FESTIVALS : Krishna Radha ke ras mein sarobaar Brij ki Teej

More than two lakh devotees flocked to the various temples in Vrindavan and Barsana on the occasion of Hariyali Teej, especially the temple of Bankey Bihari ji in Vrindavan. Pilgrims chanted hymns and sung bhajans in the praise of Sri Krishna, as idols of Krishna and Radha are adorned in colourful dresses and fine jewellery. The special attraction at Banke Bihari Temple on Teej is the rare darshan of Krishna and Radha placed on a large swing of gold and silver.

As Krishna-Radha rock in the hindolas of saavan in temples, women of Brij sing beautiful Teej songs, enjoy monsoon showers, and rock on makeshift swings and jhoolas on the branches of trees. With abundant greenery all around, they dress up in green dresses, wear green bangles and adorn their hands and feet with intricate mehndi designs.

Married daughters visit their parents during monsoons and their return gifts include the special Teej sweet – ghevar or the honeycomb dessert. The aroma of pure ghee ghevar (available in different colors and varieties) pervardes the sweet shops of Bri Mandal, competing with the famous peda of Mathura for topping the sales chart.

Celebrated originally to commemorate the success of Goddess Parvati in thawing the heart of Great Ascetic Shiv after severe penances and marryin Him, unmarried women observe fast on the third day of Shukla Paksha of Shravan month as ‘Teej’ to marry the groom of their choice. Married observe the fast on this day too for the long life of their husbands and to attain marital bliss.

In Braj, the eternal love and romance of Krishna and Radha is celebrated with great pomp on the occasion of Teej. Krishna and Radha leelas remain the main attraction of Teej celebrations at Mathura and Brij Mandal.

Visit Braj on Teej and soak in the nectar of the groves of Vrindavan!