When visiting the Kapaleeshwara Temple in the Mylapore Shopping Market in Chennai, make sure you certainly stop by at Giri Trading. You could be interested to buy an aarti plate ( Aarti is performed after setting fire to camphor usually as the last step of puja) a brass lamp or a brass idol.
Giri trading is a shop that specialises in puja items and brass items.
Situated right outside the Kapalishwara temple precincts, the location of Giri Trading shop is unbeatable.
This is a hugely popular Chennai shop for products that are used in everyday household worship. This is a four storied building with a vast collection of items that will astonish even the most ardent devotees. Brass lamps in a variety of shapes and sizes are displayed very prominently. Lighting oil lamps is a widely prevalent practice in South India. Incense sticks, agarbathis, kumkum, sandal powder, mehendi (hand coloring), paper garlands, Kolam (floor design) stickers and all that you can ever think of are available here .
The first floor has idols of Indian deities ,gifts and decorative items in brass.
The prices range from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 per piece. Hanging lamps, standing lamps in very artistic shapes, bells and conches are very cultural and also appealing. They have a whole floor dedicated to religious texts and mythology books and comics for children. The fourth floor is dedicated to music cassettes. Recordings of the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures), and traditional and devotional songs in Tamil and other Indian languages can be found here.
This is a one stop shop for shopping in Chennai for religious products.