Alta (also Mahawar or Rose Bengal) is a red dye which women in India and Bangladesh apply with cotton to their hands and feet during marriages and festivals. Alta was originally produced from lac, although later it was replaced with synthetic dyes.It is a symbol of marriage and also a symbol of Lakshmi and Sri
- Garg, Gaṅgā Rām. (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world, Volume 2. p. 348.
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