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Let’s Celebrate Teej With Great Zeal In Jaipur

The hues of love, culture and beauty mingled with the tints of heritage, handicrafts and a grand legacy brought down the generations. You are pink, I am pink; for pink is the color that this city leaves in our hearts forever. Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in November, 1727. Known worldwide for its rich culture and architectural beauty, Jaipur is the largest city of Rajasthan, and its capital too. What makes it different from all other cities is its deeply rooted heritage that houses in itself not just the beauty of traditions and different art forms but also paves way for technological and architectural advancements. Whether it is about festivals or food, travel and tourism or corporal sector, Jaipur has a niche for every possible genre.

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The months of July and August are the most prismatic ones in Jaipur. The city looks dipped into and drunk on rainbows. With the petrichor mixing in with the amazing fragrance of our favourite ‘chai and pakode’ comes again the most voraciously celebrated festival of ‘Teej’. Teej is one of the most colourfully celebrated festivals in Jaipur. It’s all about women dressed in jazzy leheriya, patricoloured lehengas, ‘Mehendi ki khushbu’ and ‘Saawan ke jhule’. And when it comes to Teej, how could we forget our favourite Malai Ghewar!

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Teej falls on the third day after new moon. Teej as a festival is celebrated three times during the Indian month of Shravan, namely Hariyali teej, Kajli Teej, and Hartalika Teej. Badi Teej is celebrated with great zeal and pomp in our Jaipur city. Married women fast for the day and pray to Goddess Parvati for the long lives of their husbands and children. Young girls put on vibrant lehangas and leheriya sarees and enjoy the swings under lush green trees. As magnificent as this festival is, it keeps an immensely important place in the hearts of Jaipurites. We celebrate it with all kinds of food and festive preparations. Jaipur’s Teej celebration is not only famous across the nation, but also known across the globe for its enlivening and pulsing rituals, and traditions.

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The very famous Rajasthani dessert ‘Ghewar’ is the authentic food associated with Teej. Other savoury dishes associated with Teej are ‘Malpua,’ ‘Kesar Jalebi,’ and ‘Mirchi Pakode.’ The mere thought of a kesar jalebi or a delicious malpua melting in our mouths is enough to get us high on love for this festival!

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Besides the amazing excitement among common people for Teej, every year the Rajasthan Tourism carries out a pageant procession that passes from various areas of the old city of Jaipur including Tripolia Bazar, Chaugan Stadium  and Talkatora. Rajasthani folk dances, palanquins, tableaux, vividly ornamented elephants and drama are different parts of this vibrant pageant that takes place on the day of Haryali Teej. Scores of Jaipurites along with national as well as international tourists turn up to enjoy the festivities of this grand pageant. Apart from the common spectators, it also attracts hundreds of photographers and videographers for the extravaganza. Teej Procession is one of the biggest pageant held in Jaipur, over the year.

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Teej, for Jaipurites is not a mere monsoon festival, it is also a feeling of being tied to our colourful roots of Rajasthani tradition, that keep the beauty and avidity for culture alive year after year.

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Royal Teej Procession in Jaipur

Sawan Month, is one of the holiest Hindu months and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in North India. The month is filled with auspicious days and numerous rituals. The famous Teej festival is also observed in this sacred month.

Teej Festival though, is fêted all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur via Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar with chariots, decorated camels, dancing folk artists, brass bands and royal palanquins for two days i.e 17th & 18th August, 2015.

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The traditional procession of Goddess Teej is also the ultimate hub of a large number of folk and cultural programs which is enjoyed by both locals as well as tourists visiting the city during this time.

The entire Teej procession is filled with loads of merriment which is not to be missed if you are in Jaipur.

Date- 17th & 18th August

Venue- Tripoliya Gate, City Palace, Jaipur

Tip- The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special seating area for foreign tourists, for comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

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Carnival of ‘Sawan Teej’ Begins In Jaipur From August 7

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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Time to indulge in monsoon festivities and make merry !! 🙂