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Updated: August 12, 2011 10:32 IST

Preparing for Varamahalakshmi

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On the eve of the Varamahalakshmi festival, prices of flowers reached dizzying heights in the city on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy.
The Hindu On the eve of the Varamahalakshmi festival, prices of flowers reached dizzying heights in the city on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy.

Homes and markets across the city are humming with activity in the run-up to one of the biggest pujas of the Shravana month, Varamahalakshmi Vrata, on Friday.

Early Friday morning, women start the vrata by installing the eponymous deity symbolically through a kalasha, which is usually decorated with gold jewellery.

Sheela Mahesh, a resident of Vinayaka Layout near Kengeri, said before the puja, women and girls in the house wear a yellow thread on their wrists, called kankana.

Even as the women were busy preparing for the festival, prices of flowers reached sky-high on Thursday. Chrysanthemum, crossandra and jasmine were being sold at prices ranging from Rs. 120 to Rs. 150 per length (maaru). A pair of banana stems was between Rs. 50 and Rs. 75 in busy markets like Gandhi Bazaar and Malleswaram.

However, prices of vegetables and fruits did not vary much.

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