Thrissur: With Vishu round the corner, Keralites are busy with preparations to celebrate the festival. The market is all set with essential items for the grand celebrations. This time, Kanikonna flowers (Cassia fistula or Indian Laburnum) made in cloth will surprise the people at the market. Like previous years, idols of Lord Krishna decorated the shops. Most of the shops in all streets in the state allure the customers with products to arrange for ‘Vishu Kani’.
In Thrissur, beautiful Kanikonna flowers made in cloth material are the major attraction at the shops in High Road. The yellow colour of the flowers allure everyone towards the shops. As the high temperature affects the growth of Kanikonna flowers, people prefer to purchase the artificial flowers.
“The Kanikonna in cloth material has great demand from the public. The heat and climate change affected growth of Kanikonna and the flower became rare in most of the places. So artificial flowers have easily entered the market. People are purchasing it to décor homes and offices this Vishu season,” said a shopkeeper at Thrissur.
When the cloth Kanikonna entered the market, its ancestor plastic Kanikonna just vanished from the market.
“Plastic Kanikonna became out of fashion. Earlier, the flower and leaves of Kanikonna was available in plastic. But now it turned completely eco-friendly with cloth material,” said a seller here.
Cloth Kanikonna costs Rs 50 per branch.
This time some cute idols of Lord Krishna are available in the market. This special idol features little Krishna sitting in a vessel called Uruli eating butter. Peacock feather placed behind the idol makes it more beautiful. It costs from Rs 90 to Rs 170.
At the same time, idols made of fibre and paper pulp are commonly found in the market. As fibre idols would not fade in future, these idols have great demand. Such Krishna idols are taken to Kerala from Tamil Nadu.
Fibre idols featuring little Krishna carrying butter in hand costs Rs 1350. Big fibre idols of 1.5 ft costs Rs 600 and 1 ft idol costs Rs 450.
Paper pulp idols are also available in 1 ft and 1.5 ft variants for Rs 150 and Rs 240 respectively.
Large number of migrant vendors are spotted selling ‘Vishu Kani’ items at Thrissur Sakthan stand. Most of them are selling Krishna idol made of Plaster of Paris. The idols cost from Rs 100 to Rs 200.
Copper vessel called Uruli, brown rice, paddy, coconut, Kanivellari (yellow cucumber), Jackfruit, mango, banana, mirror, Krishna idol, Kanikonna flowers, seasame oil, books, coins, gold, and so on are the major things used to arrange ‘Vishu Kani’.
As fruits make a major part of the ‘Vishu Kani’, artificial fruits are available in the market. Earlier, artificial fruits were purchased to décor dining table. But with Vishu, people are purchasing the artificial fruit basket for ‘Vishu Kani’.