Photos: Bengaluru’s K.R market runs on flower power

Bengaluru's KR flower market is one of the oldest and the largest flower market in India. As the festive season picks up with Ganesh Chaturthi, demand and supply for flowers across India rises with people swarming markets and traders anticipating greater returns for their harvests.

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As the festive season picks up with Ganesh Chaturthi, demand and supply for flowers across India rises with people swarming markets and traders anticipating greater returns for their harvests. The K.R market flower market in Bangalore with its vibrant petals, overwhelming the air with the aroma of roses, gerbera, carnations, lilies and anthuriums is a sight to behold. The flower market also vies for the title of being the largest of its kind in Asia. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

As the festive season picks up with Ganesh Chaturthi, demand and supply for flowers across India rises with people swarming markets and traders anticipating greater returns for their harvests. The K.R market flower market in Bangalore with its vibrant petals, overwhelming the air with the aroma of roses, gerbera, carnations, lilies and anthuriums is a sight to behold. The flower market also vies for the title of being the largest of its kind in Asia. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The Krishna Rajendra Market, one of the oldest in the city was established in 1928. Located on the Mysore Road, it was the first locality in all of Asia with access to electricity. The site of the market is in addition believed to the battlefield of the Anglo-Mysore wars of the 18th century. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

The Krishna Rajendra Market, one of the oldest in the city was established in 1928. Located on the Mysore Road, it was the first locality in all of Asia with access to electricity. The site of the market is in addition believed to the battlefield of the Anglo-Mysore wars of the 18th century. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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K R Market is named after Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, then king of the princely state of Mysore. During his reign in 1902, he initiated the Hydro Electric Project at Shivanasamudra falls, the first hydroelectric power station in India. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

K R Market is named after Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, then king of the princely state of Mysore. During his reign in 1902, he initiated the Hydro Electric Project at Shivanasamudra falls, the first hydroelectric power station in India. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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Every day farmers and traders throng to the market, a journey that is often arduous with farmers having to travel late night with their harvest to reach for their stalls in time. The markets open at 2 a.m and business wraps up before noon. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Every day farmers and traders throng to the market, a journey that is often arduous with farmers having to travel late night with their harvest to reach for their stalls in time. The markets open at 2 a.m and business wraps up before noon. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The flower market is divided into two sections. In one part, the traders sell loose flowers such as Marigold, local open roses and garlands for religious purposes. The other section sells more premium quality exotic flowers such as Dutch roses, carnations, oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, orchids and anthuriums among others. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

The flower market is divided into two sections. In one part, the traders sell loose flowers such as Marigold, local open roses and garlands for religious purposes. The other section sells more premium quality exotic flowers such as Dutch roses, carnations, oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, orchids and anthuriums among others. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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In the past, involvement of the mafia had exposed the vulnerability in power structures with small roadside vendors and businessmen struggling to make ends meet. A member of the K.R. Market Merchants Association quoted by the Hindu last year said, ‘anyone who earns a living in market needs to share a portion of his earnings with the area goon in return for protection.’ (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

In the past, involvement of the mafia had exposed the vulnerability in power structures with small roadside vendors and businessmen struggling to make ends meet. A member of the K.R. Market Merchants Association quoted by the Hindu last year said, ‘anyone who earns a living in market needs to share a portion of his earnings with the area goon in return for protection.’ (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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Farmers from different parts of Karnataka as well as from neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh turn up at the market every day. The pricing and availability of the goods varies with changing seasons and demand in the market. During the festive season, prices can increase as much as threefold in when compared to slower periods. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Farmers from different parts of Karnataka as well as from neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh turn up at the market every day. The pricing and availability of the goods varies with changing seasons and demand in the market. During the festive season, prices can increase as much as threefold in when compared to slower periods. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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While official figures are tough to calculate, some vendors estimate that the market sees a trade of around 20 tonnes of flowers daily. As one of the biggest flower market in Asia, daily turnover is estimated to be nearly a crore. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

While official figures are tough to calculate, some vendors estimate that the market sees a trade of around 20 tonnes of flowers daily. As one of the biggest flower market in Asia, daily turnover is estimated to be nearly a crore. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2017 03:34 PM IST
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