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Preparations for famous Teej procession in Jaipur in full swing
Preparations for Teej festival and procession are in full swing in Jaipur to be held on August 13. The government of Rajasthan has declared half day holiday so that people can participate in the procession. Many foreign tourists also find it a perfect time to visit Jaipur to watch the procession and click photographs.

Indian and foreign visitors it also be the right time and place to get a feel of the rich culture of Rajasthan. Women of Rajasthan in colourful green Leheria dresses take part in the festival which has a great religious significance and married life happiness. The young girls and married women carry out the various rituals and pray to Goddess Parvati for well being of their husbands and blissful married life or pray for prospective faithful husbands.

On this day, decorating the Teej Mata temple and her idol adorned with traditional jewellery and beautifully embroidered clothes is another event witnessed by women and girls. Devotional songs dedicated to Goddess Parvati by women at home and in temples. Various parks and gardens have been done up since women also gather there to enjoy swings decorated with marigold and other spring flowers.

In the Teej procession Goddess Parvati or Teej Mata is carried in a palanquin by 8 men through the streets and roads of pink city, which is a two-day event. The procession begins from Janani Dayodi near Tripoliya Gate and passes through Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar and concludes at Chougan Stadium.

On the Teej day, devotees join the procession of antique metal patterned palanquin carrying Teej Mata, along with the folk artists and dance groups performing Kachchi Ghodi, Kalbeliya, and Gair to entertain the spectators. Camels and bullock carts are a major part of the parade along with the cannons on cart. The main attraction is to watch women in brightly coloured dresses carrying decorated earthen pot on their head and singing Teej songs.

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