Teej Unique festival for Women - Teej commemorated in the rememberings of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.

Teej is a very common and famous festival that can be commemorated across all over India especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra. 

People celebrate the Teej with terrific joy and well-being. 

Teej festival comes in the month of July-august each and every year.

Teej Unique festival for Women

Teej is symbolic of love, dedication and respect for a woman's husband, as Ma Parvati went through extreme penance over many births for 108 years to win over Lord Shiva. 

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Women embellish the idol of goddess Parvati with flowers & jewelry and then pray for their husband's extensive life. 

Females sing songs and dance in a bunch around the beloved goddess Parvati. 

Committed women go to their parents' home and celebrate this event of Teej almost every year.

In several areas of Rajasthan, a lot of people organize a royal procession with the idol of goddess Parvati.

Yellow & green color is the specific color of the celebration for Teej fair. 

On this occasion, women clean their homes and organize special Puja.

Ladies also make Rangolis at home and holy places. 

Temples and homes decorated with beautiful flowers and different colors. This event commemorated especially in two days in Jaipur with greatness. At last, this procession goes to the fair of Teej where people come and enjoy with joy.

Women make sweets and tasty food items at home for The Lord and their loved ones members, then at evening time all of the family members get all together make fun.

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Generally, there are three types of Teej celebrated in India. 

These are Hariyali Teej, Hartalika Teej and Kajri Teej. 

The Hariyali Teej also known as 'Choti Teej 'held in the Saavan. 

This is followed by Kajari Teej also called 'Badi Teej', held after fifteen days of Hariyali Teej. 

The other one is Hartalika Teej falls in the 'Bhado' month and is held practically a month after Hariyali Teej.

Although customs may differentiate from state to state.

Hariyali Teej

Hariyali Teej is predominantly celebrated in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and also in some parts of Haryana, Punjab and Bihar. 

It is held in the Saavan month. The greenery at the time of the Saavan month forms the excellent setting for performing traditional tracks and dancing during Hariyali Teej. 

The Hariyali Teej of Vrindavan is known for its joyful nature, their Krishna and Radha's idols specially decorate and the golden swing is showcased which catches the attention of visitants from all over the world. 

Females offer prayers to goddess Parvati and soon after the prayers they sing the folk songs of spousal bliss. In several places, fairs are also organized.

Kajari Teej

Teej festivity is very preferred in Rajasthan but kajli Teej of Bundi is a very renowned festival all over the Rajasthan. 

Kajli Teej celebrated in the month of August-September every year. 

It is the celebration of monsoons (August). 

The Teej festival is commemorated on the third day of the month of Saavan in many places in the state, But it is celebrated on the 3rd day of the month of Bhadra in Bundi.

One of the primary attractions of Kajari Teej of Bundi in Rajasthan is the movement wherein the Teej Goddess is taken throughout the city. 

The Kajli Teej Festival initiates with a prismatic procession of the goddess. 

The procession has decorated camels, elephants, music bands, performing performers and colorful new suited-up people.

Cultural folk music and dance performances are held in Bundi, Rajasthan.

Kajari Teej also known as Badi Teej is enjoyed on the third day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada. 

Kajri Teej gets its title from the blackish hue of clouds that signal the beginning of rains.

Kajri Teej is also celebrated in Madhya Pradesh and in Uttar Pradesh, especially Mirzapur and Varanasi.

Conventional and ethnic programs are coordinated in the evenings. The main fascination of Teej is held simply for two days, the celebrations continue up to Janmashtami.

Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej gets its full name from the title 'Hartalika' by which Ma Parvati is known. 

The festivity corresponds with the first fortnight of the Bhadrapad month. 

It is native to the Northern and western areas of India and is celebrated in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and in some parts of Maharashtra.

Teej Unique festival for women - puja method and formalities

Ladies gather in a venue to install the idolizer of Maa Parvati and offer flowers, fruits, sweets, 'sindoor' or Vermillion. 

One or two individuals read out the Teej Vrat Katha. Unmarried girls also happily listen closely to the Katha. 

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In some places, after the 'puja' ladies follow the custom of bathing themselves with mud all around the Datiwan plant to be rid of their negative karma. 

A very important ritual is to light an oil lamp that is expected to be lit uninterruptedly through the night.

Some females do 'vrata' or fast by eating only fruits and some do 'nirjala' vrata without a drop of water and also avoid sleep. 

During Kajri Teej, women gather all around the holy neem tree and pay obeisance to the neem plant.

Females apply 'Mehendi' (floral patterns made with henna paste) on their hands and feet, they dress beautiful sarees with bangles and accessories on this day. Generally, green is the more favored color especially during 'Hariyali Teej'. Ladies offer embellished coconut to their relatives. 

They visit their maternal home and look for the blessings of the aging seniors and enjoy a get-together with family members.
A variety of regional traditional sweet meals are made such as 'ghevar', 'kheer puri', 'nariyal laddoo', 'badam ka halwa', 'sheera', 'gujiya' and 'Kaju katli'. 

Written By Mrs. Monika Shrivastava

[Writer]