India, popularly known as the land of Ayurveda, is blessed with a reservoir of herbs and plants with health benefits. Our ancestors incorporated different parts of these herbs into their daily lives to acquire maximum benefit from it, and down the years these usages came to be called as rituals. One such ritual is the application of henna as mehndi for hands and legs. Henna is an ayurvedic plant with innumerable health benefits, so maybe this was the reason people used to apply mehendi on the hands and feet of the bride before their wedding, and still do.
In India, nowadays mehendi is applied across all cultures, but it was the indigenous brainchild of the Marwars, people of Mewar, Rajasthan popularly known as the Marwaris. Today I will share some pictures of top Marwari mehndi designs for brides which showcase the rich culture and history of Rajasthan. I’m making sort of an image gallery to refer to when I need to choose henna designs for my wedding. Many innovations have been incorporated in the traditional designs over the years, but invariably all the designs are breathtaking in their artistic and visual beauty.
It has become a ritual over the ages, but initially it may have been used to bestow the bride with ayurvedic benefits of henna to cope with pre-wedding stress. It works as a fever reducer, is a fast relief to headaches and migraines, has anti-inflammatory capacity, anti-ageing properties, alleviates sleep disorders, detoxifies body and promotes healthy growth of hair and nails. So it is very evident that the usage of henna for the application of mehndi works as Mary Poppins’ purse for the bride.
1. Marwari design are is all about intertwining intricate artwork with some traditional elements, and one such traditional element is the dulha-dulhan design. This mehndi design depicts the what a grandiloquent affair Marwari weddings is! The magnificent wedding attires of the bride and groom in this mehndi is a reminder of the affluence of Mewar, both materially and culturally.
2. Beautiful flower pattern is most commonly drawn, and it makes the hand look gorgeous.
3. This design doesn’t cover every inch of the hand like most marwari mehndi designs do, in fact it barely covers half of the hand, but the design is absolutely breathtaking in its simplicity! This design may not be apt for the bride, but is a very beautiful design for the bridesmaids. It is such a festive mehndi.
4. Rajasthan is a land of peacocks, and the inclusion of peacock designs only seems too fair in showcasing all that is indigenous of Rajasthan. Peacocks symbolize regalia, which is an apt word to describe a Marwari wedding. This bridal henna design, interspersed with peacock designs is absolutely “fantartistic”!
5. The feet are given as much importance as the hands when it comes to bridal mehndi patterns. This intricate design that beautifully adorns the feet works like an ornament.
6. This unique mehndi design is teeming with traditional elements. It has the dulha-dulhan element, the peacock motifs and also it has Lord Ganesh drawn. Starting a new phase of life with the blessings of Lord Ganesh is a popular ritual in the Indian culture, following which one can step into a blissful married life by including a drawing of Ganpati in the bridal mehndi, which already symbolizes happily-ever-after of Indian weddings.
7. Putting your hands together completes this beautiful pattern. Notice how clean and precise the lines and curves, and how very symmetric the pattern as a whole is!
8. This intricate duhan mehndi design for the feet is symmetric and has a beautiful pattern with peacock designs too. It truly wraps the feet like an ornament.
9. Another design that works as an ornament for the feet; this legs design has some very popularly used patterns but used in such a way that it makes the whole design look unique.
10. Another dulha-dulhan pattern; this contemporary design covers the whole forearm and the intricately formed pattern makes the hand look gorgeous; but amidst it, the dulhan in the palanquin and the dulha looking eagerly is the main attraction of this marwari design.
11. This intricate design leaves no inch of the leg uncovered. So much time and effort must have been put behind this creation. This has to be my best marwari mehndi design for feet.
12. Radha-Krishna designs in a mehndi is also a traditional aspect. Indians worship the epic love of Radha-Krishna, and inclusion of Radha-Krishna in the tattoo designs symbolize their blessings for the everlasting love of the marrying couple.
13. Dulha-dulhan mehndi with peacock designs that spell magniloquence. The henna artwork speaks for itself.
14. Another complementary mehndi pattern, this one has peacocks and grand designs which can be seen in the walls of the royal palaces of Rajasthan.
15. This simple design for the feet of bride is so complete in itself, it doesn’t really require one to wear a payal to make the feet look gorgeous.
16. This traditional design partly complements and partly doesn’t. And this is what makes it unique.
17. Another beautiful unique mehndi pattern. Notice that the designs in both hands are different from each other, yet they complement each other so well; exactly the quality that is needed in the bride and groom to make their relation and marriage a success.
18. This contemporary mehndi pattern is breathtakingly symmetrical! The empty space actually accentuates the beauty of the design.
19. The dulhan designs for the front as well as backside of the hand of this mehndi, are both beautiful. It speaks in bounties of the artist behind this creation. And this is my top unique marwari mehndi design for hands.
20. Another beautiful complementing dulhan mehndi design. This almost looks like the heavy ornaments the queens of yore used to wear and it looks as gorgeous as the pictures of queens, adorned in all their fineries, we have seen in books looked.
21. This beautiful traditional indian mehndi with peacock design at its core, mixed with popular patterns looks impeccably beautiful. The patterns in the two forearms are different from each other, yet they blend with each other so beautifully that they look like one; again symbolizing how a successful marriage works.
22. This beautiful intricate design at the back of the hand is a welcome change from the usual full hand covering designs. The dark colour of then henna accentuates the skin complexion and the dotted design beautifully adorns the hand like a thousand twinkling stars. A perfect pattern for the contemporary marwari bride.
23. This complementary peacock design is unique in its own way. It does not cover the whole hand, yet looks very beautiful due to the spacious design.
24. This Radha-Krishna design focuses on the deities solely. What is beautiful in this is the lotus motif at the top.
25. This mehndi design looks oh-so-beautiful in the feet, the design near the ankle totally looks like a payal and the surrounding designs make the feet look breathtakingly gorgeous.
So, if you are a marwari bride-to-be, this list of dulhan mehendi designs is absolutely indispensable if you are looking forward to adorn every inch of yourself with the best of everything that is there.
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