The Most Exotic Marigold. . . . . .


Giant flat bowls of marigolds greet you at the entrance to the House of MG, Ahmedabad’s Urban Heritage Hotel, found in the chaotic heart of the old city.  After all, these perky golden blossoms mean good luck and happiness. Because of that, they are used as offerings to the gods, rituals, weddings, and funerals. When we arrived in Varanasi, our hotel gave each a garland. We wore the marigolds for the day and then on our early morning visit to the ghats, we gave  them to  the Ganges along with the candles, as we watched the sunrise from the tranquil boat.garland

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These goats with their veracious appetites are feasting on the tasty flowers. Little do they know that there is medicinal value  for headaches, toothaches, and strengthening the heart.  But they must know that the petals maybe eaten raw in salads or as salads!

Hours before sunrise in Ahmedabad, you can visit Phool Bazaar, the local Flower Market.  The hours are 0300-0900.  We went about 7 AM and there will still beautiful flowers. It is located on the eastern end of Sardar Bridge. The blossoms are mostly native flowers, marigolds, roses, Arabian Jasmine, wild basil and lotus blossoms.   45,000 Kg or 94,000 pounds of flowers are sold daily.  There are lots of temples in Ahmedabad needing offerings.  Retail vendors sit outside the market and string fresh flowers into garlandsb7226d98-0500-40e7-b78a-6bb853c9edb1HiRes for the early shoppers.


These are the lotus blossoms, the national flower of India.


Here are fragrant roses so valued by everyone.

But the marigolds, I never appreciated before seeing them in India.  I thought of them as just bug repellents in the garden.  Now they  will always remind me of the golden sun of India!

A vendor sells garlands of marigold flowers at a wholesale flower market ahead of "Janamashtmi", in Kolkata

Nameste. . . . . .T I I

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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26 Responses to The Most Exotic Marigold. . . . . .

  1. Page Shields says:

    Thanks for explaining what those long garlands are…..they are magnificent!


  2. Amresh Kumar says:

    wow !! truly you have describe and national flower looks very good. your work really wonderful and i think you know India very well . Namaste !! 🙂


    • annetbell says:

      Amresh, thank you for reading and liking my post on The Most Exotic Marigold. . . . I was fortunate to be in India for 4 whole months, and we traveled a lot both in the north and the south. I am touched that you feel I have captured the spirit of your wonderful country!. . . . .Namaste. . . .Anne


  3. Beautiful photos!! Love the strings of marigolds!!


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  5. charanyaram says:

    Awesome photos 🙂


  6. cindy knoke says:

    So beautiful! Kudos~


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    if you get a chance try watching ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ you would love it


  8. maverickbird says:

    Beautiful photos them.Flowers are an important part of life and spirituality here.


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