Ahead of Karwa Chauth it’s time for the auspicious mehndi hues on your hands. Putting mehndi on hands is a much-loved tradition followed by Indian women. During Karwa Chauth markets are flooded with mehndi artists but this year there may be fewer women going out for getting their hands coloured ahead of Karwa Chauth due to the pandemicReady-made mehedi pastes are also available and you can draw the patterns on your hands yourselves. Mehndi is one of the oldest forms of traditional body art. The word mehndi is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘mendhika’ or the henna plant. Henna leaves have been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities. Mehedi finds mention in religious texts and was used as a cosmetic by women of the Vedic times. The art of using mehndi to enhance beauty apparently started in India and travelled to different countries including the the Middle East. Mehndi is considered very auspicious and among Hindu women, it is one of the 16 adornments of beauty or Solah Shringaar.