Colors of Mehendi (Heena)
Mehendi does not have any caste or religion. It’s a symbol
of beauty & “Suhaag”. No Indian wedding is complete without
decorating the bride’s hands with the lovely red hue of mehendi.
It is called with different names in different languages. In
Urdu, “Heena”, in Sanskrit,”Ranzak”, in Kannad, “Guranti”, in
Tamil,”Maruthani”. Mehendi is not only A fashion – it’s a
tradition; it’s a necessity that enhances bride’s beauty.
Why Mehendi gives the red color?
Mehendi leaves contain a chemical
known as “lason” that belongs to “Mepthokinon” class of
chemicals. Our hands consist of network of protein threads which
has a special Amino acid. The reaction of Lason & Amino acid
produces lovely red hue.
Mehendi is applied on both the
front and back of the hands right up to the elbow. And on both
the feet and legs upto the half of the legs. Mehendi night is
one of the special function of the wedding. In-laws bring
shagun’s mehendi. Family, friends and relatives sing traditional
mehendi songs. In some parts of India the mehendi ceremony is so
secred that only mother in law is supposed to apply the first
dot of mehendi on bride’s hand, this dot is considered to be the
blessings and love of mother in law. One of the common belief is
that the deeper the color of mehendi will be-the deeper the love
you receive from in-laws particularly the mother in law. Bride’s
are treated “Nai Naveli” .They are not supposed to do any house
hold work till they have the dark mehendi color on their hands.
A good design is sign of good luck
for the martial couple. The most popular symbols of Good shagun
in mehendi design’s are Peacock, Lotus, an elephant with the
raised trunk, Shehnai, kalash with mango leaves around it.
Punam started applying mehendi on
her self at the age of eight. With the passage of time Her hobby
developed into her profession.
Tips for the Bride to be-
- Clean your
hands before applying mehendi
- Avoid any
Mehendi oil on the hands
Mehendi for minimum of 4 to 6 hours
- After you
scrap of mehendi avoid use of water on hands for the first 24