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Devaraja Market, Mysore

For every person visiting the city, Devaraja Market is a perfect place to get an insight and a flavor of the local people’s daily life. Many heritage walks in Mysore include this market as it is a traditional Indian market full of colorful and vibrant ambiance.

This market dates back to the reign of Tipu Sultan in the 18th century and was constructed in 1886. Initially, it took the form of a small weekly market where fresh vegetables and fruits were the most traded items. Oriented along the Sayyaji Rao Road, the market was designed with individual sections for different types of products, and shops are arranged along three aisles that run through the length of the market.

The market focuses on everyday materials in Mysore and contains more than 800 shops. As you enter, the first few rows on the northern side are filled with colorful fruit stalls. The vegetables dominate the southern section of the market and the middle section has people selling local flowers, incense sticks, etc. The market overall is filled with various shops selling traditional household tools, jewelry, different colored Kumkum, betel wine, etc.

The market is also a good place to shop for bangles and bindis. There is also a section for household items like shiny pots and pans, a huge range of products for pujas and prayers. Of course, no market in India would be complete without spices, curry leaves, and chilies and so the Devaraja market also has heaps of Kashmiri chilies, green chilies, ginger, gourds, beans, etc. It is a delight to walk around the flower section with the mixed aroma-filled air.  

In Mysore, a visit to the Devaraja Market is a must on every tourist’s itinerary. It is also a great place for photography.

Location: Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysore
Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Image-Avinash Bhat/Flickr

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