Among the plenty of rich, religious Hindu festivals, Tulsi Vivah is another important festivity of Hindus, following by the Hindu marriage season commence. Tulsi Vivah is a ceremonial marriage between the Tulsi plant and Lord Vishnu (Hindu god Shaligram or Lord Krishna).
Tulsi Vivah takes place in November, in Prabodhini Ekadashi (Devotthan Ekadashi– the 11th/12th lunar day of bright fortnight), in the Hindu month Kartik. In temples and houses, people celebrate this traditional wedding, keep Tulsi Vivah fasting until the ceremony begins in the evening with proper Tulsi Vivah Vidhi (ritual). Tulsi plant is decorated with flowers and ornaments like a bride and worshiped.
A ‘Mandap’ (wedding booth) is decorated around the courtyard/lawn, where the plant is generally planted in the house, called Tulsi Vrindavana. People believe goddess Tulasi or Vrinda resides in the plant the whole night and leaves in the morning. During the function, the wedding couple gets tied with a ceremonial cotton thread, Tulsi Vivah puja (prayer) is performed with Tulsi Vivah arati by reciting Tulsi Vivah mantra. Thereafter, devotees listen to Tulsi Vivah Katha at the end of the ceremony.
Significance of Tulsi Vivah:
The significance of Tulsi Vivah is enormous, as it regains devotees’ faith in good time and eliminates negativity from their surroundings.
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