Mehndi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as by expatriate communities from those countries. The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhika. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Vedic ritual books. Haldi staining oneself with turmeric paste as well as mehndi are important Vedic customs as a symbolic representation of the Outer and the Inner Sun. Vedic customs are meant to awaken the inner light and so the gold of the inner Sun has an important symbolic function.