Monday, June 3, 2013
Sojat city is world famous for its mehandi or henna (Heena) powder. Sojat city is India's largest producer of mehandi and more than 70% of the production is exported all over the world. The mehandi plantations are really worth a visit, as you will not find it anywhere. The leaves of this plant are squashed and the paste is used to decorate the palms. Many tourists that happen to come here on their way to Udaipur of Mount Abu take a break here and apply mehandi to their palms and feet. The beautiful decorations of mehandi are unique and beautiful experience.

Sojat city is a tehsil headquarter in the Pali district of Rajasthan state. Sojat city is situated on the left bank of the Surki River near Pali town. During ancient times it was known as Tamravati. There is a fort in Sojat city which has a big water reservoir. There are many temples in the fort like the Sejal Mata temple, Chaturbhuj Temple. There is an old and beautiful temple of Chamunda Mata on a hill top and has beautiful views. The Dargah of Pir Mastan is a very famous place where the Muslims offer prayers yearly festival called as Urs.

Jaipur: Those of us who don’t know where Sojat is, it’s time to refresh their general knowledge. This is the place in Rajasthan from where Aishwarya Rai got henna for her mehndi (henna) ceremony when she weds Abhishek Bachchan. Over 15 kg of local henna travelled to wherever (the trader refuses to disclose where) the ceremony takes place. The henna packets would be sent five days prior to the wedding day.

The Bachchan family contacted a mehndi agent in Mumbai who in turn has placed orders with two of the leading henna traders of Sojat,’ sources told IANS here Friday.

These traders had prepared a special type of mehndi for model andactress Liz Hurley’s wedding to NRI businessman Arun Nayar recently.

‘We have received orders from an agent in Mumbai for the Bachchan wedding and we are preparing special packets for them. We will send these packets to wherever they decide to get married,’ said Nitesh Agarwal, a Sojat-based mehndi trader.

Sojat and its surrounding areas in the Pali district of the state boast of the most intensive henna cultivation in India. Up to 90 percent of Rajasthan’s commercial henna production is in this area.

Over 100 henna processing units are in operation in Sojat.


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