The Pink City is always covered with the colors of fairs and festivals. Every season comes with a reason to celebrate. You can feel the unity and liveliness of people during these festivals along with the depiction of the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. And one such festival is Teej. It is celebrated with the same enthusiasm as other festivals in the city. It falls during the monsoon months of July-August. The women pray to Lord Shiva and Parvati to bless them with a happy and prosperous married life. It is also known as the festival of swings as women both married and unmarried dresses in green clothes and make merry and sing songs. This sawan festival symbolizes growth and continues for two days. Women observe fasts for the long life of their husbands and men on the other hand pray to the rain God for rain and good harvest.
According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva on this auspicious day. Teej celebrates the victory of a wife’s love and devotion towards her husband, an important part of Indian culture.
Teej also welcomes monsoon. As monsoon is the season of rain, it lets people take a breath away from the hot summer and enjoy the swing of the monsoon, as they say it, ’Sawan ke jhooley’.
It is also during this occasion married women visit their parents and return with gifts for their in-laws and spouse. In other sense it is an opportunity to strengthen family bonds.
Parents send Sinjara to their married daughters on the occasion of Teej. Sinjara is a kind of gift collection that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghevar (a special Rajasthani sweet) and lahariya (a multi-coloured sari) as a symbol of their covertures. Married ladies adorn themselves with henna, jewels, wear lahariya sari and participate in the auspicious festival of Teej. Fairs are held every year during this festival in Jaipur. Also processions are taken out from the Tripolia gate and ends at Chaugan Stadium touching various markets on the way. The royal families of Jaipur gets ready with idols of Goddess Teej (incarnation of Goddess Parvati) to display in the fair. Elephants, horses and camels are beautifully decorated for the procession which is succeeded by the palanquin of Goddess Teej made of gold and silver. Various folk dances are performed at the beat of the folk songs sung during the event.