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Jaipur gears up for colourful Sawan Teej festival
Jaipur gears up for Teej festival that begins at the end of this month to be organised by Rajasthan Tourism. The colourful celebrations of Sawan Teej attract both foreign and domestic tourists along with enthusiastic participation of local populace. This year, the festival is being held on July 30 and 31 which will be marked by a royal procession from the city palace through the old city area.

According to Rajasthan Tourism website, the spectacular royal procession will feature an idol of the Goddess Parvati along with antique palanquins, bullock carts, cannons, chariots, elephants, horses, camels, brass bands, and folk dancers.

The procession will start from Tripolia Gate and wind its way through Tripolia Bazaar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, and ends at Chaugan Stadium. The arrangements for tourists to watch and photograph the procession have been made on the terrace of the Hind Hotel, opposite Tripolia Gate.

The swings hung from trees in the parks and streets or in the courtyard of homes have become a common sight in Jaipur. Young girls and married women are flocking the beauty parlours to get henna tattoos on their hands and feet. Women are also visiting shops to buy new saris and jewelry to be worn on the occasion of the festival.

The festival of Teej in the city will be marked by women fasting by to seek divine blessings for their marital bliss. The festival that occurs on the third day of 'Shukla Paksha' of the moon in the Hindu month of Shravana to mark the devotion of Parvati to Lord Shiva. It is widely believed that the invocation of Parvati's blessing during the festival brings about continued marital bliss for women.

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