Kajli or Kajari Teej

Kajari Teej, or Kajli Teej, is observed on the third day after Shravan Purnima and it one among the three Teej festivals – the other two being Hariyali and Hartalika Teej. In 2014, the date of Kajari Teej is August 13. Kajari Teej is dedicated to Lord Krishna and special pujas are also performed to the neem tree. The festival is mainly celebrated in Bundi in Rajasthan and in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Festivals associated with Lord Krishna are always filled joy and dance. Women and girls wear colorful new clothes and dance and enjoy on the day. Special Swings are prepared for the day and women take turns in swinging while other women sing and dance. Songs sung on the day welcome monsoons and praise the love of Krishna and Radha.

A community puja is performed around a neem tree in the village. Specific rituals are performed by elderly women and young women learn the tradition and perform it.

Kajli Teej in Bundi in Rajasthan is noted for colorful processions.