Kajari Teej, Harilayi Teej 2020: Dates Tithi Timing for Poojan, Vrat Katha and Significance
Teej is chiefly associated with marriage in India. The marriage ceremony is considered as one of the highly honoured rituals in the Vedas. During Teej festival married women fast for the longevity of their husbands. Unmarried girls can also fast and offer prayers for suitable life-partners. Kajari Teej is celebrated on the third day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of Bhadrapada (Aug-Sept). Kajri Teej is also known by ‘Kajli Teej’ and ‘Badi Teej’. There other Teej festival also known as Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. Along with these, we also have Akha Teej popularly known as Akshaya Tritiya.
According to legends and folklore, Kajali was a dense forest in Central India which was under the rule of King Dadurai. The subjects of his kingdom used to chant songs known by the same name (Kajali) in praise of the magnificent place. The death of King Dadurai was a turning event. Following his death, Queen Nagamati, the king’s wife, performed Sati. People of Kajali were saddened by their separation. They began singing songs by improvising Raga Kajari which became popular as the songs of separation. This Teej is associated with devotion of a woman toward her husband. Another Legend has it that Goddess Parvati pined for marital and divine association with Lord Shiva. She performed a strict fast for 108 years. Seeing her dedication, Shiva was pleased to accept divine union with Her. This divine union between Lord Shiva and Parvati Devi occurred during Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month. This day, later, came to be known as Kajari Teej. It is said to be very auspicious to worship Goddess Parvati on this day.
Significance: How to Celebrate Kajari Teej and What to do?
Kajari Teej is celebrated on the third day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. Kajari Teej is also known by the names like Kajli Teej and Badi Teej. People celebrate it in order to honour womanhood and women’s dedication to safeguard their husbands. On Kajari Teej or Badi Teej, swings are installed and hung from the trees for women who spend their day swinging, singing songs, dancing and getting involved in cultural activities. Married women observe Teej Vrat for longer life of their husbands. It is not that this festival is only for married women. Unmarried women seeking a good life partner can observe it. A variety of delicacies are prepared and relished on the day of Kajari Teej.
One can perform a Shiva Puja which is highly auspicious during Shravan Maas.
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