Mehindi Symbols and Symbolism
Henna dyes the top layer of skin... as the skin replaces itself and exfoliates away, the designs fade.
Areas of the body with thicker layers of skin will last the longest- the hands and feet can last up to 4 weeks.
The arms, ankles and back can last up to 3 weeks.
The Two Best Areas of the Body for Mehindi are the Hands and the Feet.
Hands ~ the most popular and long-lasting area of the body.
Palm ~ designs invoke images of opening and offering (usually sun, flower, mandala)
Back of hand ~ acts as a shield-closing, defending, clenching-symbolizing protection.
According to Eastern Indian Palmistry
Right hand ~ Male, Protective
Left hand ~ Female, Receptive
Feet ~ the tops stain deeply & are long-lasting.
The feet are recognized as a point of divine contact, considered a holy junction,
where Human being and Earth meet.