Mehndi holds a lot of cultural significance in Indian wedding traditions. Weddings being the most important day in one’s life, mehndi has become an ornament for the soon to be brides. The “solar singar” lists mehendhi as one of the 16 adornments of a bride and As per Kama Sutra, henna is one of the sixty four arts of women. The Mehendi or henna design is not only used to beautify the bride but it also epitomizes the brides transformation from a virgin to a temptress for her husband. Mehndi signifies irresistible sensual allure and marital prosperity. Between the intricate mehendhi design of the brides hands , the professional mehendhi artist hides the grooms name. The groom has to find his name in the design before the couple consummate their marriage. Popular designs of the bridal mehendi are conchshell, flowers, Kalash, peacock, doli and baraat patterns.
The love and bond between the bride and groom as well as the love that the bride will receive at her in-laws is determined by the intensity of the colour of the mehendhi stains. The darker and deeper the henna stains the more the husband and the in-laws will love the bride. The ritual of mehendi signifies the strength and power of love in a marriage. It is said that the longer the bride retains the mehendi, the more auspicious would be her future.
Be it weddings or other occasions, mehndi plays an important role in all the ceremonies and festivals of India. In today’s era of modernization, the new styles and designs of mehndi are coming up, adding glamour and fun to it.