Berhampur, October 7 (LocalWire): The florists have made a brisk business during the ongoing Navaratri festival, with the flower trading reaching its peak during the season in Berhampur.
The Durga puja committees ordered the florists to decorate the deities and pandals, while the shop owners and individual persons also ordered for different flowers on occasion of Dusshera.
“Flower is an integral part of Durga puja, with some varieties of flowers being essential for the rituals,” a local priest Bhaskar Mishra said.
The flowers like Marigold, Water Lily, Jasmine, China-rose and Amaranth are essential for the rituals during puja, he added.
According to rituals, married Hindu women offer at least ten different varieties of flowers to the goddess on Dussehra.
While several florists are busy meeting the supply orders of garlands as well as other flowers for the puja pandals, others are bust with the supply to the temples.
“We are supplying flowers worth Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 every day to a particular puja pandal,” said a florist.
These include the garland for the deity and to decorate the pandals.
“The cost of a garland for the deity varies from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000,” a member of the puja committee at Bijipur Ch Kailash said.
Similarly, Kamapalli Durga Puja Committee president Ram Kumar Patra said that they purchase flowers around Rs 1,500 every day since the beginning of the Navaratri.
“We have ordered flowers of different varieties worth Rs 10,000 to decorate the vehicles and workshops on the day of Dusshera,” a contractor Niranjan Mohanty stated.
“Since most of these flowers are not available locally, we export these from Rajmahendri and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata and some other places in Karnataka,” Ganjam District Flower Growers ‘Association general secretary A Sridhar Verma said.
The demand for flowers has increased many folds this time and the price of a single china-rose that costs around fifty paise during regular days has shot up by over five times to Rs 2.50, while the marigold garland has jumped from Rs 20 to Rs 35.
On an average 400 quintals of all varieties of flowers are sold daily during this period in Berhampur, Verma stated.