Marghazhi is a month synonymous with spirituality. The legend goes that in this month, Sri Andal strung flowers into garlands to adorn the Lord Sri Ranganatha while singing the Tiruppavai so that she would be able to attain him.
Our thoughts immediately go over to the Srirangam flower market that has been in existence for over a hundred years.
Sathara Street at Srirangam reminds you of a garden and the fragrance of fresh and coloured flowers hits you once you enter this street. You are amidst a wholesale flower market flooded with a variety of flowers which are strung to adorn the deities at the famous Sriranganathasamy temple.
The flower bazaar has been a meeting ground for horticulturists from many villages in Trichy and neighbouring districts and several wholesale and retail flower dealers.
Walking up and down the market one can observe the passion, smiles and pride the vendors exhibit in selling the flowers. They add wonderful stories to the importance of the flowers adorning Sri Ranganatha and Ranganayaki Thayar in the temple. They persuade you to buy these flowers and offer them to the deities and be blessed in turn
Lotus buds and a range of flowers, both locally grown and imported from other cities and states. Lotus has special significance for the god Vishnu. It is said that the Lotus arose from the navel of Lord Vishnu and at its centre sat Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe.
Flowers like Jasmine, Champanki, Chrysanthemum, wild jasmine and Pichi are made available for making garlands to offer to deities. Srirangam garlands are unique for their precision. These garlands are made using banana tree fibre by tying Viruchi (red), Champak (white) and Maruvam or Thulasi or Saamanthi (white) flowers.
Even though the garlands are usually made with these flowers in all places, Srirangam garlands are welcomed for their quality. Flowers come in, are strung into garlands and sold every day.
The cycle goes on for ever drawing devotees far and near