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Old City Market, Bangalore

in India
on: 12 November 2012

The market was pulsating with buyers and sellers alike in the morning rush of Bangalore City; one of the IT hubs in India. The old Krishna Rajendra Market building, which was built in 1921, could not contain the growth of sellers inside after almost a century. The other sellers, like this one, spilled outside the building into the adjacent roads where peddlers sat on mats placed on the floor, selling their produce.

Bangalore's City Market is located at the junction of Mysore Road and Avenue Road. One of the city's busy bus stations is situated nearby, nestled underneath the highway flyover at the junction.

Inside the Bangalore City Market, there was a section of stalls selling religious products and supplies. Usually, one will find tall conical mounds of multi-coloured powder carefully compressed on large metal base plates for display. The powder is used by devotees in Hindu religious ceremonies.

History has it that the Krishna Rajendra Market used to be a battlefield in 1791 during the Third Anglo-Mysore war. It was a buffer zone then that was later turned into a small market place. Eventually in 1921, the market building was built and named after Krishna Rajendra Maharaja of Mysore.

For more reading on history, refer here

We had reached Bangalore from Hospet by train early in the morning. The plan was to pay a visit to Bangalore's City Market located at the junction of Mysore Road and Avenue Road. Curiously, right under the highway flyover at the junction is one of the city's busy bus stations.

The Krishna Rajendra Market was a throbbing hub that spilled out into the surrounding streets. Traders were split according to the products they were selling. The flowers section was placed inside the building. This image was taken from one of the flower stalls facing one of the entrances.

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