Applying mehendi costs up to Rs 3,000 on Karva Chauth

Photo of ladies getting mehendi decorated on their hands and legs on Karva Chauth.

New Delhi: Getting mehendi appied on Karva Chauth festival as it can cost up to Rs 3,000 depending on the designs that you select.

A mehendi store at Tagore Garden in west Delhi, was charging up to Rs 2,100 and above on Karva Chauth. But on any other day, they charge just Rs 500.

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Mehendi artist from Kundan Mehandi Art told media persons, “Mehendi isn’t expensive, but the workers charge high… the ones who work on salary or even commission basis, they leave their jobs and go for package deals… If there is an increase in requirement of the person… the charge will also go up.”

Riya Malhotra, a college student, who accompanied her mother Madhu Malhotra for mehendi, was shocked by the rocketing prices.

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“I saw people bargaining as the artists were demanding sky-high amounts and to my utter shock the prices went from Rs 1,500 to 2,500 in a matter of hours. By 12 noon, the price for one hand was Rs 2,500 (for simple design), and if one wanted the design to be more beautiful and intricate, then get ready to shell out over Rs 3,000,” Riya told journalists.

She added that the mehendi artists are even willing to sit as late as 3 a.m and as early as 6 a.m to cater to clients.

Samira Rana, a newly-wed, shared that she was charged thrice the normal price for the occasion, but the result she got was not what she was expecting for her first Karva Chauth.

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“For my first Karva Chauth, I thought I’d get the best mehendi, but didn’t want to spend much… but the result was an awful design. Despite spending triple the amount I would have otherwise paid, I didn’t get the desired result because of the rush by mehendi artists trying to get as many clients done as possible,” she said.