The Festival of Teej

The Festival of Teej

Aarti Natarajan Sharma

Word Count: 580 

Teej is a three day long Hindu festival, dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is celebrated during the month of sawan, which corresponds with the monsoon season of July-August in India. The exact day of the festival is dependent on the cycle of the moon. 

There are three different versions of Teej—Haryali, Kajari, and Harlatika. This year Haryali Teej is on 11 August, Kajari Teej is on 25 August, and Hartalika Teej is on 9 September. 

The celebrations are all over India but centered most vibrantly in the state of Rajasthan, especially in the city of Jaipur. The festival of Teej is considered to be highly uplifting and joyous in nature. Women congregate and observe a fast, usually without water (nir jal), during Teej. It is a common practice to have Mehendi put on hands. Women dress up in all their finery, usually in shades of green or red and spend the day singing songs associated with Teej. In a lot of places, swings are fixed on branches of high trees and women take great delight in swinging themselves.

The whole idea is to celebrate being married and give thanks for the same. The blessings garnered by Goddess Parvati during Teej are said to be auspicious for a continued happy marital life.

Teej is a great occasion for giving and accepting gifts. Married women give gifts to each other. Mothers-in-law also shower their daughters-in-law with a variety of gifts. The best thing about Teej gifting is that it covers a variety of products. Let’s take a look at some of them

Divine Bhakti Set

This specially curated set consists of 15 chalisas or prayer books for a number of Gods, namely, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Shiv, Hanuman, Durga, Krishna, Sai, Saraswati, Gayatri, Vishnu, Navgrah, Shani, Bhairav, Ganga, and Ram. Each chalisa comes with a hardbound cover, with beautiful illustrations of the deity. The font is large and easy to read and printed on premium high-quality paper which makes it durable. 

These prayer books are couched in a pull-out box with compartments for each of them and are available in both Hindi and English. 

The best part about the Divine Bhakti set is that it can be personalised with a variety of options—a name, a special message or even a photograph; adding that extra dimension of thoughtfulness to your gift. This is a great addition to any household.

Pink Stationery Box

This sophisticated stationery set comes with a set of lovely products, ideal for everyday use. It comprises of 

50 best wishes card with envelopes

50 thank you cards with envelopes

50 shagun envelopes

50 A-4 size letterheads with envelopes

50 A-5 size letterheads with envelopes

This set has drawers and compartments for each product and comes in two shares of pink- Bubble Gum and Wild Berry. The inside of the box has a plush lining and the paper used is of premium quality, ensuring that the products are long-lasting. There are refills available for the items, which means you don’t have to worry about running out of stock! This stationery set also comes with the option of a name customisation, giving that extra special boost to your gift. 

Overall, this is a wonderful gifting item, both pleasing to the eye and useful.