Beauty in Bloom: A walk through the Madurai Flower Market
December 30, 2013 • Photography & Travel
One of the most aesthetically beautiful parts of our meditation retreat to South India is our visit to the local flower market in Madurai. It is one of the biggest markets in all of India and provides exports of many different species of flora. Though it is an effort of the local Madurai community, the market itself has won international recognition for the quality and abundance of plants it provides.
Perhaps the most popular of all of the flowers in the market is the Jasmine flower, known as the Madurai malli. Jasmine is well-known for its unique and delightful scent. The oil that is extracted from the flower is said to help with depression and anxiety, and is also claimed to be an antiseptic and an aphrodisiac. The Jasmine flower is delicate and small, and is sometimes adorns ceremonial headpieces for occasions such as weddings.
The Madurai malli is sought after by various big names in the fashion industry for its fragrance. For example, Dior designers make sure to visit the market each year to gain inspiration for their designs and signature perfumes.
Besides the Jasmine flower, the rose is also extremely popular in the market. The market is said to store and sell as many as 10 tons of flowers every day — an unimaginable amount of color and beauty. It is worth it to see and smell for yourself, and it is one of the stops on our 2014 South India Spiritual Adventure this March.
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