In India, marriages are considered one of the extremely honourable rituals in the Vedas for ceremonies, vows and rituals. Teej is a marriage-related Indian festival. Kajari Teej, also known as Badi Teej, is a unique festival. It is celebrated in the north and west of India. It takes place in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan with great fanfare. Kajari Teej is also known as ‘Kajali Teej,' and ‘Satudi Teej' in some areas. Without further ado, let’s have a look at its significance, puja vidhi and celebrations:
Kajari Teej 2021 Date and Time
Kajari Teej is observed on the ‘tritiya' of the Krishna Paksha in the month of ‘Bhadrapada' according to the North Indian calendar, while it falls in the month of ‘Shravana' according to the South Indian calendar.
It normally occurs three days after the ‘Raksha Bandhan' celebrations and five days before ‘Krishna Janmashtami'.
Kajri Teej 2021 Date- August 25, 2021
Tritiya Tithi Begins - 04:04 PM on August 24, 2021
Tritiya Tithi Ends - 04:18 PM on August 25, 2021
Kajari Teej Significance
Similar to Hartalika Teej and Hariyali Teej, Kajri Teej is eminently significant for women. Kajari Teej is a Hindu festival that honours the spirit of womanhood and praying for husbands long life and prosperity. Married women celebrate this festival with great zeal and joy. Worshipping Goddess Parvati on this day is considered auspicious. On Kajari Teej, women who worship Goddess Parvati are blessed with a dignified relationship with their husband. Goddess Parvati is said to have married Lord Shiva after 108 births, according to legend. The day is also observed to pay tribute to Goddess Parvati's selfless love for Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva eventually accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife as a result of this selfless devotion.
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The Kajari Teej celebration also welcomes the start of the monsoon season. The arrival of the Monsoon Season is extremely pleasant and exciting. During the month of 'Shravan,' three major Teej festivals Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej, are being held.
Kajri Teej Rituals and Celebrations
- Teej Vrat is kept by married women for the long and healthy life of their husbands. This fast is also observed by some unmarried girls in order to find a husband of their choice.
- Women enjoy this day with great joy and happiness. Swings for women are placed on trees on Kajari Teej day. This special day is filled with singing, dancing, and other enjoyable activities.
- ‘Kajli Songs’ are a significant part of this Badi Teej celebration. In the rural areas, it is celebrated in a musical way.
- On this day, women get up early in the morning and wear new clothes; they also apply Mehendi on their hands and feet. It's a custom for women to dress up in newlywed brides on Kajari Teej.
- In some areas, women gather in small groups and perform the puja around the holy neem tree.
- On this day, women keep fasting, which is also known as Kajari Teej Vrat. They get up before sunrise, and during this time, they consume some food. They spend the entire day without eating or even drinking a drop of water. In the evening, women dress up and gather for the puja in the neighbourhood.
- Women worship the ‘Neem' tree by offering ‘kumkum,' henna ‘, ‘Haldi,' and ‘, ‘chawal' as well as some fruits and sweets.
- After worshipping the moon, women can break their fast by eating ‘Sattu’ or fruits.
- For Kajari Teej, the women make special preparations. ‘Kheer', ‘Puri', ‘Badam ka Halwa', ‘Gujiya', ‘Ghevar', and ‘Kaju Katli' are just a few of the well-known delicacies prepared on this occasion. Sattu, a chana dal-based sweet, is a special delicacy that plays an important role in Kajari Teej rituals and celebrations. The ladies of the household prepare these special offerings to offer to Goddess Parvati. After that, the food is divided among family members and friends.
- There is a tradition of gifting ‘Shringara' items to married women on the day of Kajari Teej. This includes clothing as well as jewellery and sweets.
Kajari Teej Puja Vidhi
On Kajari Teej, Goddess Neemdi, also known as Neemdi Mata, is worshipped with great joy and happiness. A ritual of making a pond-like setup using the support of a wall takes place before the puja begins. The borderline of this structure is decorated with gud and pure ghee, and a small branch of Neem is planted nearby. A lighted Diya is kept near the pond after unboiled milk and water are poured into it.
The following Puja Vidhi is performed in the evening to worship the Goddess:
- Offer water, sindoor and rice to the Goddess Neemdi.
- On a wall behind Goddess Neemdi, 13 dots are marked with henna, sindoor, and black kajal (kohl), using the ring finger.
- Goddess Neemdi is then presented with the sacred thread, henna, kohl, and clothing. The sacred thread is used to decorate the wall, with the dots made on it.
- Goddess Neemdi is given fruits and other naivedyams. On the puja kalash (sacred vessel), a Kumkum tilak is applied, and a holy thread is tied around it.
- Then see cucumber, lemon, neem branch, and jewellery, among other things, reflected in the lighted diya near the pond.
- Kajari Teej is traditionally observed as a Nirjala fast (not even drinking water during the fast). Fruit consumption is, however, permitted for pregnant women.
- If the Moon is not visible, the fast can be broken by looking up at the sky at 11:30 p.m. and eating something. If an observer is unable to keep a proper Nirjala fast after Udyaapan (rituals for ending a fast), they can eat fruits during the day.
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Rituals For Moon God
Following the evening puja for Goddess Neemdi, Arghya (a mixture of milk and water) is offered to the Moon as part of Satudi Teej rituals. Kumkum or Sindoor, a sacred thread, and whole rice are offered to the Moon God, along with food offerings, after sprinkling water. While offering Arghya to the Moon, a silver ring and wheat grains are held in the hands. Standing in the same place, a clockwise rotation (Pradakshina) is performed four times.
When the rituals are carried out with strong devotion and faith, the observers are blessed with life-long conjugal happiness. May Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati bless your life with health, wealth, prosperity and fulfil all your wishes. Happy Kajari Teej to all!
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