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11/24/2023, 5:30:00 AM
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Tulsi wedding, the solemn marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil) to Lord Vishnu is held in the month of Kartik in the Indian calendar. It is mentioned in Padma Purana and other ancient scriptures. This ceremony is performed between Prabodhini Ekadashi and Kartik Purnima, i.e. anytime in October or November. The actual days of tulsi vivah differ from one region to another. The tulsi plant is a variety of herbs known as basil. The festival known as Tulsi and Tusli Vivaha is a beautiful symbolic story that resonates even today.
According to ancient scriptures, a demon called Jalandhar threatened the gods. Jalandhar's wife, Vrinda, is known as a devoted wife. His steadfast loyalty prevented Jalandhar from losing the war. Besides devotion to her husband, Vrinda is also devoted to Lord Vishnu. Vrinda's devotion is broken due to divine deception. A fierce battle ensued. The gods asked Vishnu for help. Vishnu wanted to help them, but could not kill Jalandhar because of his promise to his wife Lakshma, whom he considered his brother. Thus, Deva was defeated by Asuras (demons) and Jalandhar became the king of heaven, earth and pataal (net universe).
Knowing that Jalandhar cannot be defeated without breaking Vrinda's devotion, Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Jalandhar. As a result, Vrinda's commitment was broken. Jalandhar was defeated in the battle and died as he lost all his senses. Vrinda was very sad to hear of Jalandhar's death. Knowing this act of lying, he cursed Lord Vishnu, "Just as I was deceived in my love affairs, so will your wife be deceived." He also said that Lord Vishnu will transform into what people will recognize as Shaligram. Due to the curse of Vrinda, Lord Vishnu is said to have taken the form of Dasharath's son Shri Ram. Later, he had to endure the pain of separation from Sita when she was kidnapped.
The married women keep a fast and perform the Tulsi vivah for the well-being of husband and members of the family. The daughterless couples pay for the arrangements so that they may get the punya of kanyadaan. Widows cannot take part in these celebrations. The vivah takes place at homes, temples and with changing times in halls and hotels as well. Changing times have changed our thinking also. The blatant patriarchy in this myth, which gives the women a secondary status becomes obvious. Jalandhar’s power is because of Vrinda’s chastity. Vrinda can pray for him, but why cannot she dissuade him from following the wrong path? And mere touching Vishnu’s feet shatters her chastity! And she must immolate herself in the fire! Myths should be accepted as myths and taken with a pinch of salt.
When is Tulsi Vivah 2023?
Know Puja timings:
According to Drik Panchang, Tulsi Vivah will be on November 24 (Friday).
Dwadashi Tithi Begins: 9:01 pm on November 23 (Thursday)
Dwadashi Tithi Ends: 7:06 pm on November 24 (Friday)
Shubh Muhurat: 6:50 am to 12:07 pm on November 24.
How to perform tulsi vivah at Home?
You can do the Tulsi Vivah Puja Vidhi in the convenience of your own home. One of the essential Hindu practices for every event is fasting. Consequently, on this day, followers observe fast. After the ritualistic offering in the evening, the fast is broken. With the eCraftIndia collection, you may purchase Lord Vishnu idols online.
Wash the Lord Vishnu statue, decorate it with flowers, and give it a mala. Also, give the Tulsi plant a bath.
Make the Tulsi plant into a bride and get her ready. You might envelop her in a crimson fabric and dress her up with accessories like bangles and bindis. Place incense holders around the plant.
Put a sacred thread between the tulsi and the statue of Lord Vishnu.
Invoke tulsi and shaligram by offering them flowers and fruits.
Distribute prasad to loved ones and other worshippers following the completion of puja and aarti.
Additionally, you may recite the Tulsi Vivah Vrat Katha while singing devotional songs, after which you can give everyone some Prasad and Panchamrit.
Tulsi Vivah holds immense spiritual significance in Hinduism. It is believed that by performing this ritual, one can attain blessings for a happy and prosperous married life. The festival also signifies the importance of devotion and faith in one's relationship with their partner. The Tulsi plant is considered to be sacred and auspicious in Hinduism and is often worshipped as a symbol of Goddess Lakshmi. It is also known for its medicinal properties and is used in various Ayurvedic treatments. Therefore, by marrying the tulsi plant, devotees also seek blessings for good health and long life.
The legendary union between the tulsi plant and Sri Krishna, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, is known as the tulsi vivah (holy basil). Due to the belief that the herb tulsi is a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi in Hindu mythology, the union of the Gods and the Goddesses is celebrated with great fanfare and ceremony throughout the nation. The difficulties and barriers may be easily surmounted in a family in which the holy Tulsi is revered every day with complete devotion. Your health, riches, and long-term prosperity may all be attained by worshiping Tulsi. Beautiful torans, rangolis, and lights may be used to decorate your home.