17 November 2011
Last updated at 02:20
Flowers are big business in India. During festival season millions of flowers are bought and sold. Crate loads of flowers arrive to this wholesale flower shop in Mumbai every morning from local flower producers.
Street vendors buy fresh flowers to make garlands from wholesale stores like this.
They buy large quantities, weighing them by the kilogramme, before fashioning them into garlands and selling them on the street.
Prakash sells orange marigolds wholesale. This type of flower is popular for garlands in India. The garlands are used at religious festivals and weddings and are also hung on people as a form of welcome.
The cut flowers are carefully threaded on to cotton by hand to form a garland. It is common to see people making these flower chains sitting on the side of the road.
Garlands are on sale at this market and across the city, and cost around 100 rupees (US$2) each.
Jasmine flower garlands are worn in the hair and give off a very distinctive sweet smell. They are especially popular among women from south India.
Mumbai's flower market is situated under a busy fly-over in the Dadar area, right in the city centre, and is known as Phool gully (Flower area).
Rohit sells a range of flowers, including lotuses, which are the national flower of India. The lotus, which grows in water, is said to symbolise spirituality, fruitfulness, wealth, knowledge and illumination
Srinivas sells jasmine garlands in Mumbai's Matunga district, another central area of the city with a famous flower market. Jasmine flowers feature in many Indian festival celebrations.
The winter months after the monsoons are the busiest for vendors, with Indian festivals also helping keep trade healthy.
Vadivel has been selling flowers since he was 10 years old. He is now 26 and travels to Dadar flower market from his home in the Dharavi slum every day.
These decorative malas (garlands) are made for temples and weddings.
Garlands are placed on Hindu deities such as the monkey god Hanuman during acts of worship. The Hindi term for the offerings, puja, literally means "the flower act". (All pics: Rajini Vaidyanathan)