Teja Dashmi 2023
Teja Ji or Veer Teja is a folk deity 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 is worshipped by many communities in these states. Many temples are dedicated to Teja Ji, and devotees visit these temples on the day of Teja Dashami 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 a boon from Lord Shiva. The baby Tejaji had a strong aura, so it was considered 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. From 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, has been celebrated as a festival. Devotees go to his temples and take part in happy Teja Dashami celebrations. There are many fairs too organized to commemorate 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 the tenth day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad, according to the Hindu calendar. Therefore, Teja Dashami's 2023 date is 23rd 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 from snake bites. Devotees visit various shrines of the deity, offer Churma, a Malawi dish, and seek his blessings. There is a tradition of bringing Nishans or colorful umbrellas to provide to the deity. Some of the famous places to go to celebrate the festival on the Teja Dashami 2023 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 the deity's blessings for a prosperous life. The district has the oldest Tejaji temple, where thousands of devotees pay obeisance.
2). Ujjain- The city is famous for Teja Dashmi celebrations. Numerous devotees throng the Lord Teja temples to celebrate the occasion. Devotees also offer Nishan's or colorful umbrellas and take-out processions, dancing and chanting on drum beats.
3). Jaipur- Several fairs and celebrations are organized in temples in Pink City and rural Jaipur. Many communities visit the deity temples and seek his blessings for a peaceful and prosperous life. People bitten by snakes 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. Many temples are dedicated to Tejaji, and grand fairs are organized to celebrate the occasion.
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