Berhampur,Feb 20 (Localwire): The demand for ketaki flower saw a shoot up on the eve of Maha Shivaratri in the Silk City.
The throne flower (screw pine) is the most sought after flower by the devotees to offer to the deity on the occasion.
A piece of ketaki is hovering from Rs 350 to 500 depending of its quality because of high demand.
According to the Hindu epics, the Mahasivaratri is the only day on which ketaki flower is offered to Lord Shiva. Devotees believe that their wishes would be fulfilled with the offering of this flower to the deity on the day.
“I have been offering ketaki to Lord Shiva on every Mahashiva ratri for last some years”, said Nirupama Sahu of Gandhi Nagar.
Though kewrda is available in the coastal area of Ganjam district, availability of ketaki is very rare.
We are collecting this flower after extensive search” said B.Kamaraju, a seasonal trader of Kanishi. It took around a week to collect around 50 pieces of flower from his area.
The ketaki along with the kewrda generally bloom during this time.
The flower grows in the coastal areas of Ganjam district in Odisha.