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Banjara Teej

Banjara teej is a nine-day ritual and festival observed by Banjara community especially in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Maharashtra. Banjara Teej in 2018 begins on August 25. The festival ends on September 3 on Sri Krishna Janmashtami day.

The main ritual during the period is the sowing and growing of wheat saplings in a small basket made of bamboo. This basket with growing wheat shoots is known as Teej. It symbolizes prosperity.

Young girls who participate in the ritual pray to Lord Seva Lal for their well-being.

During the nine day rituals, groups of young girls sing and danced with the teej on their heads, seeking prosperity for the village and the community.

On Janmashtami day, the Teej is carried on the traditional phuliagan on the head of the girls.

The girls, who reach nearby river or pond singing songs, immerse Teej in the water.

Banjara Teej begins on Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi and ends on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Telangana.