Having your hands filled with Mehandi has become quite a thing these days and I am not just talking about it in places like India or Pakistan, but places abroad too. In Asian countries, however, the trend of henna is much cultural and traditional than the fashionable trend of the west. Tattoos, on contrary, have suffered a backlash because of the interest in henna which is organic and natural and one can get their favorite patterns without worrying about sharp needles. People can add henna motifs to any part of their bodies that they want to because sticking to hands and feet is really a thing of the past. People can go from getting henna on their back to their face, the places are endless. Henna has thus proven to be a binding factor among many cultures and communities.
The Mehandi patterns in Indian style are of many kinds. There are fusion Mehandi as well as the most complicated ones. You will also lay your hands on Mehandi with beautiful patterns even with bolder strokes. In this list, we have tried to gather all the variations right from the easier Arabic patterns to the more complicated traditional Indian Mehandi designs that will surely attract your attention. In Indian weddings, that’s what brides are looking out for a perfect traditional Indian Mehandi for themselves. For them, it is pretty significant and has a special place in the tradition too. Nowadays, many have decided to shift away from traditional Indian patterns and merge them with contemporary ones. A lot of experimentation has been put into these designs to make them look more appealing and showcase their own sense of style. Therefore, the journey for henna has been a long one. It has traveled way back thousands of years ago to the current millennial fashion trend.
Here is a list of more than 60 amazing Indian Mehandi designs for you to enjoy!
1. Paisley and Flower Pattern
You can easily make out that this design is a fusion design inspired by the Arabic Mehandi designs and the Indian Mehandi designs. It has the best of both worlds. It looks scintillating when done with a combination of bold and intricate patterns. A design like this would also look well with other occasions like Diwali and Holi too. Another great element is the shading scheme done on the flowers. This particular pattern has not been extended too much but you can take it down to your elbow.
2. Mesh and Mango Motif
This is a simple chakra design along with beautifully decorated fingers on the back of the hand. I like how the fingers have been adorned using geometrical designs. The wrist has a v-shaped design that gives it a regal look. The wristband looks exquisite for sure. V-shaped designs have caught up with the trend a lot these days. For minimalistic designs like this, you can always enhance them by using different colors and glitters them.
3. Heavy Vine and Mesh
This is a design done with intricate strokes. The Mehandi design consists of Indian Mehandi elements like paisleys and meshwork along with beautiful floral patterns. It would be great to wear on any occasion with your traditional salwar kameez or a light lehenga.
4. Inspired by Jewelry Designs
This is a pretty ornamental design that you can use for decorative purposes. It is great to wear even if you are not attending any special occasion. A design like this would work great with any casual outfit too. It is not really a heavy design but still has some Indian Mehandi design elements in it and can be easily carried by people who are not much into Mehandi. Any form of clothing would suit this design because of its simplicity and decency that it has to offer.
5. Indian Arabic Mehandi Designs
This black henna is apparently inspired by the Arabic design that is very common in Indian culture. The Arabic designs are so familiar in India that they are often swapped with traditional Indian Mehandi designs too. Anyway, both traditional and non-traditional patterns look equally good! In fact, the trend is so much in a rage that many people have started applying fusion Mehandi if not traditional Mehandi. Another reason for applying Arabic Mehandi is that it supplies enough gaps to make it super symmetrical.
6. Chequered Paisley Designs
This design is pretty unique because all the motifs are embedded inside the paisleys that seem to be the central motif of the design. You can choose to add some colors to this design because it will totally enhance the look. The meshwork and the floral theme look amazing as supplementary options. It adds to the charm.
7. Minimal Mehandi Design
This design is super simple. It is just a swirling twig that has some beautiful flowers on it. Here, the flowers are lotus. However, what makes even the simplest design like this one amazing is the fact that glitters have been used in the henna. It naturally makes everything pop out in a very spectacular way. It is rather a contemporary design than being a traditional Indian Mehandi design pattern and so you can wear it with a gown rather than with your lehenga. However, I am sure it would look great with a lehenga too.
8. Intricate Peacock Design
This design is apparently based on the peacock theme. It is super unique! Just pay attention to the feathers of the bird! The rest of the design seems to be surrounding the peacock in the middle. Although the rest of the hand has a pretty intricate pattern, the fingers have been kept to a minimal design.
9. Sweet Mehandi Design
It looks very simple, doesn’t it? It is simply floral patterns done with (mainly) dot work and teardrop motif. It looks quite exquisite! However, according to me, it is not really suited for typical Indian occasions like weddings, rather it will suit well on festivals like Diwali. It is the minimalistic design of this that is attractive. With simple designs like this, you need not extend it to your full hands either.
10. Full Arm Mehandi Design
The back of the hand of this wearer looks very amazing because of the intricate patterns. It is perfect for any bride because it has multiple motifs that are related to traditional Indian culture. I like how the fingers have been given some spacing to remove them from the main design in the center.
11. Stylish Indian Mehandi Designs
This is quite a contemporary design for you that can be carried forward with a traditional or non-traditional occasion. More than being a henna design for a party, it is like a henna tattoo. Such a trend has gained immense popularity in western countries. However, it still is a beautiful pattern to try out.
12. Peacock and Flowers Traditional Indian Design
This is an extremely simple peacock pattern with bold strokes to give it a little ease and neatness. I like how the peacock is surrounded by two flowers. The design when seen as a whole looks like an amalgamation of geometrical patterns. The fingers have been kept pretty simple, but you can add a bit more elements to give it some depth.
13. Spacing Mehandi Design
I like how the finger pattern moves in a slanting position. The whole design is separated into four sections which give it a kind of neatness that is intended in any Mehandi pattern. Interestingly, the designs in all the sections are quite identical, yet they have been reversed alternatively to give a distinctive look. It would look great with dresses that are high-flown and have a lot of embroidery work done on them. To match the design to your dress, you can add similar color stones to your henna.
14. Domes and Paisley Mehandi Design
The central idea is the dome and the paisley patterns which dominate the theme. Check out the fingertips of this design which is done with paisley too. It is quite a unique twist on the traditional colored fingertips. A design like this would suit the legs too, but you may add other elements that will go with the shape of it.
15. Floral Motif Design
This Mehandi art is done with black henna and looks amazing. It is a fusion of Arabic and Indian Mehandi styles and is loved by many. It is a great change from the classic Indian patterns which is quite overcrowded sometimes. So for some lighter occasion, you must try something like this.
16. Indian Bridal Mehandi Design
Mango designs are very popular among Indian girls and women because it gives a vibrant look to the Mehandi design. Most of the henna designs have either paisleys or mango designs in them which are detailed with different patterns. The picture contains many other elements but the most striking thing is the symmetry of the design which is hard to master.
17. Paisley and Peacock on Shoulder
Indian patterns look great on any part of the body because it mainly consists of paisleys and dot works which set perfectly on any body part. This design starts from the lower neck and goes down the shoulder. It is a great design if you are planning to wear something off-shoulder. It would be a unique addition to your style on any occasion. The floral vines add to the feminity of such designs. Overall, it is a great and elaborative work of art.
18. Inspired By Mughal Forts
Not exactly an Arabic Mehandi design, yet this design has a theme of that of Arabic Mehandi with lots of paisleys and chequered work. The design is spread out on the hands and looks extremely pretty. The ample spaces that are provided give it a neater look.
19. Bride and Groom Indian Mehandi Design
The Indian bridal Mehandi is very famous amongst girls who like to opt for bride and groom patterns. Even on the other hand, you will find many hidden patterns like that of the king and peacock. It is astonishing how these small patterns can be easily incorporated into such vast and elaborative designs.
20. Full Leg and Arms Indian Mehandi
This leg and arm Mehandi design is very elaborate and is great for any Indian bride on her D-day. The arm pattern has a Ganesha motif on the top while the leg has an elephant motif. The thing about elaborate Mehandi is that you can add as many distinct patterns as you like.
21. Pair of Peacock
Peacock is an auspicious bird in India; it is also the national bird too. It stands for happiness and bliss and is also used in many henna designs as well. You can very well use the peacock motif in your henna designs along with other motifs like the paisley, which looks very similar to the peacock one.
22. Spiral Back Hand Mehandi Design
Look at those beautiful swirls and the way the curve of the Mehandi falls elegantly on the wrist. The patterns are intricate and beautiful. Apparently, it is inspired by the Arabic Mehandi design and looks pretty hippie and chic. I especially like the little addition done by the means of the design on the index finger. It is pretty amazing.
23. Ring Extension Mehandi Design
The Mehandi design is great and looks pretty ornamental. It seems as it is an extension of your jewelry. The chain attaches the ring to the wristband that has simple patterns in it. The patterns in it are basic geometric shapes that are super easy to make. It is also great for young girls who do not want to go into the intricacies of traditional Indian design.
24. Ankle Mehandi Design
Many girls are into henna designs and you can especially see them on occasions like weddings or Diwali when they are covered in henna from tip to toe. However, many these days are catching up with the trend of minimalism and try to refrain from over-complex designs. This one is an example of that trend. A simple ankle design looks pretty beautiful.
25. Block Art Mehandi Design
The beauty of a half and half mesh design is that it does not fail to look like a lacey pattern of a glove. It has those Victorian vibes to it that are classy for any occasion. While I personally think that it would suit more on western outfits, like a gown, but a saree or a suit would do the trick too.
26. Indian Mehandi Design on Back
Mehandi was initially for your arms and legs but it is no reason that it must be restricted to it. Many people go as far as having Mehandi tattoos on their faces. But…let’s not go that far and stick to usual body parts like the back or the nape of the neck! A Mehandi design with traditional Indian patterns would look amazing on your back. Have a look at this one, for instance, the paisley designs and the dotted work look fabulous. You can then wear a deep-back cut outfit or blouse to flaunt your beautiful design. It would be unusual and you will stand out from the rest of the crowd pretty sure.
27. Glitter Indian Mehandi Design
Adding glitters and jewels to your Mehandi design is always great because it adds a certain vibrancy to your design. It will definitely cut back on the monotonous black tone of the henna and will add different textures to your work. This Arabic-style Mehandi will look perfect for any occasion.
28. Multi-Dimensional Mehandi Design
This is just a simple Mandala design with the hands not done too much. The fingers are half done in intricate swirly patterns. The arm part of the design is inspired by the Arabic Mehandi design that looks fabulous. At first glance, the patterns are dominantly floral themed which will look perfect on any occasion.
29. Symmetrical Indian Mehandi Design
The design on both hands is identical but the thing that attracts us the most is the center part, which are two half mandalas in a heart-shaped figurine. The mandala is done with pretty leafy vines. I like how the fingers are done with delicate stokes of leaf and floral themes. The huge paisley on the top is worth noticing. It is great for an Indian Mehandi design collection if you are looking for it.
30. Floral Bracelet Design
This is just a modern take of henna jewelry. The design is floral with a bit of a shading effect to enhance the look of the design. The wristband looks pretty ornamental and you might just ditch your heavy wrist bands with a design like this. This one is a pretty simple design with bold strokes and a great 3D effect.
31. Chakra Mehandi Design
This pattern is simple and creative and provides a lot of space for the designs to stand out. The circular design in the middle comes out like a beautiful flower center. I like the bold patterns that have been used to make the leaves. It is quite stylish.
32. Ganesha Mehandi Design
Ganesha is considered the auspicious one and no celebrations begin before commemorating it with Lord Ganesha in the Indian culture. He is the god of well-being, and fresh starts and that’s probably why he has a lot of significance for the Indians. Here, the Mehandi has the lord right in the middle inscribed inside a mango pattern with Indian Mehandi design motifs.
33. Feather Mehandi Design
Feathers are highly symbolic in Indian tradition as a motif for freedom and creativity. So, if you are a writer or a bookworm, this design would look amazing. It is quite basic so you can add some more patterns in this one. In the picture, you will see some Indian traditional patterns that have been added to make this design fusion of western and Indian. Quite a great choice.
34. 3-D Indian Mehandi Designs
This is the commonest Arabic Mehandi design that you can come across and believe me, almost everyone has had a similar design at least once in their lives. It is a perfect trail of flowers and leaves and has jewel motifs too. The bold strokes in between give it a 3-D effect which enhances the look it. Adding shaded patterns also helps to enhance the overall look of this design and gives it a subtle depth.
35. Asymmetrical Mehandi Designs
This design looks as if the Mehandi pattern is done with a very light stroke and so each design stands out individually. The rest of the patterns are merely arranged in a slanting position that provides a bit of asymmetry and style to the whole design. It is done with floral and leafy trail patterns.
36. Simple Mehandi Designs
People are much into minimalistic Mehandi designs these days. They prefer the intricate work and the quality of it rather than how much area has been covered. This design is pretty floral but only done with the basic shapes. Looking at its simplicity, it is possible to do by the beginners too.
37. Arabic Back Hand Mehandi Design
This design will leave you awestruck. It is extremely beautiful. The outermost part is done in a beautiful v-shaped theme. Next, we have the dome band which looks absolutely regal. The fingers have been kept to the bare minimum. It is a perfect design for your family occasions or in fact your casual routine too.
38. Unusual Indian Mehandi Design
It seems like the Mehandi was done with a trail of paisleys in an Arabic style starting from the ring finger but more designs were added to fill the hand. The rest of the fingers include mesh patterns while on hand are arms, you will see a lot of floral work.
39. Simple Hand Mehandi Design
Rather than dedicating each hand to the bride and the groom, this designs requires that the bride and the groom must share one hand…like they’re about to share their lives. The rest of the patterns are pretty simple with half domes sitting on each other. This is a pretty simple design but there’s always room for improvement!
40. Heart Bride and Groom Design
This raja rani sits perfectly well on the half heart pattern that is complete when the hands are brought together. The arms are beautifully given a floral theme that looks pretty scintillating. The hand and the fingers have a perfect geometrical style that is adorable!
41. Popular Feet Mehandi Design
The leg design seems ornamental and you can, thus, wear this pattern like jewelry. The pattern mainly consists of paisleys and leaves along with floral vibes to it. It is a great traditional design for young girls or brides.
42. Peacock Feather Design
It is an exquisite design because of the huge peacock that forms the central part of the whole pattern. The rest of the design just seems like a part of the feather of the peacock. The designs are intricate and hence both hands have different styles and patterns. For example, both hands contain meshwork but the patterns are totally different.
43. Mandala Mehandi Design
This design is all about the dome. It has a lot of curves and patterns that are drawn with a lot of precision and symmetry. The design is complex and so identical patterns have been chosen for it. You can wear a small ghagra or lehenga so that the design is properly visible,
44. Intricate Indian Mehandi Style
Looking at the extent of this design will only make us question the duration that it will take. It would require a lot of patience and precision to get a design like this. That is the reason that most often the designs on both hands are not the same even when the motifs in them are. You won’t be needing too many pieces of jewelry with such elaborative Mehandi designs.
45. Indian Open Pattern Mehandi Design
This leg Mehandi design is beautiful. The meshwork makes it resemble a lacey cloth. The look, overall, is quite traditional and ethnic. It covers half the leg and looks very elaborative. Obviously, the best design for the bride. I am pretty sure that a design like this would make the bride feel very “princess-y.”
46. Bride Motif Indian Mehandi Design
Many people like to personalize their wedding henna by adding a portrait of the couple or other significant things that they hold dear. Here, the bride has added a rani or queen motif that symbolizes the bride herself. You can add a king motif on another hand that will represent the groom. The motifs look like a little brooch that you wear. They are absolutely as cute as a button.
47. Chequered Mehandi Design on Feet
This Mehandi design on feet is quite elaborative. It has a big mandala with meshwork patterns on all sides. It is a great space filler. The paisley and peacock motifs are other eye-catching elements that have been included.
48. Full Arm Arabic Design
This apparently is the design for the bride. The design is totally inspired by the Arabic style. The dominant motif is that of paisley in this one. You can say it is one of the most common and basic designs that you can get in this style and that’s why you can wear designs like this on any occasion.
49. Chakra Oranamnetal Design
The chakra design looks great as it is quite a traditional motif. I like how the fingers have maintained moderation and the arms are adorned with pretty intricate designs. The overall look is great for any occasion.
50. Lotus Design on Back of the Hand
The Mehandi design here is very intricate and delicate. It might need a lot of patience on the part of the artist and the wearer because sitting for such prolonged hours can be quite tedious. It is great for super-special occasions like weddings. You can get beautiful nail art done that will complement the design.
51. Rose Mehandi Design
This design is full of huge flowers right in the middle of the hands. In fact, the fingers, too, are beautifully decorated with a floral theme. The meshwork is quite intriguing and fills in the extra space.
52. Arabic Inspired Mehandi Design
This Mehandi design consists of many bold and intricate patterns which are the greatest part of the design. The combination of these strokes provides a contrast that is reflected in the beauty of the design. Not traditionally Indian, it is still quite as beautiful as the classic patterns are.
53. Rhombus Shaped Mehandi Design
The two-colored Mehandi design looks great because the effect of shading is very prominent. You can see too many geometrical figures along with chequered patterns which make the design unique.
54. Rhombus and Paisley Design
This design in the picture is dominated by the peacock and paisley patterns. You can see a lot of mango designs too along with intricate meshwork. It will look amazing on the brides who want something heavy for their D-day. Otherwise, you can try and flaunt in on several different occasions that have a lot of significance in the culture like Diwali or any other Puja.
55. Small Leaves Pattern
This mesh design is quite hypnotic because not only is it precisely done which is reflected in its sheer neatness but also because of the 3D effect the bold strokes give. The design resembles a lacey net pattern of a glove.
56. Inspired by the Mughals
The designs on both hands have different patterns but the styles are almost identical. It seems like the patterns are inspired by the regal era. There is no doubt about the fact that the precision of the design is on point. The tribal print is not really traditional and I guess it would look amazing with your casual wear too.
The designs are extremely floral. Right from the central design to the one on the fingers and the arms, the floral theme is very prominent. The design is pretty feminine and great for any occasion.
58. Glittery Heart Middle
The design is pretty basic with the addition of a few gemstones and glitters filled in big gaps. You can have other colors inside this design to make it pretty vibrant. I like how appropriate gaps are given and so a sense of neatness is seen.
59. Pointed Flower Mehandi Design
The half and half designs of this style are pretty great and creative. The two hands are joined together to form a floral pattern. The rest of the design is quite simple and basic. To enhance the design you can also add some glitters and gemstones. A lot of paisley and leaf patterns shave been used.
60. Multiple Styles Into One
This is also one popular design for people who love to experiment with several patterns. It is inspired by the Arabic Mehandi style which is quite popular in India. You can wear such an Indian Mehandi design on any occasion.