Sanjhi – the papercut art, originated in Mathura is used for ritualistic and ceremonial rangolis, floor decorations practiced in temples and homes in praise of Lord Krishna. The festival of Sanjhi is celebrated by young girls in honour of a Goddess named Sanjhi or Sanjhya. While the temple craft is practiced exclusively by male priests and their male apprentices, the popular version of Sanjhi is undertaken chiefly by unmarried girls all over northern India due to the belief that the Goddess Sanjhi, if propitiated with oerings of food and water and duly worshipped, will aid them in getting a suitable husband. Intricate patterns, drawn on various types of paper, are cut out to form a stencil.

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