INDIAN BEAUTY is revered all over the world and that is no breaking news. If we flip through the pages of India’s illustrious history, the beauty of Indian queens finds a well-deserved mention. The magnificence of those striking features was such, that even today we take pride in the glory and stature of those queens. They are as much pride of our culture as was the bravery and solidity of our ancient Kings and warriors.
Queens of India that embodied Indian Beauty
Who isn’t acquainted with the enchanting beauty of the Krishna devotee, Meerabai? The Hindu princess’ ecstatic love for Krishna, reflected well in her soulful and passionate songs and compositions. Preachings of her community over the years also brought forth descriptions of her magical beauty that spread far and wide.
Her outer beauty resounded to far greater glories bestowed upon her all-consuming obsessive love for Krishna. The sanctity of her soul and pious aura came through on her skin that gleamed like striking diamonds. Similar radiance, women dream of exuding even today all through their youth and aging years. It is the same inner glow that the skin experts at Ozone Ayurvedics’ have worked so hard on highlighting through our skincare products.
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Ancient stories narrate that Meerabai was particular about her skin and would put natural almond oil to keep it soft. Another queen who is still remembered long for her bewitching aura is Rani Padmini or Padmavati. Such was the allure, that Allaudin Khilji attacked Chittoor to captivate the queen, who was already married to King Rawal Ratan Singh at that time. The beautiful Rani chose to drown herself in burning flames than let her pride fall.
Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, though born in 1919, is still looked upon as one of the most fashionable style icons of all years. Those chiffon and organza sarees with pearl jewellery and her ‘larger-than-life’ persona gave her the stature of invincible royalty. Her skin was flawless and had an enamoring gleam and shine that would speak oodles about the queen’s confidence and personality.
She did have those deep eyes that could seep in through any soul, but it was her flawless radiating skin that would speak a thousand words. It is said that she would drink a lot of fresh Amla juice, loaded with Vitamin C to maintain the glow and firmness of her skin. Post the abolition of princely states in India, she became a celebrated politician before her death in 2009. But even today, whenever there is a mention of feminine grace and epitome of poise, her name surely hits to make headlines.
Rani Samyukta, the daughter of Raja Jaichand of Kannauj, was much toasted for her beauty all over medieval India. When the King of Delhi, Prithviraj Chauhan, heard about the tales of her beauty and determination, he fell in love with her persona, even before meeting her in person. The love story and the related anecdotes still make for a very interesting hear. Word of her beauty spread such far and wide, that people would turn over to Delhi to get a glimpse of her.
Decoding the secret of Indian Beauty
There are pieces of evidence of highly advanced notions of self-beautification and enhancement by both men and women in ancient India. The Kings and Queens would stretch to great lengths to exploit the goodness of natural products to enrich their skin and hair.
Many of these practices were subtly interwoven with the seasons (Sanskrit: ‘Rutus’) as well as with the normal rituals of life (Sanskrit: ‘Dinacharya’). Notably, these practices were not only aimed at developing a speciously pleasant and attractive personality but towards achieving holistic up-gradation (Sanskrit: ‘Punya’), longevity, and good life (Sanskrit: ‘Aayush’ and ‘Aarogyam’) and overall happiness (Sanskrit: ‘Anandam’).
Literature suggests that so obsessed was Rani Samyukta with the aroma of fresh rose petals, that not just would she bathe daily in milk with rose petals floating, but also press the petals hard to extract the juice and apply it over her skin. Her dasis were instructed to make a paste of rose water with honey and apply it all over her body first thing every morning.
Rani Padmini believed in the essence of natural oils (Sanskrit: ‘Tailams’). Rather than applying the nourishing almond oil directly on her skin, she would ask her attendants to heat the oil and treat her hair and skin to the aromatic steam of the oil to derive maximum benefits.
For skin lightening and exfoliating scrub, it is said that the leaves of Sirisa and Chopda were pounded together with Sesame seeds (til) and the wood of the Deodar tree to make a mixture. This mixture was further roasted with Buffalo Dung (yes, you read that right!) and ground to a fine powder and made into a paste. The paste, when applied to the skin, would result in a dazzling glow and a fairer skin.
To date, the world has not been able to get over the beauty of these heavenly queens of India and also their unbelievable beauty rituals. We cannot reincarnate their beauty, but we can certainly base our formulations on the rich knowledge that has been passed on from their stories.
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