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Kajari Teej Significance 2019: Tithi Timing for Pooja vidhi

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Kajari Teej: 6th August 2020

Interestingly, Kajari Teej is also popularly known as Badi Teej as opposed to Chhoti Teej which is known as Hariyali Teej. Kajari Teej is also spelled as Kajri Teez or Kajali Teez. In some part of the country, it is also known as Satudi Teej.


Kajari Teej: Mythological Significance & Rituals

The festival of Teej is primarily associated with marriages and this is also considered as a major festival for women. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and flair every year during the month of July-August. The marriage ceremony is regarded as one of the highly honored rituals in the Vedas. Since the festival of Teej falls during the outbreak of monsoons, it is also popularly known as the ‘Sawan Festival’ at many places. The celebrations that happen during the festival of Teej, remains dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The central theme behind the celebrations of Teej festival is the devotion of women towards their husbands or to-be-husbands. On the occasion of Teej, married women fast for the longevity of their husbands. Unmarried or single girls can also keep fasting on this occasion to get a worthy life partner. Though Teej is celebrated at many places not only in India but also in abroad locations as well, the major Teej celebrations happen in the highly cultural city of Jaipur.  

Date and Muhurat of Kajari Teej Feast:

Tritiya Tithi Begins - 10:50 PM on Aug 05, 2020

Tritiya Tithi Ends - 12:14 AM on Aug 07, 2020

Kajari Teej:

Kajari Teej is celebrated with a lot of interest and energy across the country and women display immense love and affection towards their husbands or husband-to-be on this occasion. Kajari Teez falls on the Krishna Paksha Tritiya, the third day of the month of Sawan or Shravan which is the fifth month in the Hindu Calendar. Usually, Kajari Teej is celebrated three days after the celebration of Raksha Bandhan festival and five days before Krishna Janmashtami. As per the North Indian calendar, it falls during Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month and according to the South Indian calendar, it falls on the Krishna Paksha of Shravana month. But, as per both the calendars, the festival of Teej is celebrated on the same day.

Though Teej celebrates the arrival of the monsoon but like with all mythological or religious festivals, there is also a legend associated with Kajari Teej which makes the day even more auspicious.

One of the most renowned legends of Goddess Parvati led to the celebration of Kajari Teej and women’s devotion towards their husband.

Legend of Goddess Parvati:

It is believed that the celebrations of Teej originated from an age-old legend that is associated with Goddess Parvati. As per the Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva on this day. For getting united with Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati had to go through intense Tapasya or penance and she took 108 births on the earth. The legend also states that Goddess Parvati failed to have Lord Shiva as Her husband till the 107th birth. In her 108th birth, Lord Shiva was pleased with her devotion, sincerity, and love for Him and accepted Her as His wife.

It is believed that Goddess Parvati announced this moment to be incredibly auspicious for women and further declared that whoever invokes Her on this auspicious day, will be blessed with a happy married life and whatever other things one may wish for.

On the occasion of Kajari Teej, women keep nirjala vrat and spend sleepless nights during all the three days of the festival. This hardship that the women go through during Kajari Teej is symbolic of the penance which Goddess Parvati had to go through for winning the heart of Lord Shiva and having Him as Her husband.

On the occasion of Kajari Teej, women dress up like that of a newlywed. They wear attires that are vibrant in colors like Green, Yellow, red and they also decorate their hands and feet with awesome mehndi designs and sing devotional songs in honor of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Women, in particular, express their happiness, thank and pray God for all the material blisses in their lives.

Customs and Rituals of Kajari Teej :

Like any other Hindu festival, many traditions and rituals are associated with the festivals of Teej as well. Given below are few of the rituals performed during the festival of Kajari Teej.

  • On the auspicious occasion of Kajari Teej, women worship Goddess Parvati and seek Her divine blessings for a blissful and happy married life. Women get up early in the morning and complete their early morning chores. Post that they put on new clothes and use sindoor, bindi, and bangles to get themselves ready for the holy occasion. And, women apply mehndi on their hands as well as feet to make the occasion even more special. It is believed to be a customary practice for the women to be dressed as newly-weds on the special occasion of Kajari Teej.
  • In a certain part of the country, women also worship the holy Neem tree on the occasion of Kajari Teej. They assemble in small groups and perform the rituals of the puja around the Neem tree under the guidance of a knowledgeable priest.
  • It is a common custom among women to observe strict fasting on this day and the fasting is known as Kajari Teej Vrat. The women who observe this ritual usually get up before the sun rises and eat something during this time. After that, they spend the entire day without even drinking a drop of water, which is known as Nirajala Vrat. During the evening hour, women in the neighborhood get dressed elegantly for the occasion and perform the rituals of the puja. The women use ‘Kumkum’, ‘Chawal’, ‘Henna’, along with fruits and sweets for the purpose of worshipping the Neem Tree on the occasion of Kajari Teej. In some communities, women have the option of breaking their fast by eating ‘Sattu’ or fruits, after worshipping the moon. Married women observe the sacred Kajari Teej vrat for the long life of their husbands and unmarried girls to keep this vrat for getting a husband of their choice. Once a woman starts keeping the Kajari Teej vrat, it's a ritual that she must continue keeping this vrat for the rest of her life or for a period of at least 16 years.
  • As by far we know that this festival is dedicated towards the women, women are seen having a good time, enjoying themselves. On this auspicious day, swings are put up on the trees for women. Women spent this special day by keeping themselves engaged in activities like dancing, singing, and swinging along with other fun activities. ‘Kajli’ songs also play an important role in the celebration of Kajari Teej festival. In rural areas, Kajari Teej is celebrated wherein music plays a vital role.
  • No Hindu festival can be considered as complete without the presence of some delicious delicacies and Kajari Teej is no exception. The women make special delicacies for the occasion and the ‘Kheer’, ‘Puri’, ‘Badam ka halwa’, ‘Gujjiya’, ‘Gevar’ , Kaju Katli’ are few names of the delicacies that the women prepare to mark the occasion. One thing that is quite pivotal in the celebration of the festival of Kajari Teej is, Sattu, a sweet dish made from chana dal. The special delicacies prepared during this day are offered to Goddess Parvati. The food is then later distributed among friends and family members.  6 It is also believed that on the occasion of Kajari Teej, it is a tradition of gifting ‘Shringara’ items such as clothes and jewelry to the married women.

Customs and Rituals of Kajari Teej :

Like any other Hindu festival, many traditions and rituals are associated with the festivals of Teej as well. Given below are few of the rituals performed during the festival of Kajari Teej.

Kajari Teej Celebrations :

Kajari Teej or Kajli Teej is celebrated with great gusto and fun-fare by the womenfolks all around the country. Women and young girls put on new sets of clothes to suit the occasion of Kajari Teej. On this auspicious occasion, swings are laid down in the garden and the women sing devotional songs and dance with great enthusiasm. One can find Kajri songs being sung by the women to welcome the much-awaited season of monsoon while some other devotional songs are sung that depicts happiness and union of lovers. There are few songs which are played on the occasion of Kajari Teej which portrays the pain of separation that lovers had to go through in their lives. It is also believed that the festival of Kajari Teej is also associated with blackish shades of clouds that hover over the sky during the monsoon season before it starts raining heavily. 

Celebration of Kajari Teej in Bundi, Rajasthan :

The celebration of the festival of Kajari Teej is very popular in Bundi, a place in Rajasthan as it is celebrated with much energy and enthusiasm in compared to other places. In Bundi, kajari Teej is celebrated on the third day of the month of ‘Bhadra’. The festival of kajari Teej keeks off with a grand procession of the Teej Goddess in a decorated palanquin. The procession starts from the picturesque Naval Nagar and it goes from there accompanied by elephants, camels, performers, musicians, artists, and folk dancers. Special cultural programs are organized wherein the artists give stunning performances. This is one of the major attraction for the tourists who travel to Bundi to witness the celebration of Gajari Teej.

Kajari Teej Celebration in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh:

Kajari Teej is celebrated in a grand manner in many parts of North and Central India. Women in places like Varanasi and Mirzapur celebrate the occasion of Kajari Teej with great interest. One gets to see the rich folk heritage of the states during the celebration of Kajari Teej festival.

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