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Festivals of Love-Teej and Gangaur

Festivals of Love-Teej and Gangaur

Teej and Gangaur are two festivals of Rajasthan celebrated in a worship of Goddess Parvati and her husband Lord Shiva to seek their blessings for a happy and long married life. They are women centric festivals both girls and married females take part in the worship and the festivities. Also, romance is a central theme and prayers are offered to the deities for a fulfilling relationship with one's spouse. Gangaur (Gana: Shiva, gaur: Gauri or Parvati) is celebrated at the onset of spring for a full eighteen days during which women fast, dye their hands with mehndi and wearing bridal hues of reds and oranges worship the deities. The last three days are reserved for professions where a group of women marches to the local pond with the idols perched on their head and to mark the end of the festival immerse them in the water body.  Teej is celebrated on the third day of the monsoon month and alongside the religious and marital themes, there is added to it the notion of fortune and prosperity associated with rains in a desert state. Women celebrate by enjoying themselves on swings hung in lush gardens and are pampered with gifts from their husband and in-laws. The procession on Teej has canopies over the idols which are reminiscent of the monsoon showers. A rich culture of music and songs and dance has evolved on the above-mentioned themes as Teej and Gangaur have come to be celebrated for a long time all across the state. The album comprises of evocative instrumentals that bring alive the religious fervor, festivity, and romance associated with these festivals.

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