Mehndi forms an integral part of festivals in India. It is an important aspect of Solah Shringar. The application of henna on hands and feet during special occasions such as Karva Chauth is as old as the festival itself. Married women celebrate Karva Chauth for the longevity and the good health of their husbands. Women fast for an entire day and eat only after seeing the moon and offering prayers at night.
There are many mythological stories and legends associated with this festival. One says that princess Veeravati had to fast for sevenÂ Karva ChauthsÂ to get her husband back, when she unknowingly broke her fast before the appropriate time. Other legends relate to theÂ MahabrathaÂ whereÂ DraupadiÂ would hold a fast after marriage for the well-being of theÂ PandavasÂ while some relate toÂ SavitriÂ who fasted to get her husband back from the clutches ofÂ Yama.
The rituals for this festival begin a day before the actual festival. The mother-in-law is supposed to present her daughter-in-law with â€˜sargiâ€™. The â€˜sargiâ€™ consists ofÂ mehndi, sindoor (vermillion),Â bindi, red ribbon, coconut,Â saviya, sweets, almonds, etc.Â MehndiÂ forms a very important part of the rituals ofÂ Karva Chauth.Â It is considered auspicious for married women to applyÂ mehndiÂ to their hands and feet on this occasion.
Karva ChauthÂ mehndiÂ designs for a newlywed bride for her firstÂ Karva ChauthÂ andÂ consists of all the things that are related to the festival. The designs are made with the items that are used in puja during this festival. They include theÂ channiÂ (sieve),Â kalashÂ (brass pot)Â and flowers. Sometimes, the designs also consist of the image of a woman looking at the moon through herÂ channi.Â Â MehndiÂ thus completes the rituals of this festival.
About the artist:Â
Rashmi Valand is aÂ mehndiÂ artist who specializes in bridalÂ mehndi, she is known for her creativity and intricate designs.
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