Kajri Teej 2021 | Famous Hindu Festival
Kajari or Kajali Teej is a very famous festival for married women and this festival is celebrated on the third day of the month Bhadrapada in Krishna Paksha. This day is known as Kajri or Kajali Teej due to the dark colors in the sky. Kajri Teej which is also known as Kajali or Badi Teej. This Teej festival is one of the three main Teej festivals. Apart from this there are also Hariyali Teej and Hartalika Teej.
According to beliefs, on the day of Kajri Teej, the Suhagin women fast for Nirjala and pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for the long life and prosperity of their husband.
Importance of Kajri Teej:-
There are many Teej’s throughout the year, out of which 3 Teejs i.e. Hariyali Teej, Hartalika Teej, and Kajri Teej have been given great importance. By keeping fast of Kajri Teej, women get the blessings of unbroken good luck. By observing this fast, there is happiness and prosperity in the family. The special blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are received by the Suhagins. Hartalika Teej and Hariyali Teej are followed by Kazir Teej.
Even on this Teej, women fast for the long life of the life partner. But Nirjala fast is kept on Kajri Teej. In this fast, women neither drink water nor consume food. This fast has been considered as the most difficult fast in Hinduism. Pandit Ji says, ‘It is believed that on the day of Kajri Teej, Mata Parvati had done this fast to get married to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva received her as a result of this fast. That is why women in Kajri Teej worship Lord Shankar-Parvati made of raw clay.
Kajri Teej 2021 date:-
On the occasion of the Kajri Teej Festival, we have seen a special celebration in many states of India. According to the Hindu Panchang, Kajri Teej is falling on 25th August 2021.
Kajri Teej Puja Vidhi: –
On the day of Kajri Teej, fasting women should wake up in Brahmamuhurta. Take a bath and become pure. On this day, makeup is very important. Therefore, do sixteen makeup on this day. Nirjala fast is also observed on this day. Worship Mata Parvati, Lord Shiva, and Neemadi Mata. After the puja, prepare ghee by mixing ghee, Sattu, barley, dry fruits wheat, rice, and gram, and offer this to Neemadi Mata.
Preparation for worship – Nemari Mata is also worshiped at many places along with Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva on Kajri Teej. To worship God, Suhagins should make their idols out of pure clay. Now draw the shape of a pond on the side of the wall, where mud is to be worshiped with mud and cow dung and tie it with ghee and jaggery on it. After this, plant a neem branch near the pond. After this, light a lamp and pour raw milk and water into the pond.
How to do Pooja- Offer water to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Mata Neemadi (made of clay) after applying water and roli. After this, offer all the ingredients of Suhag to Goddess Parvati and Mata Neemadi. Also offer jewelry and clothes etc. and after that see your reflection in the water. Now offer bhog to the goddess and read the story of Kajri Teej, then after to the Aarti of Goddess. It is believed that by doing this, happiness and prosperity persist. Suhagins should open their fast the next day after feeding jaggery to the cow.
Kajri Teej Vrat Katha: –
After keeping Nirjala fast for the whole day, read the story of Kajri Teej in the evening. Do aarti and chant the mantras of Lord Shiva. Then on the moonrise, offer Arghya to the moon. Arghya is recognized with a silver ring and wheat grains in hand. Offer Roli, Akshat, and Molly by offering water. Then stand in your place and do the circumambulation. Offer blessings by touching the feet of mother-in-law or any elder person at home or worship place by offering Arghya to the moon. Also, give them Dakshina and sweets.
After this, worship the cow and feed the cow by placing jaggery and ghee in seven dough balls. Donate food before passing the fast. Then open your fast with a normal meal.
Interesting things about Kajri Teej:-
A few days before ‘Kajri Teej’, Suhagin women make mud from the river and pond, etc., and sow barley grains in it. Plants come out every day by adding water. On the day of Kajri, these girls get blessings from their brothers and elders by placing them on their ears. This process is called ‘Zarai Khonsna’. This form of Kajari is limited to rural areas only. This thing is done while singing, and believe it is very pleasant to see and hear.
The tradition of singing Kajari is very ancient. Poets like Surdas, Premdhan etc. also composed beautiful songs of Kajari, which are sung even today. ‘Kajri Teej’ is also called ‘Satwa’ and ‘Saturi Teej’. It is a special festival of the Maheshwari society, in which barley, wheat, rice, and gram sattu are prepared by adding ghee, sweets, and dry fruits to the dish. This dish is eaten at the moonlight night.