Flowers For Prayers

Can you guess why the string of flowers is suspended on the handle of the locked door?

A very common sight; you will see this if you stroll through lanes and by lanes early in the morning. This shop hadn’t opened for the day. The flower seller was here earlier than him. As soon as the shop is opened the first activity done is offering prayers to Gods, this string of flowers is for that purpose. Some kind of understanding between them, the flower seller comes later to collect his money I guess.

Today’s Flowers

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29 Responses

  1. A very interesting post.
    Photo and chain of flowers, very nice.
    I send greetings.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    How interesting! I assume there's an understanding between the flower seller and the shop owners?? Nice way to open your shop with flowers waiting for you!! Lovely capture as always!! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Carver says:

    Lovely flowers and an interesting post.

  4. Hilary says:

    Very interesting, Indrani. I love the bright yellow weathered door and rusty locks and how they contrast with the lovely flowers.

  5. Cloudia says:

    Thank you for this lovely photo, and the even lovelier insight!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > < } } ( ° > <3

  6. bettyl says:

    Interesting idea. It's always good to ask for blessings on a store.

  7. How true.It happens for homes too.Our flower seller leaves the flowers on the grill of the gate.
    Nice pixture as always.

  8. What a great way to start the day!

  9. Carletta says:

    A beautiful sentiment.
    The yellow door made a lovely background! Lovely shot!

  10. Onkar says:

    A thoughtful post

  11. Panchali says:

    It happens here as well. Even in my home…! The door looks attractive, never thought a yellow door could look that good!Cool…

  12. Truly a common sight around the south of India.

    These flower sellers work like newspaper vendors… working on monthly payments 🙂

  13. What a beautiful way to start the day.

  14. Such a custom exist everywhere. Nice picture.

  15. ashok says:

    interesting catch by your lens Ind..

  16. Lui says:

    Yes I see some flower vendors do that here too. When I see kids selling flowers I can't help but buy from them too 😉

  17. George says:

    This sounds like a beautiful custom, and it's wonderful that there is such a bond of trust between the flower seller and the shopkeeper.

  18. richies says:

    I had never heard of this practice before. I like it. The photo is beautiful.
    An Arkies Musings

  19. just a little surprise of softness. I think i would like to put some flowers on my door knob too.

  20. I loved the yellow door!

  21. Arti says:

    That is the beauty of our Indian culture. Loved it!

  22. Meena says:

    such a simple pic but so well captured!

  23. I have seen this often in our village too, but without your insight it was insignificant act. Great picture

  24. Like the newspaper, milk and other daily necessities…!

  25. Jeevan says:

    Wonderful door!

  26. Malini says:

    For some, it is common sight, but for others, it is exquisite!

  27. DeniseinVA says:

    What a lovely way to start the day. Due to a short trip away and trying to catch up now I am home, I am a bit late commenting this week. However, I didn't want to miss out on letting you know how grateful I am that you shared this lovely tradition of flowers on the door with Today's Flowers. Thank you so much!

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