Tulsi Vivah as per the Gregorian calendar (Hindu Vedic calendar), is one of those selective days which are considered highly auspicious and it has its significance when it comes to Vedic astrology.
As per Indian religious scriptures, it is said and very strongly believed that worshipping, Tulsi and convening Tulsi marriages at home remove all the evil energies and all sorts of troubles at home or within the family members are also fixed. At the same time, wealth stifles and misfortunes also settle in the house.
If you often feel like that your house is inhabited by negative forces, then you should think of organizing a Tulsi wedding in your home followed with a Havana it becomes even more auspicious in case one should also organize a narration of Satyanarayana Katha, doing so brings exceptional benefits.
Tulsi Vivah 2023 puja will be performed on 24th November 2023, Friday
Dwadashi date begins - 06:39 a.m. on Nov 24th, 2023
Dwadashi date ends - 08:01 a.m. on Nov 25th, 2023
This festival reminds us of the ceremonial wedding or lord Vishu with the Tulsi plant (basil plant), which is often regarded as the resemblance of goddess Laxmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity). This is celebrated on the day of the lunar cycle (Moon transit or Chandra Gochar) or Dwadashi during Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month. The ceremony is feasted during Prabodhini Ekadashi and Kartik Purnima. Women's who are already married celebrate Tulsi marriage to get blessings to bring happiness to their wedding life while unmarried women celebrate it to have a more desirable partner.
There is a tale which is linked with Lord Vishnu which gave birth to the festival of Tulsi Vivah (basil wedding).
It is said that there was a monster king named Jalandhar who was notorious for his evil acts, however, the secret of behind his great success was the character of his wife Veranda or Pativrata Dharma (loyalty towards his partner). Veranda was so dedicated towards his husband that his loyalty made his husband almost undefeatable. She attained these spiritual powers due to his loyalty and from worshipping Lord Vishnu.
She was a firm believer and worshiper of Lord Vishnu and prayed continuously for the welfare of her husband.
To obstruct the evil acts and power of Jalandhar, Vishnu decided to dissolve the fondness of Vrinda, and he did so by taking the form of Jalandhar and touched Veranda. Jalandhar at the same time was fighting vigorously against the Devtas (gods), but as Veranda’s Sattva (Pativrata) was destroyed at the same moment Jalandhar got killed. At the same moment, Jalandhar's head fell into her lawn.
Vrinda after viewing this became furious and ached to know who killed his husband and the reason behind his death. As she came to know what exactly happened and also came to know that it was Lord Visnu who was standing right in front of her she cursed Lord Vishnu, She said that he will become a Shaligram rock and saying 'Just as you have tricked me for killing my husband with deceit, in the same way, your wife will also be Deceptively and you will also burn in the suffering of separation of your wife and you will take a birth in the death world (taking birth on earth as a human)' saying this, Vrinda became Sati with her husband. It was due to the curse of Vrinda that Lord Shri Ram was born in Ayodhya and he had to suffer Sita's separation.
As Lord, Vishnu was cursed by Vrinda, and as she was his true follower and worshiper Lord Vishnu accepted her curse and finally became a Shaligram rock. Everyone was horrified including the God's and Devtas (who belong to the god's land Swarg) as the entire universe became unstable as the Lord Vishnu is known as the guardian of the universe and he was now in the form of a rock, all Devtas's along with goddess Laxmi prayed Vrinda to take his curse back, where Vridha was turned to ashes and the Tulsi (basil) plant grew.
Lord Vishnu at this time told Vrinda that she has loved him more than the goddess Laxmi while following the Sattva (Pativrata) and due to this he was happy from her sacrifice and said that she will always stay next to him as a Tulsi plant and since then every year in the month of Dev-Uthaavanee Ekadashi's day is celebrated as the day of Tulsi Vivah, and anyone who worships Shaligram form of Lord Vishnu gets immense fame in this world and beyond.
The Tulsi plant is said to be at the form of Goddess Lakshmi, and Vrinda is one of her incarnations. In the next life, on the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu married Tulsi in Shaligram form. Thus, the Tulsi wedding ceremony entails the marriage of a Shaligram stone from a Tulsi plant.
Tulsi Vivah can be celebrated either in a temple or either at home. Usually either a fast or Tulsi Vivah is performed until evening. The festival is celebrated and begins with by giving a bath to the idol of Lord Vishnu and the Tuli plant (basil plant), the idol is decorated with garlands. Tulsi plant is decorated with a red colour sari, jewellery and bindi just like a bride. Lord Vishu's idol is draped with a dhoti. A thread is used to tie the knot to unite the pairs.
The festival ends by applying the Sindoor on the idol of Lord Vishnu and Tulsi plant (basil) followed with sprinkling rice by the people participating in the tulsi Vivah followed by distributing Prashad (usually sweets and fruits or special desserts prepared which are first offered to the deity and later to the people taking part in the religious ceremony).
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