Mehndi or Mehandi
Mehndi or Mehandi [ originated from the Sanskrit word Mendhika] or Marudhaani as it is known popularly in the South of India refers to the traditional art of hand – painting using a paste of Henna. This practice dates as far back as the vedic period. This art specific to and part of the rich Indian tradition involves making of a paste from Henna leaves and applying it using plastic cones to form intricate patterns and designs.
On a deeper note jus think about it – application of ‘ mehndi or marudhaani ‘ served more than one purpose. It not only brought down body heat but also served as a way to beautify hands and feet. While we spend pots of money on fancy creams / spa treatments and nail colors our ancestors were ingenious enough to find herbal dyes that served multi – purpose !
The application of Mehndi or Mehandi is an essential part of any wedding or auspicious function and is conducted with great fanfare today. Great skill and dexterity is required and it is a huge business opportunity for women with an artistic bent of mind. Even Bride grooms have got into the practice of getting Mehndi done on their hands – though not so elaborately – before their weddings.
There is a lot of fun attached to the Mehndi or Mehandi functions these days. There is a lot of dance and music that sets the tone to the oncoming wedding. The bride has the groom’s name randomly written in between the design on her hand and the groom is teased endlessly if he is unable to find the hidden letters on her hand.