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Badi Teej – Kajli Teej



Badi Teej, or Kajli Teej, is observed in the Bhadrapad month and is an important observance in Rajasthan and other parts of North India. In 2017, the date of Badi Teej is August 10. The preparation and rituals begin on August 9, 2017. It is observed by married and unmarried women on the third day of the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month. Fasting on the Badi Teej is from sunrise to sighting of the moon.

Married women fast on the day for the welfare of their husbands and for a peaceful and happy life. Unmarried women observe Badi Teej fasting for getting a good husband.

One day prior to Teej, there is the Sinjara or Singhara (mehendi ceremony) and women get gifts and they go on a shopping spree on the day.

On the Badi Teej day, women fast from morning to sighting of moon. The prayers are dedicated to the Neem tree, referred as Neem Mata. In some regions the prayers and fasting is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

This is one among the three important Teej festivals in a year. Badi Teej is also known as Sathu Teej and Kajari Teej.

Badi Teej is an important festival in Bundi District in Rajasthan.

The Hartalika Teej observed on the third day of the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month is also referred as Badi Teej by some Hindu communities.