Teej marks the arrival of the rainy season, bringing relief to the parched land and brings special joy to women and girls who sing and dance in praise of Parvati, worshipping her for her devotion to her husband Shiva, and praying for the well-being of their own. Women associate this festival with rituals of swinging in the rain, singing folk songs, decorating their palms by applying mehendi, dressing in their best clothes and jewelry, and feasting.

In Jaipur an idol of Goddess Parvati is taken out in royal procession from the City Palace, after she is first worshipped in the Zenana or women's courtyard by the royal women. This grand spectacle consists of antique palanquins, cannons on wheels drawn by bullocks, chariots, gaily decorated elephants, horses, camels, brass bands and groups of dancers. Men dressed in red carry the palanquin of the Goddess.


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