Mysuru: On the eve of Ayudha puja on Wednesday, people of Mysuru thronged various markets in the city to shop for the festival.
Devaraja Urs Market, Dhanwantri road, Sayyajirao road, M G Road, Agrahara and various other circles where the vendors have set up make-shift markets were brimming with customers.
Though there was a steep hike in prices of flowers, fruits and puja items due to rainfall from the last one week, it didn’t deter the people. The main reason being the ease in Covid situation.
Jasmine is sold at Rs 1,000 per kg , Chrysanthemum between Rs 60 and Rs 80 per kg, Rose Rs 320 per kg, crossandra flower at Rs 800 and Champa flower at Rs 400 at markets in the city.
The ashgourd is sold from Rs 40 to Rs 150. To avoid losses due to Covid-19 situation and rain many farmers who had brought ash gourds were happy to sell them at whatever price they wanted to.
Even the prices of fruits have turned dearer as Pomegranate is sold at Rs 160 per kg, followed by Banana in the range of Rs 60 to Rs 70 per kg, but vegetable prices remain stagnant.
“After all we are celebrating the festival, as in the last year we weren’t able to celebrate on this scale. But this time we have the opportunity to celebrate and hence the price won’t matter. The money is not a matter and we are happy to celebrate Dasara” said Nithin.
“Last Sunday we came to Mysuru from Kollegal to sell flowers. We have invested more than Rs 30,000 on flowers, but we can’t expect any returns,” rued Rajeshwari a footpath vendor.