Tulsi Vivah is a marriage ceremony of tulsi plant and Hindu God Krishna. In Hindu religion, Tulsi plant is considered as a Holy plant. Tulsi Vivah is observed in Prabodhini Ekadashi and on the eleventh day of the Kartik month before 3 days of Kartik Purnima according to the Hindu calendar. This year Tulsi Vivah or Tulsi wedding falls on 31 October. The Tulsi Vivah signifies the end of the monsoon and the starting of wedding season of Hindu religion. The day of Tulsi Vivha is also known as Devuthni Ekadashi and Dev uthani gyaras.
Tulsi Vivah Story
Tulsi is considered as a wife of god Vishnu and also named as Vishnupriya. According to the Hindu mythology, earlier tulsi was a girl named as Vrinda. She was married to demon Jalandhar, Lord Shiva could not defeat Jalandhar they asked Lord Vishnu to kill the demon king. Lord Vishnu represented himself as king Jalandhar among Vrinda.
Jalandhar lost his power due to Lord Vishnu and then Lord Shiva killed him. Vrinda cursed Lord Vishnu to become black and to separated with his wife Lakshmi, which was fulfilled. Vrinda suicides after that and god transferred her soul to the holy plant which was henceforth known as Tulsi. Lord Vishnu also married to Tulsi in his Krishna avatar.
Tulsi Pooja / Tulsi Puja 2017
Hindu People perform Tulsi puja on the day of Tulsi Vivah and also many people conduct Tulsi wedding traditionally with Lord Krishna at home or in the temple. They build mandap and decorate tulsi plant with red chunni or red sari. Tulsi plant is usually planted in port for the wedding ceremony. They also decorate idol of Lord Krishna with new clothes, flowers, and shringar. The couple is linked with a Moli (red cotton thread) in the ceremony. Devotees also offer saries and shringar things to Tulsi which is further offered to Brahman.