The markets in Mysore saw frenetic activity in the last couple of days owing to the Gowri-Ganesh festival on Monday.
In anticipation of the high demand and the consequent rise in price, many people had bought the essential puja items in advance. Even flowers and fruits were purchased a few days earlier.
Chrysanthemum was quoted at Rs. 50 a metre on Sayaji Rao Road, Devaraja Market, Dhanavantri Road, Agrahara and other places, while jasmine was also sold at the same rate. Rose was being sold at Rs. 200 a kg and kanakambara was being quoted Rs. 400 a kg. Banana was sold anywhere between Rs. 60 and Rs. 70, depending on the variety.
“The prices of flowers were almost 15 to 20 per cent lower last year,” said Siddaraju, a flower vendor on Dhanavantri Road.
Bulk of the flowers come from the rural hinterland, including K.R. Nagar, H.D. Kote, Nanjangud and Mysore rural, while jasmine is transported from Tamil Nadu.