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Interesting #Mehndi facts

Craftsvilla Team | 25 Jan 16

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 seven Karva Chauths to get her husband back, when she unknowingly broke her fast before the appropriate time. Other legends relate to the Mahabratha where Draupadi would hold a fast after marriage for the well-being of the Pandavas while some relate to Savitri who fasted to get her husband back from the clutches of 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 ‘sargi’. The ‘sargi’ consists of mehndi, sindoor (vermillion), bindi, red ribbon, coconut, saviya, sweets, almonds, etc. Mehndi forms a very important part of the rituals of Karva Chauth. It is considered auspicious for married women to apply mehndi to their hands and feet on this occasion.

Karva Chauth mehndi designs for a newlywed bride for her first Karva Chauth and 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 the channi (sieve), kalash (brass pot) and flowers. Sometimes, the designs also consist of the image of a woman looking at the moon through her channi.  Mehndi thus completes the rituals of this festival.

About the artist: 

Rashmi Valand is a mehndi artist who specializes in bridal mehndi, she is known for her creativity and intricate designs.

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