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Celebrating Teej: Lambadas' Monsoon Harvest of Hope.



  Sep 25, 2023

Celebrating Teej: Lambadas' Monsoon Rituals for Harvest and Hope



Community: Lambadas of Telangana, also known as Banjaras, a nomadic tribe.

Time: 9-day festival during the month of Sravanam in the Indian calendar.

Intention: Prayers for a bountiful harvest and a prosperous life.

Festive Activities: Song and dance in traditional Banjara attire, relatives visiting from afar.

Rituals: Young girls and women carry wheat seedlings in twig baskets, water them three times a day, and immerse them in local streams.

Worship: Devotion to Sevalal Maharaj and Mera Mayadi (Goddess Parvathi), seeking blessings for good harvest and marriages.

Finale: Immersion of wheat seedlings in streams or rivers, akin to Banjara's Bathukamma.

Feast: Grand banquet marking the end of the festivities, featuring offerings like meat and kheer.


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