We were just roaming in Civil Lines, Allahabad. Jaya spotted some mehndi artists in front of El Chico restaurant. She got interested and sat with them for getting mehndi art done on her palms and hands. Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient Subcontinent of India. Women use mehndi for festive occasions, such as weddings, religious events and traditional ceremonies.
Mehndi or henna is a paste that is bought in a cone-shaped tube and is made into designs for women. Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books. It was originally used for only women’s palms and sometimes for men, but as time passed, it was more common for women to wear it.