I’ve always had a deep connection to the Indian culture.
When my friend Anushree Agarwal invited me to her wedding as a special guest, I knew this would be an adventure of a lifetime and also a time for me to explore my own views on how I define beauty, and see the world.
I booked my flight and packed my bags on a mission to discover the deeper meaning of beauty and learn firsthand about the sacred beauty rituals of the Indian bride.
The countdown to the wedding had begun, but in between bridal fittings, and jewelry shopping, we also went #BeautyExploring the lands of India, visiting the famous world wonder Taj Mahal, to New Delhi for beauty products and Rishikesh to live under the Himalayas. India will encompass everything needed to awaken a sense of purpose and arouse all your senses, making it a journey of a lifetime. Here are our top discoveries of beauty, charm, and adventure.
The use of mehndi, or henna, dates back over 5,000 years when the henna dye was used to stain the fingers and toes of the pharaohs before mummification, and it is now seen mostly in Indian culture. Mehndi is applied to the bride-to-be during the Mehndi Ceremony usually the night before the wedding, often accompanied by singing and dancing. It’s a blessing and a manifestation of what’s to come in her new life as a wife, mother and sacred being of the gods. You can see the story of love in the intricate patterns of Hindu gods. The designs represent a deep bond between husband and wife.
Kumkum is a powder used for social and religious markings in India. It is usually made from turmeric, which is dried and powdered with a bit of slaked lime, turning the rich yellow powder into a red color. Red is a common color for love, honor, and prosperity. Women usually apply kumkum after the morning ablutions, after baths, and after washing the face. For applying kumkum, the ring finger should be used. The red powder is applied to the parting of the hair part to symbolize marriage. While applying kumkum, the pressure points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are pressed. This facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles. It increases in vital energy and protects from negative energies.
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