Indore: Kajari or Badi Teej is celebrated with fervour in Maheshwari and Sindhi community. It is observed on ‘tritiya’, the third day of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month in north India. It comes three days after Raksha Bandhan. While men bring gift, dresses, henna and sweets for wives, women keep fast, offer special prayers. Free Press talked to people to know about their take. Excerpts

Celebrate life, control urges

“We should experience and celebrate every colour of life. However, we must control ourselves and keep away from addiction. The day-long fast helps us to control our urges. We celebrate it with a feast when we end fast. So, it has both aspects of life.”

Protect first, pray later

“We feel people have forgotten real reason behind puja. The procedure of Teej puja is where we pray to neem leaves and plant a sapling. These customs began so that people protect environment. Sadly, we are praying but not protecting. Similarly, people should protect girls instead of worshipping them during Navratri.”

Balanced relationship

“To us, Teej reminds us of true meaning of marital relation. Neither of us (man or woman) is complete and only together one can achieve goals. We both fast for each other. True joy lies in going beyond limits. We both take decisions together and that is the essence of festivals like Teej.”

Keeping romance alive

“A festival like Teej rekindles romance in our lives with its uniting rituals. One prays together, eats together. These festivals if adopted as lessons are a wonderful way to keep romance in our lives alive. We should accept Teej as a festival instead of enforcing it on women to pray for their husbands.”

Learning from others

“Teej is something we can celebrate as couples with all our family. It retains love between husband and wife. We look up to our parents and learn lessons of marital life from them. It is a beautiful festival.”

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