In the holy land of India, many Teej festivals are celebrated with great fervour and zeal. Kajari Teej is one of the three main Teej festivals which are celebrated in India. The other two are Hariyali Teej and Hartalika Teej. The auspicious Kajari Teej is celebrated fifteen days after Hariyali Teej.
In this article, we’ll talk about Kajari Teej and its significance, auspicious date and time, and the rituals associated with it.
Let’s get to know more about this pious occasion.
The auspicious Kajari Teej 2021 is to be celebrated on 25th August 2021 (Wednesday). This time, during this pious occasion, the special Dhriti Yoga is being formed. It is commonly believed that all the work done in Dhriti Yoga gets completed properly.
The dates and times are given below.
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Kajari Teej or Kajri Teej or Kajali Teej is also known as Badi Teej. In some regions of India, Kajari Teej is also known as Satudi Teej. According to the North Indian calendar, this auspicious occasion is observed on the Tritiya (Third day) of the Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month. As per the South Indian calendar, this festival falls in the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravana. But in both the calendars, Kajari Teej falls on the same day. Typically, this pious occasion falls three days after Raksha Bandhan and five days before Krishna Janmashtami.
Kajari Teej is known to be an auspicious day in the life of married women. The fast kept on this day is considered to be important for married women. On this holy day, married women observe fast for their husbands for the long life of their husbands. According to religious belief, Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are pleased by the women who keep this fast and fulfil all their wishes. Women worship Goddess Parvati and ask for her blessings for a blissful married life. On this occasion, women devotees pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for a happy married life. They also pray for love, harmony, and peace to always remain in their marriage. The festival of Kajari Teej celebrates the spirit of womanhood. As this festival is believed to be crucial for the prosperity and longevity of the husbands, married women observe this day with immense gaiety and ardour.
Unmarried girls can also celebrate this day and keep the fast to get a good and caring husband. It is commonly believed that if an unmarried girl celebrates this occasion with reverence, she’ll not only get a suitable husband for herself, but her married life will always be blissful.
On this pious occasion, women observe a strict Nirjala fast, i.e., a fast where you don’t consume water along with not consuming food. This fast is called the Kajari Teej Vrat. However, pregnant women can consume water and fruits. When a woman starts observing this fast, she must continue doing so for 16 long years.
Let’s look at what rituals are done on this day.
On the day of Kajari Teej, women get up early in the morning and finish all their morning chores. Women should take a bath and wear new clothes. They adorn themselves with bangles, sindur, and bindi. It is considered a customary practice for women to get ready as newlywed brides. Many women also apply Mehendi on their hands and feet.
The worship of cows on Kajari Teej is considered an important part of the festival. Women break their fast by feeding the cows chapati coated with ghee and jaggery.
On Kajari Teej, several dishes are prepared using sattu, ghee, and dried fruits. The Kajari Teej fast is quite similar to Karva Chauth. This is why the fast gets concluded when the observer sees and worships the Moon.
There is also a practice of worshipping Neemdi Mata on this day. Goddess Neemdi or Neemdi Mata is associated with this festival; hence the veneration of Goddess Neemdi is an integral part of this festival. Once you have taken a bath in the morning, make a puddle-like or pond-like shape with the support of a wall using cow dung or clay. After that, plant a Neem stem in it. Even a Neem branch or Neem twig can do. After that, pour raw milk and water into the pond, light a diya (lamp), and keep the lamp near it. Prepare a thali (plate) with cucumbers, bananas, apples, sattu, sindoor, sacred thread, lemon, etc. Raw milk is also needed. During the evening, women get dressed up for the Puja.
To worship Neemdi Mata in the evening, you need to follow these steps or Puja Vidhi.
Sprinkle water and roli to Goddess Neemdi, and then offer her rice.
On the wall behind Neemdi Mata, 13 dots are marked using Mehendi, Kajal, and vermillion each. The vermillion and Mehendi dots should be made using the ring finger, whereas the 13 Kajal dots should be made using the index finger.
After this, clothes, Mehendi, Kajal, and jewellery are offered to Neemdi Mata. The sacred thread is also offered to Neemdi Mata. The wall is also decorated with the help of the sacred thread by using the dots marked on it.
Offer fruits and dakshina to Goddess Neemdi. Then apply a Tilak on the Puja Kalash (sacred urn), and tie the lachha (sacred thread) around it.
Light a diya (lamp) and place it near the pond. Keep the lemon, cucumber, nose-pin, Neem twig, sari, etc., in the lamp’s light. The devotees must look at the reflection of all the things they have offered to Goddess Neemdi in the water and milk in the pond.
After this, offer Arghya and water to the Moon. Devotees should offer akshat and roli to the Moon. After that, Arghya is presented to the Moon by holding wheat grains as well as a silver ring in hand.
The auspicious Kajari Teej is observed with much fanfare and joy in Northern Indian states, especially in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. As this pious festival is meant for women, womenfolk spend this day enjoying amongst themselves. On Kajari Teej, women put up beautiful swings on the trees or in their houses. This particular day is spent doing pleasurable and cheerful activities like singing songs and dancing to the tunes of folk songs. Kajari or Kajli songs are an essential part of this celebration. The people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh sing Kajri songs accompanied by the rhythmic beats of the drums. Incredible delicacies such as kheer, badam ka halwa, ghevar, etc., are prepared. Sattu is a significant item in the rituals and festivities of Kajari Teej. These delicacies are prepared by the women and offered to Goddess Parvati. Later on, it is distributed among family members and friends.
Some regions can add their own touch to this pious festival, which is why the practices might differ from region to region, but the purpose and the idea behind this day remain the same. To sum up, Kajari Teej is a unique festival whose positive vibes can be felt by all the devotees who observe this day.