“It is said that the husband’s name in the intricate henna motifs is made for the bridegroom who has to find out his name in his bride’s mehendi as an evidence of his sharp eyes and active brain to impress his girl.”
“It is believed that the darker and deeper the henna stains the more the husband and the in-laws will love her bride.”
Mehendi or henna application is one amongst the most important pre-wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom applies it as a token on his hands; the bride applies it on her hands and feet.
Mehendi signifies the strength of love in a marriage. It is believed that the darker the colour of the mehendi, the stronger will be the love and bond between the bride and her bridegroom.The first design of Mehendi is supposed to be applied by the bride’s mother- in-law in the centre of her palm.
Henna medically is antiseptic, astringent, analgesic, antipyretic, cooling agent and anthelmintic.
It beautifies the parts of bride’s body. It epitomizes the bride changing from a virgin girl to a temptress for her husband. The exotic fragrance of the Mehendi paste and oil add to the ambience. In Indian Mythology, Parvati would decorate herself with mehendi in order to please Shiva.
Shringar is a Hindi word that means ‘beauty of a woman’s creativity’ and mehendi is one of the ways in which an Indian woman expresses this power of beauty beneath the surface.
The ‘Solah Shringar’ lists mehendi amongst the 16 adornments of a woman and the Kama Sutra describes mehendi tattooing as one of the 64 arts of women.
Mehendi celebrations can be performed additive to Ladies Sangeet. As women sing traditional songs and tease the bride with mischievous lyrics targeting her in-laws and husband, the mehendi artist does her job.