Kajari Teej 2023
As we step into the world of festivities, we’re thrilled to share the joyous occasion of Kajari Teej with you. Mark your calendars for September 2, 2023, as we delve into the colorful realm of this auspicious day.
In the heart of Indian culture, festivals have always been more than just dates on the calendar. They’re a tapestry woven with vibrant threads of exuberance and enthusiasm, bringing communities together in celebration. Kajari Teej, a cherished part of this cultural mosaic, is dedicated to none other than the divine couple, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Unveiling the Essence of Kajari Teej
Teej, known as the “third” day following the new moon and the third day after the full moon night of every month, is celebrated with unmatched fervor and devotion by women across India. And among the various forms of Teej, Kajari Teej stands as a pinnacle of importance for women.
Unwrapping the Origins
According to Hindu tradition, Kajari Teej finds its place on the third day of Krishna Paksha, the dark fortnight of the Bhadrapada month. This special day is also known as Kajli Teej or Badi Teej. With its roots intertwined with Central India, particularly Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Kajari Teej boasts a distinct charm.
Harmony in Tradition: Swing and Song
In Central India, the spirit of Kajari Teej is captured through enchanting Kajari Songs and joyous swings. The melodies and the swings intertwine seamlessly, creating an atmosphere of celebration. Even the playful image of Lord Krishna on a swing, accompanied by the melodies of Kajari, is a common sight during Janmashtami.
The Day’s Destiny: Kajari Teej Muhurt
Tritiya Tithi Begins: 11:50 PM on September 01, 2023
Tritiya Tithi Ends: 08:49 PM on September 02, 2023
Legend has it that Kajali was a dense forest, and its songs echoed the praises of its beauty. After the demise of King Dadurai, Queen Nagamati performed Sati Sahagamanam, which deeply moved the people. This led to the creation of Raga Kajari, which then evolved into the poignant songs of separation that we know today.
Unity in the Divine: Parvati and Shiva
The essence of Kajari Teej is further amplified by the mythological story of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s union. Goddess Parvati’s unwavering devotion eventually led Lord Shiva to accept her as his wife, marking this divine reunion on the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada. This sacred day later became known as Kajari Teej.
Blessings and Devotion
Kajari Teej holds immense significance for women. Fasting on this day is believed to bestow longevity upon their husbands. Married and unmarried women alike observe the Nirjala Vrat, a fast that seeks the blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The day is not just about rituals but also about togetherness as married women visit their parents’ homes, and newlyweds celebrate their first Teej.
Nature’s Embrace and Joyful Tunes
Worshiping the Neem tree and swinging in the monsoon breeze are integral parts of the Kajari Teej rituals. The air is filled with the melodious strains of Kajari songs, adding a musical touch to the celebrations. In Bundi, Rajasthan, a lively fair commemorates this occasion, while the fervor of Kajari Teej spreads across North and Central India.
As we immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of Kajari Teej, let us remember the unity it brings, the devotion it signifies, and the joy it instills. From the swinging melodies to the heartfelt fasts, Kajari Teej resonates as a testament to the enduring spirit of tradition and love.
Wishing you a joyous Kajari Teej filled with love, devotion, and celebration!