JAL JHULNI EKADASHI
JAL JHOOLNI EKADASHI
Jal Jhulni Ekadashi comes every year on the Ekadashi (Eleventh Day) of the Shukla Paksha (Bright Half) of the Hindu month Bhadrapada, also known as Bhado.
Significance of Jal Jhulni Ekadashi
On Jal Jhulni Ekadashi, Hindus worship the Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the one who observes the fast on this day gets blessed with immense happiness and good fortune. Apart from the wealth factor there is another belief that Mata Yashoda washed the clothes of Lord Krishna on this day. Hence, people also celebrate Jal Jhulni Ekadashi as Padma Ekadashi.
Jal Jhulni Ekadashi Celebration
Jal Jhulni Ekadashi is celebrated with great zeal. Devotees carry out a Shobha Yatra (Honor Journey) with a Palki (Palanquin) of Lord Vishnu. On this day, idol of Lord Vishnu is bathed outside the temple in holy water bodies like lake, pond, bawri and river.
Teej is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of Rajasthan. Swings, traditional songs and dancing are the unique features of Teej celebrations in Rajasthan. Women perform traditional folk dance dressed in green colored clothes and sing beautiful Teej songs while enjoying their sway on swings bedecked with flowers.
Teej is celebrated with immense fun and fanfare. On this day, women and young girls wear their best clothes and adorn themselves with fine jewellery. They gather at a nearby temple or a common place and offers prayers to Goddess Parvati for well-being of their husbands.
On the occasion of Teej, markets are stocked with trendiest women accessories and clothes. Most of the fabric clothes display ‘laheria’ (tie and dye) prints. Sweetshops keep different Teej sweets but ‘Ghevar and Feeni’ is the main traditional sweets of the season. All over Rajasthan, swings are hung from trees and decorated with fragrant flowers. Women both married and unmarried love to swing on these swings to celebrate the 'Sawan festival'.