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A Visit To Jaipur Flower Market Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

Having been holed up in our homes for the past 4-5 months, I have been wanting to take a break and get back to street photography in Jaipur. The markets come alive only after 11 AM leaving very few places for street photography especially after the current pandemic situation. I have been to a couple of morning markets in Jaipur for street photography; I‘m yet to publish those pictures. May be someday, I will. Among the early morning places to visit in Jaipur, check out my blog on the Milk Market in Jaipur. There’s yet another interesting early morning market in Jaipur- Jaipur Flower Market.

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Jaipur Flower Market remains a wholesale market that attracts buyers and sellers from all across the city and also from the villages in the vicinity. This is a market where retail flower sellers pick up their stocks. It doesn’t cater to the end-users and therefore, it is a B2B market.

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The current set-up is not significantly old rather it has developed & shaped over the last few years. In the past, the flower market in Jaipur was at Badi Chaupar near Hawa Mahal. Here is a picture from the Flower Market at Badi Chaupar in Jaipur.

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Owing to a couple of changes especially the Metro project, the market shifted to the Kanwar Nagar not far from Hawa Mahal. The previous site could only accommodate just a few sellers. With the shift in location, the current site offered space to many more sellers. The population of Jaipur has grown tremendously and consequently, the flower business in the city has boomed. The market has engaged many new sellers causing a shortage of space.

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Among the flowers sold here, marigold and local rose variants are traded in large numbers. Both these are grown in nearby areas like Jamwa RamgarhChomuKanota, Naila, etc.

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Imported flower variants like English rose, daisies, carnations, and orchids are also sold in this market. These flowers are cultivated in places like Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh & routed via Delhi. 

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Even though lotus grows in many parts of Rajasthan, especially near Udaipur, the ones sold here are from Uttar Pradesh.

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It is not merely flowers that are being traded here, even leaves find its way in this bazaar as it is used in decoration.

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 Ashok leaves are used extensively along with marigold flowers. Both are used for all auspicious occasions like inauguration and wedding decorations. Here is a picture of decoration on the occasion of the Holi festival from Govind Dev Ji temple.  

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Increasingly, the momentum to celebrate the Holi festival with flowers instead of colors & Gulal is gaining momentum. For centuries, the Jaipur court followed this tradition. The Tesu flowers were used during Holi celebrations.

Marigold garlands are the most common flower used for garland, while the local rose is used for offerings to the deities in Hindu temples.

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 In comparison to the English rose, the Indian rose is most sought after for its fragrant smell. It is additionally used in Gulkand, an essential ingredient of Paan. Indian rose is grown extensively in Pushkar. Over the last few years, there is a decline in rose cultivation in Pushkar because the land has become expensive; the cultivable fields are being replaced by resorts for the tourists.

The market comes alive during the early morning hours with farmers bringing their flower produce with them. Here is a picture that shows one of the many ways for transporting flowers to Jaipur from villages in the vicinity. 

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One can also witness flower vendors making garland in this market. Garland is one of the most sought after items in the retail flower market here in Jaipur.

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decided to cut short my visit because the market was extremely crowded and people were not adhering to the rule of wearing masks. Only a few people were wearing face masks which explains why coronavirus cases in Jaipur seem to be going up every day. There are a significant number of sellers from the rural areas where people don’t wear masks at all. Do read my street photography post which captures people wearing & not wearing face masks in Jaipur. 

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My visit was limiting because I clicked from a “safe distance” and forfeited some opportunities. I’m certain there will be many more opportunities in the future.

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There is lot to discover here in this market, people haggling, trying to garner the attention of customers, in short, making a living. 

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And some flower sellers merely like to chill because they believe in the law of attraction; talk about the real example of someone trusting the message of the book “The Secret” by Ronda Byrne.

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Probably, not everyone goes back home happy.

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Jaipur Flower Market remains an excellent place to experience the authentic culture of the region and observe the people in action, especially for travelers from overseas. This morning market in Jaipur is different from the markets elsewhere in Europe and North America. Have you ever been to a flower market elsewhere in India or in your city? 

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45 thoughts on “A Visit To Jaipur Flower Market Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

  1. Seeing flowers in bags and baskets tells me that the concept of a flower market is different in India. Here in Canada, we buy flowers to put in a vase and therefore they usually come with long stems, whereas in your post the stems are often missing. Thank you, Arv! This is a very interesting post.

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    1. You are right. A lot of these flowers are used in making garlands. Some end up being used as an offering in the temple. Very few people use them for decoration. Also the flowers here are usually stronger in fragrance. So yeah you are right about the observation. Also the way these are sold is definitely different.

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  2. Such a colorful post, Arv. Immediately I noticed that not many sellers and buyer are wearing a mask. There are some images they look like Lotus flower buds, are they Lotus flowers? I assume that most of the flowers are being bought as donation when entering a temple or for people’s home altar. Thank you for this wonderful post.

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    1. You are right with your observations, Cornelia. It’s unfortunate that people are taking it lightly which explains the rising cases. It’s true even for literate people. Yes those are lotus buds. Most flowers people buy are used as offerings to the deity and God in the temples and home. Otherwise, social ceremonies like wedding are also places where a large amount of flowers are used. But in the current situation it’s not the case. I can recall your post from India with marigold flowers.

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  3. I love flowers and your flower market post makes me smile. You have done a good job in show casing it, even though you clicked from a distance and missed some good frames πŸ˜€

    I have been to the phool mandi out here once to be precise as I avoid too crowded a place. We do a lot of flower shopping for Deepawali but that’s taken care by hubs … I enjoy the decor bit 🌺🌹🌺🌹🌺 Though I have always wanted to photograph the whole ambience. Maybe someday ✨

    It’s sad people have become so relaxed and safety has gone down the drain. So much so for sensible community living or self care.

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    1. I’m glad this post made you happy, Monika. This is one of the first instance of stepping out in a market in current situation. I don’t think I’ll be visiting market in the coming times considering how situation is. I’m not surprised why the numbers are swelling in our country. Safety is never taken seriously.

      I’m not surprised by your love of flowers. I’m sure you will find a way to capture the beauty of flowers, someday. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Do you fancy any specific flower?

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  4. Never been to any wholesale flower market but I am sure any other wholesale market has the same flow of vibrancy. In Bangalore, during festivals a small corner of the market becomes like wholesale market of flowers. Here people buy flowers each day without fail. Using gajra by women is considered as compulsory as sindoor.

    The best part of your whole post is the expressions you captured of that man sitting in gray shirt!!

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    1. You are right. The buzz in markets across the country is same. I have seen many shop selling flowers in Bangalore. You are right about the importance of flower in the lives of women in S. India. The jasmine flower strings are very important and it is hard to spot women not wearing one especially in the hinterlands. I’m glad you liked the picture, Deeksha. πŸ™‚

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  5. Another beautifully colourful post, Arv. I agree with a comment above which mentions the cut-off stems. Here in the UK, flowers are mostly bought to be put in vases, so long stems are needed. But I love they way the flowers are made into so many different decorations in India, like the one for the Holi Festival, as well as the many different garlands. It’s a pity about the shortage and expense of land for flower growing. Flowers are such an important part of life, especially in India. I noticed people in your photos with face masks not covering their noses. That’s a must if this virus is ever going to be contained. I’ve seen people wearing them like that here, too. Keep safe and well, Arv.

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    1. It’s a big cultural difference. Putting flowers into vase is not at all common. Although with increasing global influence people have started gifting bouquets in line with the rest of the world. But even then it’s still local customs that rules here. I agree people are not taking this pandemic seriously. Did you check out the other post specifically on mask habits?

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