(Last Updated on : 22/12/2008)
Marriage is considered one of the most sacred relations in India and the festivals of Teej celebrate that spirit. It is an important day for the married women. In India the festival of Teej is celebrated with a lot of fervor. Teej is celebrated during monsoon. In India monsoon arrives in the month of June-July. According to the Hindu calendar its Shravan when the festival of Teej dedicated to lord Shiva
are celebrated. The celebrations in Jaipur
deserve special mention in this regard. While married women pray for the well being of their husbands and families young girls arrange for swings (jhoola), tie them to trees and decorate them with flowers.
In Jaipur a huge procession is taken out on this day. An idol of Teej Mata or Goddess Parvati is taken out. This is a grand affair with richly decorated palanquins, bullock carts, chariots, elephants, horses, camels, brass bands and group of dancers. The idol on the other hand is beautifully decorated with jewels and colorful clothes. In Indian culture Shiva and Parvathi represent the ideal married couple. Hence, on this, the married women pray to the god and the goddess for marital bliss.
According to popular belief this is the day when women can pamper themselves and spent the day by singing, enjoying the jhoola and worshipping Teej mata. The main attraction, however, remains the traditional song and dance and the rituals of the pooja. Teej in Rajasthan
mirrors the cultural belief of India, which looks at the institution of marriage as sacrosanct.