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Teej Festival

One of the colourful festival of Jaipur, Teej Festival is celebrated on the 3rd day after the new moon in the month of Shraven (July- August). Dedicated to Goddess Parvati (the symbol of virtue, devotion and fertility), this festival commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years - making them a symbol of an ideal marriage. This two day long cultural festival also signifies the arrival of rainy season.

The main attraction of the festival, is the magnificent procession with the idol of Goddess Parvati or Teej Mata that starts from the city palace and concludes at the Kanak Vrindavan. Decorated with jewels and fine clothes, the idol is covered by a canopy and placed on a palanquin and is carried out by 8 men wearing red colour dress. The procession is accompanied by caparisoned elephants, camels and horse drawn chariots, traditional gilt palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons and a large crowd by singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. The devotees surges to catch a glimpse of the deity and seek blessings. 

Basically, teej is the festival of married women and girls. Most of them wear green colored clothes and jewellery and decorate their hands and feet with mehandi (henna) in delicate designs. The popular belief is that darker the henna the more a man loves his woman. Lehariya dresses (known as 'Sanander', which is a pastel shade of blue ) are common on this day, especially among the royals. Married women pray for the happy and long married life. Girls engaged to be married receive 'shrinjhara' gift from her in-laws which includes cosmetics, dress, henna, lac bangles and ghewar sweets while the married women get gifts, sweets and clothes from their parents. Extensive meals are prepared on the festive day and the most popular among them is the dessert 'Ghewar'. 

On this day, swings (jhoolas) decorated with leaves and flowers are hung from trees and young girls and women in colourful attire enjoy on these swings by singing teej songs. Games and competitions like turban-tying and bangle-wearing are also conducted. Celebrated with a special fervour, the alluring sight of teej festival is an eye candy for the tourist. Three types of Teej celebrated in Rajasthan and they are the Haryali Teej, Hartalika Teej and the Kajri Teej.

  Nearby Attractions
›› Amber Fort and Palace
›› Jaigarh Fort
›› Jal Mahal
›› Kanak Vrindavan Garden
›› Statue Circle
›› Birla Temple
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