Alta

Alta

Alta or Mahawar is a red dye which women in (North) India apply with cotton on the border of their feet during marriages and religious festivals.
Alta or Mahawar or Rose Bengal is a red dye which women in India (specially Rajput, Bengali and Oriya women in Eastern India) orBangladesh apply with cotton on the border of their feet during marriages and religious festivals.[1] During Durga Puja many Bengaliwomen put Alta on their feet.
A ceremony welcoming the newly wed bride to her new home, with the feet dipped in a mixture of milk and alta.