Significance Of Mehendi In Hindu Marriages

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The wedding season is going on in the country. In Hindu marriages, several cultures have different customs that vary from state to state (rather village to village). These rituals have been passed on through ages and is still carrying forward to next generation.

In Hindu marriages, you can find few things in common. For example, engagement, mehendi, wedding and reception are few common ceremonies that are commonly followed in all most all parts of the country. Mehendi is a pre-wedding ceremony that is very popular in the Northern states of the country. However, the trend of applying mehendi on the hands and feet has become a common trend in the East, West and Southern states too. Earlier, mehendi was applied as nua (colouring fingertips and center of palm) but with the trend of drawing, it has become an art. Well, there is a significance of applying mehendi in Hindu marriages. If you love colouring your hands with mehendi, you have an excuse. Check out..

Significance Of Mehendi In Hindu Marriages

Significance of mehendi in Hindu marriages:

Bond of matrimony: Mehendi signifies the bond of matrimony. It is considered as a shagun in Hindu marriages. Mehendi was originally used only during weddings. But with the growing popularity and importance of mehendi, women have started applying it on special Hindu occasions and festivals like Karva Chauth, Navratri, Rakhi and Diwali.

Colour of love: It is believed that the colour of mehendi signifies the love of the partner. The darker the mehendi, the more your partner loves you. That is why, women love to see each others' mehendi and in few cases compete to find out the darkest hands. In few cultures, the mehendi colour also shows the love you will get from your mother-in-law.

Holy: As a part of a shagun, mehendi is considered an integral item of suhag. Only married women are allowed to apply mehendi and spread the colour of a married life. Mehendi is holy in many cultures and not applying mehendi on special occasions like wedding or Karva Chauth are considered as a sin.

Spread joy and celebrate culture: Mehendi ceremony has become a grand celebration in many Hindu marriages. Married women and young girls colour their hands on the occasion of their marriage to celebrate the wedding!

Protect brother: In few cultures, mehendi has a significance on brother and sister relationship. Women apply mehendi on the back of the palm for their brothers. If a woman has a brother, it is mandatory to apply mehendi on the back of the palm.

These are few points of significance for applying mehendi in Hindu marriages. Do you love applying mehendi?

Read more about: hinduism, wedding
Story first published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 16:18 [IST]
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