Roses and Jasmine

Thursday 15 August is Independence Day in India.  I am back in the UK for a holiday, so I can’t show you anything of the celebrations in Bangalore or of the Lalbagh Flower Show.  Instead, here is a much more low-key post, of some flowers which I photographed in Varthur a couple of weeks ago.

I often see loose flowers for sale, in shops like this, or from roadside vendors, to be made into garlands for women’s hair, or for religious offerings.  One stall in Varthur was selling roses and jasmine.

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Jasmine

They were also selling ready-made garlands.  I don’t think the ones with shiny paper are designed for temple offerings:  I think they are more likely to be used to welcome people.  Do my Indian readers agree?  Who would wear these garlands?

garlands

Happy Independence Day!  And if you still want to see the Indian flag, look at this post from last year.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Can’t got wrong with flowers 😉

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  2. Lovely pics!

    I agree – I don’t think the garlands with shiny paper are used in temples. Haven’t seen any being used like that. More likely, they are used to welcome people.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Great comment – thank you.

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  3. Bindu says:

    Garlands with shiny papers used mostly for Chief Guests in functions, and even used for saluting the departed soul.

    But nevertheless while Ganesh Pooja, people do buy garlands available to decorate their lord, and Lord Ganesha will accept it with whole heart 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Interesting comment about the garlands. Thank you.

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