One early morning a few days ago I set out camera in tow to check out Poorna Market, located in the old one town area of Visakhapatnam. It was the day before the new year festival of Ugadi also known as Gudi Padava in other parts of India. Poorna Market is an old fruit and vegetable whole sale market which is a crazy place like any other old Indian market. I have been meaning to explore the market for a long time and I must say that the experience did not disappoint me. Here are some of the sights that greeted me…
Ugadi means the beginning of a new ear and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu Calendar. Chaitra is the first month in the Panchang or the Hindu calendar. The thing I love about the Ugadi festival in Andhra is the tradition they have of making and feeding everyone a special delicacy called the Ugadi Pachadi. It is said to have the flavours of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy that represent the various flavours of life. In eating a bit of the Pachadi the devout are acknowledging the different aspects of life and how they are all a part of human experience. I shall dig out the recipe and share it on my next post.
The lovely and delicate Neem tree flowers.
The Poorna Market is a maze of marrow lanes meandering in no particular direction, divided rather haphazardly into fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, cane, pottery and condiment areas.
These are just a few images of Poorna Market…I will post more by and by…hope you enjoyed these.