Sonakshi Sinha did not apply mehndi with Zaheer's name on it at her wedding, thus breaking the tradition of the Mughals

Ananya Shroff
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Sonakshi Sinha's wedding was quite unique. We are calling it unique because firstly it was a relationship between people of two different religions and secondly both the bride and groom decided not to get married according to the customs of their religion. Instead they had a registered marriage, which was witnessed by their own family members.

However, it is a different matter that almost all the rituals were performed at Sonakshi's house. According to reports, these included everything from puja to mehndi ceremony. But when the post-wedding pictures came out, people were shocked to see that Sonakshi did not have mehndi on her hands, let alone a dot of mehndi.

Instead, the actress wore alta or mahavar. The way a modern girl, that too from Bollywood, made this traditional makeup a part of her bridal look was indeed a sweet surprise.

Alta looked like this in Sonakshi's hands

Sonakshi Sinha applied a very simple pattern of alta on her hands. She simply applied color on the tips of her fingers and then applied mehendi in a circular shape in the middle of the palm. She repeated the same pattern on the back of the palm as well. It was the most basic design of alta.

It has been a part of Hindu tradition for centuries

Nowadays, Mahavar is usually applied to selected girls only on Kanya Poojan or any special festival. However, centuries ago, its importance used to be much more. Especially, it was definitely included in the 16 Shringar and the bride's hands and feet were beautifully painted with the bright red color of Mahavar.

symbol of applying mahavar

symbol of applying mahavar

Mahavar is red in colour, which is a symbol of fertility of women. It is a way of wishing that the woman gets the happiness of children after marriage. Along with this, it is also considered a symbol of prosperity.

Entry of Laxmi in the house

Entry of Laxmi in the house

It is also said that applying alta opens the doors of good luck and prosperity in the life of a married woman. This is why in old times, while welcoming a new bride, the soles of her feet were dipped in alta. When she walked on the floor, footprints were also formed. This symbolized the entry of Lakshmi in the house.

Did the Mughals change the tradition?

Did the Mughals change the tradition?

The Mughals are considered responsible for the decline in the tradition of applying alta. It is said that earlier among Hindus, brides or girls used to apply mehendi on auspicious occasions. But the Mughals brought with them the tradition of applying mehendi. This tradition spread and gradually applying alta vanished from our culture.

Alta is also visible on the mother's hands and feet

Alta is also visible on the mother's hands and feet

The importance of Mahavar in Hinduism can be gauged from the fact that in the idols and pictures of Goddess Parvati and other mothers in all their forms, alta is seen applied on the hands and feet.

(Disclaimer: The information given in the article is based on articles available on the internet. NBT does not confirm its authenticity and accuracy.)

Sonakshi's beautiful bridal look in Banarasi silk saree


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