Wherever there are Hindu temples in Chennai, you also find fantastic flower stalls. Behind the stalls, men and women thread garlands which they sell to devotees. The really elaborate garlands are expensive - but if you want to buy simply a handful of rosebuds, as I did, that's just 10 rupees (about 10 pence).
The stalls always add life and colour to the streets around the temple, and the stall holders are usually very happy to be photographed - on this visit no one said 'no' (and I always ask before clicking).
These stalls are outside the Balasubramanya Swamy temple, which is on Eldams Road - near where I stay - and is decidated to Lord Murugan. It's said to be almost 500 years old and its design is typical of many temples in Tamil Nadu.
The flower stall holders are both men and women, young and old - I suspect that the stalls close to the main entrance to the temple, which have the grandest garlands, attract a premium rent.
Some of the stall holders were dextrously threading garlands between customers and happy to show how it's done -
Other stalls sell coconuts and other items which can be used as 'prasad', a ritual food offering to the gods. But it's the flower sellers which add such exuberance to Chennai's streets.
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