Besides lending color to the hands, mehndi is a very powerful medicinal herb. Weddings are stressful, and often, the stress causes headaches and fevers. As the wedding day approaches, the excitement mixed with nervous anticipation can take its toll on the bride and groom. Application of mehndi can prevent too much stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. This is the reason why mehndi is applied on the hands and feet, which house nerve endings in the body.
As a hair conditioner and color, mehendi is immensely popular among both men and women. Mehendi is also applied during the different vratas, or fasts, observed by married women, such as Karwa Chauth. Even gods and goddesses have been observed wearing Mehendi decorations. On the palms of Ganesha and Lakshmi, a common Mehendi design is a giant dot in the middle and four smaller ones on either side. However, a Hindu wedding is where it is used most effectively.
Henna or “Mehendi” tattoos are very popular during the Hindu wedding season. Mehendi is one of the most auspicious “ornaments” for a married lady, and Hindus frequently use the term “Mehendi” synonymously with marriage.