festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and mythologically celebrates Goddess
Parvati’s union with lord Shiva after a 100 year strict penance.
The festival of Teej is celebrated in various parts of Rajasthan with great pomp and
show however how would it feel finding this festival being celebrated with great
splendor in a far off land like Melbourne?
For the last 12 years the Rajasthani Kutumb of Victoria has not only been
celebrating Rajasthani festivals and rituals and its vibrant culture but also
acquainting the Australian citizens about Rajasthan, its rich heritage and legacy.
This year on 23rd August, 2015 this huge Rajasthani family once again gathered to
celebrate “Teej Mahotsav 2015”. The advent to the celebration was with Lord
Ganesh Vandana (Prayer) followed by the ritualized worship and pooja of Teej
Mata (Goddess Parvati).
The celebration was fun-filled and made lively with various events like songs,
quizzing and various games and dance that were enjoyed and played together by all
family members. The event was also marked by astounding performances by kids
and ladies which included dances based on Rajasthani folk dance etc. and fancy
dress presentation by kids as a reflection to the rich culture of our great nation
What more does a Rajasthani wish for than to celebrate the occasion not just
ritually but with best of culinary experience and great food too. Mouth watering
food and snacks were an add up to the occasion and was loved by all. The guests of
honour of the program were Mr. Hong Lim, Member of Parliament, Ms. Manika
Jain, Consular General of India, Mr. Chidambaram Srinivasan, VMC
Commissioner and Mr. Paul Klisaris, Mayor of City of Monash.
The President of ‘The Rajasthani Kutumb of Victoria’ Mr. Anuj Gupta apprised
that the Rajasthani Kutumb is a non-profit organisation and for the past 12 years
has been commemorating the celebration of Teej, Diwali and Gangaur festivals in
The association bonds with its members through its various programs and
celebrations and keeps them attached to their roots. He also further advised that
any Rajasthani/ Rajasthan resident coming to Melbourne and in need of any kind
of help can without hesitation whatsoever contact the Rajasthani Kutumb of
Victoria at www.rajkov.org.