Weddings in India entail an extravaganza of elaborate ceremonies. All of which have a religious elucidation and sum up to add to the overall grandiose of the affair. And Mehandi is just another in the trail.
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Mehandi holds a pronounced status in the Indian picture. And its worth encompasses even beyond the marriage to the successive important events like fasts like Karva Chauth and festivals like Holi and Diwali. But in spite of our jubilant indulgence in the event, most of us never make it a point to know its religious significance. And that is why we at Wed Amor are here.
There are many theories to it.
Aunts and Grannies propagate it to be one of the most prized ornament of the women and deeper the brown of the wedding henna the more affectionate are the wedded couple. Sources say, this is just a sweeter way to put it up, while the original implication hints at the voluptuous convening of the wedded couple and henna is an index to fertility. Perhaps it is herein from where the concept of writing the groom’s name in the Mehandi art comes – to give the groom the first instance of holding the bride’s hand and heed closer.
Yet another theory suggests that the different Mehandi motifs symbolizes the connect with the divine while the 2 souls unite in a bond of commitment and dedication. Henna on the front of palm is said to invoke the Divine at the auspicious hour, while those on the reverse stand to shield the new couple from all negative energies. Application of henna on foot is associated with the honoring of meeting of human and Mother Earth. The motifs that adorn the henna pattern also have a hidden meaning to it. Most patterns consist of some basic elements like check boxes; ripples; zig zag lines; sun, moon and the stars. Well, these aren’t random. Check boxes were associated with the healing of skin, while ripples represented the ever flowing nature of water, in a way representing the ever changing chord of emotions in life. The zig zag lines stand for rain, fertility and abundance. Sun, moon and stars stand for the eternal love between the couple like the eternity of these celestial bodies.
These customs being age-old have become obscure in their meaning and have been colored with the paint of modernization. But if you ever feel the need to know why our forefathers conceived the ritual, get back to us.
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