On Teej, it is customary for married women to keep fast (Teej Vrat) and pray for the longevity of their husbands, while yet-to-be married maidens observe Teej Vrat to get desired life-partners.
The festival of kajari Teej comes four times a year, and this one is known as Kajari Teej. According to the Hindu calendar, Kajari Teej is celebrated on the third day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. Kajari Teej is also known by the names like Kajli Teej and Badi Teej. Among all other Teej days, the occasion of Kajari Teej is considered the most important for women.
What Does Kajari Teej Signify?
Kajari Teej or Badi Teej has more than one legend associated with it. Check them out!
Raag Kajari Teej
According to mythological belief, Kajali was the name of a dense forest located in Central India. The region around the forest was ruled by King Dadurai. The people of his kingdom used to sing songs known by the same name (Kajali) in praise of the magnificent place. But, how did the Kajali songs come to be sung on occasions of grief?
When King Dadurai died, his wife, Queen Nagamati, performed Sati (the ancient ritual whereby widows burn themselves alive in the funeral pyre of their husbands). Overwhelmed by the incident, the people of Kajali improvised Raga Kajari. Since then, Kajari songs became popular as the songs of separation.
Devotion on Kajari Teej
Badi Teej is also associated with the devotion and dedication of a woman towards her husband.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati longed to marry Lord Shiva. Shiva asked Parvati to prove her devotion towards him. Parvati did so by observing a penance for as long as 108 years, before being accepted by Shiva. The divine union of Lord Shiva and Parvati took place during Krishna Paksha of the Bhadrapada month. The day later came to be known as Kajari Teej. Therefore, it is considered very auspicious to worship Goddess Parvati on the day of Badi Teej or Kajali Teej.