Tulsi Vivah 2023: A Celebration of Love, Faith, and…
Tulsi Vivah is a Hindu festival in which a ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi with God Shaligram or Amla branch is held. The Tulsi wedding signifies the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the wedding season in Hinduism. The ceremonial festival is performed anytime between Prabodhini Ekadashi and Kartik Poornima, and Sundarkand Path is also a part of the ceremony.
Tulsi is revered as a goddess in Hinduism and is sometimes considered a wife of Vishnu, with the epithet, “Vishnupriya,” “the beloved of Vishnu”. The legend behind Tulsi Vivah and its rites are told in Padma Purana’s scripture.
According to Hindu scripture, the Tulsi plant was a woman named “Vrinda”. She was married to the Asura king Jalandhar, who became invincible due to her piety and devotion to Vishnu. Even the Devtas could not defeat Jalandhar, so they requested Vishnu – the preserver in the Trinity – to find a solution. When leaving for war, Vrinda promised Jalandhar to do Sankalpa for his victory till he returned, but Lord Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar, and she saw him; she left her Sankalpa and touched his feet. With her Sankalpa destroyed, Jalandhar lost his power and was killed by Shiva, and his head fell in Vrinda’s palace.
Seeing this, she realized it was not her husband but Lord Vishnu. Vrinda cursed Lord Vishnu to become Shaligram and to be separated from his wife, Lakshmi. It was later fulfilled when he was transformed into the black Shaligram stone (actually a fossil), and in his Rama avatar, he was separated from his wife, Sita. She was kidnapped by the asura king Ravana. Vrinda then drowned herself in the ocean, and the gods (or Vishnu himself) transferred her soul to a plant, which was subsequently called Tulsi.
As per a blessing by Vishnu to marry Vrinda in her next birth, Vishnu – in form of Shaligram – married Tulsi on Prabodhini Ekadashi. To commemorate this event, the ceremony of Tulsi Vivah is performed.
Significance of Tulsi Vivah in Hindu Religion
On the day of Devuthani Gyaras or tulsi Ekadashi (Devuthani Ekadashi 2023), there is a tradition where devotees offer Sri Hari Vishnu ‘Tulsi Dal’ (branch or leaf of holy basil plants). According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu- goddess tulsi’s husband, takes the form of the stone Shaligram (a kind of stone) on this day and marries the Holy Basil plant (Tulsi Mata)
Tulsi Vivah is a blissful ritual for those who undertake or participate in it. The Tulsi marriage is an act of virtue as much as an unmarried girl getting married. Beliefs say that Lord Vishnu showers immense blessings on the one who solemnizes the marriage with proper devotion & Aastha.
Tulsi Vivah Ritual
These are the rituals associated with Tulsi Vivah.
- During this day, all the family members must wake up early and take holy baths before wearing new clothes.
- The Tulsi Vivah Pooja & rituals can be performed by the priest or any house woman near the vishnu tulsi plant, irrespective of age.
- A person who intends to perform Kanyadaan should fast on this day until the wedding commences.
- Temple or home is the ideal place for Puja.
- The area surrounding the Tulsi plant is decorated exquisitely with flowers and rangoli. Similar to Hindu marriage, the Mandap is beautifully created & embellished with flowers & sugarcane is planted right inside the Tulsi pot.
- Goddess Tulsi is bathed and covered with a red cloth adorned with ornaments similar to a bride & a paper face is attached to it.
- Lord Vishnu’s idol is symbolized as a groom wrapped in a dhoti.
- Shaligraam stone is also used in this ritual which is kept inside the Tulsi pot.
- A sacred yellow thread is tied between the idol & Tulsi plant. Throughout the vivah, mantras are chanted.
- Following the completion of the marriage rites, rice mixed with vermillion is showered on the newlyweds.
- Immediately after the Puja, Tulsi aarti is sung.
- After the aarti, Satvik Bhojan is served to the newlywed couples & then between the family members.
Samagri For Tulsi Vivah Puja
Here’s the list of Samagri required for Tulsi Pooja Vidhanam
- One pot with Tulsi plant
- Photo or idol of Lord Vishnu along with Shaligram stone
- Two wooden chowkis
- A Kalash
- Two pieces of red cloth
- One piece of yellow cloth along with yellow thread
- An idol of Lord Ganesh
- Bunch of flowers
- Durva grass, coconut with husk & paan leaves
- One Mauli
- Five types of fruits & dry fruits
- Four sugarcanes
- Banana shoots
- One packet of haldi, kumkum & roli
- Mehendi, Bangles & necklace
- Saree & bindi
- Red fabric chunni for Tulsi Mata
- Cotton wicks
- Wooden lamps
- One bottle of perfume
- White dhoti
- Incense sticks & camphor
- Mango leaves
- Colors for Rangoli
- Two varmalas
How to Find Pandit for Tulsi Vivah With SmartPuja?
The Hindu religion deems Tulsi Vivah Puja highly promising when performed through proper Vedic rituals. But in today’s modern era, finding qualified & experienced pandits or purohits who can perform Tulsi Vivah Puja in moral Vedic tradition is quite arduous. Furthermore, it becomes very tough for devotees to find the Shaligram Tulsi (stone) & other samagris that are required for this Puja.
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FAQs Related To Tulsi Vivah Puja
Yes, an unmarried girl can perform Tulsi Puja for early marriage because beliefs say it will help her find a suitable life partner.
Vishnu Vivah before marriage is performed by those females who have Manglik dosha or second marriage yoga. By doing this Puja, they can lead a happy life without worrying about any obstacles caused by the adverse effects of the evil planets in their birth charts.
Since silver is a sacred and pure metal, Silver Tulsi Plant is a beautiful alternative to actual Tulsi plants. This auspicious plant bestows good luck.
According to Vastu shastra, Shri-tulsi is the best Tulsi plant because of its green leaves. Planting this type of Tulsi brings luck to your life.
According to Vastu shastra, Tulsi should be placed in a house’s center, northeast, east or north sides.
According to the Hindu shastra, there are certain days when water and Puja are not offered to Tulsi Maa. Those certain days are Sunday & Ekadashi days because it is believed that pouring water or performing Pooja on these days will allow hostile forces to enter your house.
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