Monsoon is at its peak in Rajasthan. When the torrential rain in the month of August falls on the parched land of Rajasthan and the lovely aroma of the wet soil mounts in the air, Rajasthan rejoices the Teej festival that relates to the Shiva-Parvati. The best place to experience Teej festivities is the capital of Rajasthan; Jaipur where it is celebrated with immense fun and elaboration.
Jaipur will celebrate the five-day Sawan Teej from August 7-11 with regal pomp and pageantry of the traditional Teej procession. Like every year, Jawahar Kala Kendra will be the hub of a large number of folks and cultural events.
Teej Procession on 09-10 August
The royal Teej procession will begin on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also leave next day at the same time. Thirty elephants are going to participate in the grandiose procession. Elephants will carry the symbol and lead the event. In the procession, there will be melange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: the cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession. The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar. The Department of Tourism has also made arrangements for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.
Performances at JKK
At JKK, celebration of Teej festivity will begin from 9 August from 7 pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on 10 August, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On 11 August, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artists.
Food & Craft Mela at JKK
To add more vigor to the festivity, there will be a food and craft mela from 7 August to 11 August (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK. While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.
Time to indulge in monsoon festivities and make merry !! 🙂