Teej revelries

The Teej festival is here.

An important festival for married women it is dedicated to celebrating the holy union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Teej” refers to the third day after the new moon, and third day after the full moon, every month. During the monsoon season, these festivals are celebrated on the third day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Shravan, and on the third day of the waning and waxing moons in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad.

This means that there are actually three Teej festivals — known as Haryali (Green) Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. In 2018, these festivals will take place on August 13-14,  August 28-29, and September 12 respectively.

During both days of Haryali Teej in Jaipur, a spectacular royal procession featuring an idol of the Goddess Parvati (Teej Mata), winds its way through the lanes of the Old City. Known as Teej Sawari, it comprises antique palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, decorated elephants, horses, camels, brass bands, and dancers. A bit of everything really! The procession starts out from Tripolia Gate in the late afternoon and goes through Tripolia Bazaar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, and ends at Chaugan Stadium.

Tourists can watch and photograph it from the special seating area organized by Rajasthan Tourism on the terrace of the Hind Hotel, opposite Tripolia Gate. Teej Sawari is one of only two occasions when Tripola Gate opens each year. The other is the Gangaur festival procession.


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