The festival of Teej reminds us the arrival of the cool monsoon showers in the desert state of Rajasthan after the steamy hot months of April , May and June and the black clouds cheer up the farmers and bring a smile on their face that heat is gone and heavenly shower is on the way. The festival of Teej is celebrated on the 3rd day of ‘Shravana’ month of the Hindu calendar during the rising moon fortnight. This is a celebration welcoming the divine grace in the form of rains. In countryside, this is a very important period for farming and agriculture.
This is during the month of Shravana that the Kharif crop is sown which consists of Maize, Millet, Grams and Lentils. The religious aspect of the festival begins with the prayer of Goddess Parvati which is the presiding deity of family happiness and prosperity. This festival although celebrated in many parts of Rajasthan but the way it is celebrated in Jaipur is spectacular and unique. Teej procession in Jaipur has gained international publicity.
On this day a ceremonial procession is carried out from the City Palace of Jaipur. The procession consists of several dozens of decorated camels , elephants, chariots and palanquins. The elephants are very beautifully painted and decorated with traditional jewellery, their tusks are decorated with shiny metal rings, camels are also adorned by using conventional decoration pieces. But the main attraction is the statue of Goddess Parvati which becomes a part of the procession and is carried by the palanquin bearers of the erstwhile royal family. The procession starts at the ‘Tripoliya Gate’ and passes through the ‘Gangori Bazaar’ via Choti Chaupar.
The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan and the Municipal Corporation of Jaipur make elaborate arrangements for the processions and there is very smart management of tourists and traffic. In front of the Tripoliya Gate, on the terrace in front, the Tourism Department arranges the sitting arrangement for the tourists coming from all parts of the globe. The terrace provides an excellent photo taking point from where the tourists can watch the procession in peace and security.
The festival of Teej is also famous for the traditional sweet ‘ Ghewar’ which is a very famous delicacy in Jaipur. This sweet is native to the city of Jaipur and is very delicious but only prepared on the occasion of Teej. The women wear a special pattern of sarees called ‘Leheriya’ which is available in cotton and chiffon material. Leheriya is a hindi word for repulse in water, the same wavy lines form the part of design on sarees.
Most of the travel agents design their itinerary of the Month of July-August so that the visitor is in Jaipur for the festival of Teej. No words are enough to describe the charm and beauty of this festival and one has to come, watch and live this wonderful experience.