ROLE OF MEHENDI IN INDIAN MARRIAGES
MEHENDI is a paste that is obtained from henna plant, and is made into cones for applying it in hands. It has been a traditional practice in our country and is especially applied to the brides during their marriage ceremony. Not a single marriage, would be complete, without a mehendi function. Usually, only women wear it in their hands and legs. Traditional mehendi designs are the representation of sun in the middle of the palm. While applying mehendi designs during their marriage ceremony, brides enjoy it with charm and enthusiasm. It is a temporary skin decoration which has some medicinal values. People in different parts of India celebrate the mehendi function in different ways, according to their tradition and religion. Mehendi function is celebrated few days before the wedding. Usually, north Indian people, celebrate it in a grand way.
So lets find out why mehendi is applied during weddings and its significance.
1. SIGN OF GOOD LUCK
Applying mehendi is considered as one of the MANGAL thing in Indian culture. It is also considered as the sign of good luck as the bride applies it.
2. ISLAMIC CULTURE
Applying mehendi for wedding is not only followed in Indian culture, but also in Islamic culture. According to history, Prophet Muhammad , dyed his beard using mehendi, and mehendi ceremony is also followed in India and Arabic nations.
3. BOND OF RELATIONSHIPS
It is believed that mehendi signifies the bond between the relationship between the bride and the groom. It also symbolizes the affection between the families of the couple.
4. DEEP LOVE
The darker the color of mehendi in the bride’s hand the deeper the love between the couple. This is one of the believes of applying henna during weddings.
5. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BRIDE AND MOTHER-IN-LAW
The darker color of the mehendi also represents the bond between the bride and mother-in-law. It represents the understanding between their relationships.
According to the rituals, mehendi also symbolizes fertility. It represents the bride will give birth to a healthy child.
7. RETAINING THE COLOR
The longer the color of the mehendi remains, the life of the newly married couple will be much happier. It is also believed to be a sign of starting a good new life.
8. RELIVES FROM STRESS
Applying mehendi during weddings also has some medicinal advantages. It is said to reduce stress, and helps in case of headaches and fever. It protects the bride and groom from fever and stress during the marriage ceremony.
9. FUN WEDDING
Mehendi applying is celebrated as a great function during weddings. It is celebrated as a function filled with joy. It increases the joy in the wedding.
10. HIDE AND SEEK
Mehendi is also used to play hide and seek. Usually the bride’s name or initial is hidden and drawn on groom’s hand. The bride need to find it and it is celebrated as a fun game during weddings.
11. AWAY FROM EVIL
The more the mehendi applied, the more the evil will get away from the wedding couple. It is considered as the sign of good omen.
12. MEHENDI FOR MEN
Mehendi is not only applied to the groom but also to the groom. It is considered as the sign of good omen for men.
13. AS A DECORATION
Application of mehendi in hands is considered to be a decoration. Usually girls love decorating themselves and when it comes to wedding, they decorate their hands with beautiful designs.
14. STRESSLESS MARRIAGE
Usually the brides apply mehendi in their hands and feet. These places have nerve endings and these places are the particular points that relieve from stress. Thus it is a great stress reliever.
15. ARAB WORLD
In the Arab world, henna signifies love, sensuality and good luck. In Arab culture, mehendi is applied during weddings for over 5000 years.
16. INDIAN MYTHOLOGY
According to our Indian mythology, goddess Parvati has applied henna to please lord Shiva. Hence mehendi has become mandatory during weddings.
17. DIFFERENT DESIGNS
Muslims and Hindus have different mehendi patterns. Hindu patterns will have some designs of flowers, rajas and ranis. But Muslim designs will have negative spaces and floral designs.
18. TRADITIONAL PRACTICE
In India, mehendi function during the weddings has always been like a celebration. Moreover, it is a part of our tradition and even the western people have started to follow it.
Hope that the above given points revealed some of the unknown facts of applying mehendi during the weddings. It is also considered as a traditional ritual.
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