Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. The word mehndi
is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. It is also known as Henna. Mehndi powder
is prepared by the leaves of the plant called Henna, also known as cypress flower.
The application of Henna is a temporary form of skin decoration.
Mehndi plays an important role in different events and celebrations. Mostly, it
is treated as a female art, but now even men's apply mehndi as a form of tattoo.
Mehndi decorations are typically applied during special occasions like Weddings,
Karva Chauth, Diwali, Bhaidooj, Teej, Jain Festival (Paryushan), etc.
The occassion of mehndi is one of the most important pre-wedding rituals. It is fun-filled ritual,
which is celebrated mainly by the Bride's family. The ceremony is mostly held at Bride's place or
in banquet hall, few days before the marriage. On this occasion, Mehndi designer applies mehndi
to the Bride's hands and feet which is further followed by Mehndi party or Mehndi function along with sangeet.
Popular designs of Bridal Mehndi are designer peacocks, brides and grooms face, kalash, doli, dhol, dancing
doll, barat, mermaid, etc. It is believed that the darker and deeper and longer the henna stays, the more auspicious
would be the Bride's future.