It is held every year in the month of July or the first week of August. This festival takes place during the summer. It also marks the onset of the monsoon season that gives fertility to the land. Various cultural and group activities involving locals and foreign tourists take place during the Sawan Mela. It adds to the charm of the fair itself. This fair is aimed primarily at women and celebrates the reunion between Parvati and Shiva.
The event lasts for almost four days. At this time you can see the whole city decorated like a bride just like the local women. Women of all ages wear the best clothes and beautiful red saris. They adorn themselves with beautiful Chhadke Tilari or traditional jewelry, and the colored glass bangles.
They decorate hands and feet with henna designs, just as in the day of the wedding. The most important thing is that these brides should keep the flame of an oil lamp lit all night. They dance, play and sing traditional motifs on the swings. The men reciprocate with gifts and the promise of eternal fidelity.
In dazzling robes and cheerful moods, old and young women revive the streets. Popular songs are sung in honor of the gods and people dance through the streets while accompanied by pompous parades. Married women return home to their parents to enjoy the feast there.
The married women then receive gifts from their parents. Future in-laws of betrothed girls give a Shrinjhara with bangles, henna, clothes or sweets. Each ritual has its own meaning for the ladies. The festival is therefore given high importance.
Kajli Teej is held especially in the city of Bundi. It is also celebrated in the rest of Rajasthan. Many tourists from all over the world are transported by the charm of this festival. The Kajli Teej is celebrated in the months from July to August. According to the Indian calendar, it is celebrated in the month of Shravana.
However, in Bundi, this festival is held during the third month of Bhadra. During the festival, a huge march carrying the goddess Teej start from Naval Sagar and stop at Azad Park. The procession sees the presence of decorated camels, bands, and performances by various artists dressed in amazing outfits. They give an even more aesthetic touch to the event. Beyond that, many other cultural programs are put in place by the artists of the Hadoti region. The celebration of this festival continues until Janmashtami.
In the period of Hartalika Teej, cities begin to slowly fill with colors, sounds, and dances.
Among the many festivals celebrated throughout the year in India, Teej occupies a place of deep and particular importance as it is a festival dedicated to Women. In deep religious and cultural ethos of the Indian world, Teej plays a significant role in defining the value of the woman in the couple. In addition, the festival offers a much-needed break for women from the daily toil.
Lately, men have begun to take part in the celebrations of the Teej festival. This is becoming increasingly more and more of a family celebration and a chance to get together.
During the Teej festival, women fast and break it by eating Dar. The first day is called Dar Khane Din or the fasting day and the second day is called the Rishi Panchami. On the third day is held the Teej Puja.
During the three-day festival, married women pray for the prosperity of her marriage, to the health and longevity of her husband. Unmarried girls pray for a spouse or a happy future.
Traditionally, marriages, celebrated the feasts of Akha Teej or that of Akshaya Tritiya, falling from April to June. It is the day when people buy gold and jewelry.
The Sindhara is a north Indian ritual exclusively for females. This festival is especially celebrated by mothers and falls in the month of Shravan during the monsoon season. The Sindhara is a time of fun and relaxation for the girls who are given gifts of new clothes and gifts of all kinds. Married women return to their mother's house for two or more weeks, where they receive special gifts from their parents.
In some parts of India, devotees celebrate the first menstrual cycle of a girl. When this girl bleeds for the first time, she is given a bath with milk and turmeric. The girls usually also receive many gifts and new clothes from their parents and relatives.