Mehndi [ originated from the Sanskrit word Mendhika] or Marudhaani as it is known popularly in the South of India refers to the traditional art of hand – painting using a paste of Henna. This practice dates as far back as the vedic period. This art specific to and part of the rich Indian tradition involves making of a paste from Henna leaves and applying it using plastic cones to form intricate patterns and designs. The application of Mehndi is an essential part of any wedding or auspicious function and is conducted with great fanfare. Great skill and dexterity is required and it is a huge business opportunity for women with an artistic bent of mind.