Teja Dashmi 2021
Teja Ji or Veer Teja is a folk deity worshipped in mostly rural Rajasthan and many communities in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. Veer Teja is considered one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva. The martyr day of the brave Tejaji is celebrated as Teja Dashmi. On this day, people go to his temples and offer prayers. Teja Dashami is celebrated on Bhadrapada Shukla Dashmi.
Origin, History, and Significance of Teja Dashmi
Teja Ji, a famous folk deity, is worshipped in many parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Shiva and worshipped by many communities in these states. There are many temples dedicated to Teja Ji, and on the day of Teja Dashami, devotees visit these temples to pray to the deity.
Teja Ji was born in the family of Dhaulya, gotra Jats on Bhadrapad Shukla Dashmi. Chaudhary Taharji or Thirraj, his father, was a chieftain of karnal, a place in Nagpur district in Rajasthan. His parents were ardent devotees of Lord Shiva and worshipped Lord Shiva for a baby. When they became parents of Tejaji, they considered him as a boon from Lord Shiva. The baby Tejaji had a strong aura, so it was considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
According to the popular legend, Teja Ji once went to leave his sister and encountered a snake. As he has to leave his sister safely, he told the snake that he would return to the snake after leaving his sister. After leaving his sister, on the way, he encountered dacoits, and he gets badly wounded fighting them. But he defeats them and finally returns to the snake. The snake seeing his wounded state, says, “where should I bite? There is no place left.” The brave Teja Ji offers his tongue to the snake to bite. The snake, impressed by his bravery and trustworthiness, grants him a boon that anybody bitten by a snake when ties a thread in the name of Tejaji will be cured of the poison. Since then on, people tie a thread in his name when bitten by any snake and open the thread in a mandir dedicated to him on Teja Dashmi.
Since then, Tejaji’s birthday, Bhadrapad Shukla Dashmi, is celebrated as a festival. Devotees go to his temples and take part in happy Teja Dashami celebrations. There are many fairs too organized to celebrate the happy Teja Dashami occasion.
When is Teja Dashmi Celebrated
Teja Dashmi is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Tejaji, which falls on Bhadrapad Shukla Dashmi or tenth day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad, according to the Hindu calendar. Teja Dashami 2021 date is 16th September.
How is Teja Dashmi Celebrated, and Where to Go?
Teja Dashmi is celebrated with much fanfare in many parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. Tejaji is believed to cure and protect people of snake bite. Devotees visit various shrines of the deity, offer Churma, a Malawi dish, and seek his blessings. There is a tradition of bringing Nishan’s or colorful umbrellas to offer to the deity. Some of the famous places to go to celebrate the festival on Teja Dashami 2021 date are:
1). Malwa- Malwa is known for its extensive Teja Dashmi celebrations. There are many fairs organized across many shrines dedicated to the Tejaji deity. Devotees come in large numbers to pray and seek blessings of the deity for a prosperous life. The district has the oldest Tejaji temple, where thousands of devotees pay obeisance.
2). Ujjain- The city is popular for Teja Dashmi celebrations. Numerous devotees throng the Lord Teja temples to celebrate the occasion. Devotees also offer Nishans or colorful umbrellas and take out processions dancing and chanting on drum beats.
3). Jaipur- There are several fairs and celebrations organized in various temples in the Pink City and rural areas of Jaipur. Many communities visit the deity temples and seek his blessings for a peaceful and prosperous life. People bitten by snake also come on this day to the temples and open the thread to get cured of the snake bite.
4). Ajmer- Ajmer has many events celebrating the festival. There are many temples dedicated to Tejaji, where grand fairs are organized to celebrate the occasion.
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