Under the imposing Howrah Bridge there is one of the largest flower markets of India. Here every morning tons of flowers of all kinds are cut, processed and sold: from roses, chrysanthemums to orchids. Offering flowers to the gods is one of the main aspects of the Hindu puja (act of worship).
This practice takes place both inside the temples and privately within the domestic walls. Flowers - Phool in Hindi - are of fundamental importance in Indian culture not only as an object of worship but also as a simple ornament