wanted to marry him. Her love for him was so divine and complete that she took birth on Earth one hundred and seven times, to make Lord Shiva realize her devotion for him. In her 108th birth, Lord Shiva finally agreed. Not only was touched by her dedication, but goddess Parvati's love was so powerful that even Lord Shiva couldn't refrain from it.
On Kajari Teej women worship Goddess Parvati and seek her blessings so that their love too would have the same magnetic power and purity. Women fast as a symbolic of the pain that Parvati went through. In this manner, they too try to share a bit of pain for their husbands.

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