Growing up, I saw my mother observing Karva chauth the traditional way. And being the kid, I always was given the duty (now I feel mom just wanted me to stop following her around the house) to scan the sky every now and then and inform her as soon as the moon was up. Ladies of the house would dress up in beautiful sarees and lehengas like they were brides. I would sit and watch with full attention as mom start drawing those black swirly lines on her palm, mehndi. No Indian festival is ever complete without mehndi, starting from most traditional intricate patterns, to fun Arabic and geometric designs and the currently trending multicolored styles. So while you decorate your hands with mehndi, we bring you some fun facts and some useful tips associated with it.
Beliefs and Significance:
According to popular Hindu beliefs, mehndi is said to be a symbol of holy matrimony and love between the couple. It is said that deeper the color of mehndi on brides hand, the more she is loved by her husband and in-laws. Although, the significance of applying mehndi goes beyond sentiments and beliefs. The real reason, sometimes forgotten in present, is of much deeper
Besides enhancing the beauty of a woman, mehndi has therapeutic value. Mehndi is said to have cool undertones. Mehndi is applied to hand and feet because these body parts have most nerve endings and mehndi lifts the tension off the nerves and cools the body, which helps when attending stressful events like weddings, or when fasting like during Karva Chauth. The best thing is that, the deep rich color and the smell together is very powerful aphrodisiac, just what
you need after a tiring day of fasting *wink, wink*.
Tips to enhance the color of your mehndi:
1. Start off by dabbing Eucalyptus (Nilgiri) oil between your palms before applying mehndi.
2. After your mehndi dries up, prepare the mix of sugar and lemon juice and use a cotton ball to apply it on your mehndi from time to time.
3. Next, heat some cloves, about 10-12, on a tawa, and turn the flame on simmer while you keep your palms few inches above to take the steam.
4. Once your mehndi has finally shed (or you have scraped off if you are impatient like me), it’s time to rub some Vicks Vaporub or Mustard Oil between your palms and wear gloves if you are off to sleep.
5. One last thing, keep your hands away from water as long as you can. Remind yourself of the hours of pain you took to apply and dry mehndi, do not let water foil your plans.
Did you know:
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva was a difficult man to please. So, in order to win his favor, his consort, Parvati would often adorn herself with mehndi and charm him. Since then, mehndi has earned its association with sensuality and marital bliss. If gods can’t resist it, how can we?
With just a day left to Karva Chauth, every woman is busy and enjoying festivities. Lots of shopping, fun, makeovers are on the way. After all, who doesn’t want to look their best on Karva Chauth!
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If you have any other tips or fun facts regarding mehndi, don’t forget to comment below.
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Written By: Isha Bharti