Flower Garlands in India

Wholesale Garland Maker

Wholesale Garland Makers

Flowers take on legendary importance in India, especially the use of garlands. Flower garlands decorate statues of Hindu gods or murti  as part of their rituals and denote respect. Many gods have a flower that is specific to them. Wedding couples wear

 Rose Garland

Rose Garland

garlands during the marriage ceremony and marigolds are part of funeral rituals.  Deceased ancestors’ portraits are often draped with flower garlands and women, too, wear flower garlands in their hair, especially in south India.

Finishing Touch

Finishing Touch

The wholesalers sell the flower garlands to middlemen. They often have stalls in front of Hindu temples where worshipers  purchase them for their personal prayers and pujas and to decorate their altars at home.

Garland Vendor

Garland Vendor

Shopper with Hair Garland

Shopper with Hair Garland

Tempting Garland

Tempting Garland

I love that both men and women share in this fragrant world of chrysanthemums, jasmine, roses and marigolds. As long as flowers are a mainstay of a religious ritual, it follows that there is a profound respect and tenderness for mother nature and humanity’s place within that realm.


About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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2 Responses to Flower Garlands in India

  1. Those flower garlands provides so much colour and inspiration wherever they are used.

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