Religious Festival Holds its Inherent Significance
Tulsi Vivah is an auspicious festival in the Hindu religion that involves the ceremonial wedding of goddess Tulsi (sacred basil) with Shaligram or the branch of Amla (believed to personify lord Vishnu).
The religious festival holds its inherent significance of being associated with the marriage of Tulsi with the Shaligram god. Moreover, it also signifies the ending of the monsoon season and the beginning of the wedding season in India.
Why Does The Ritual Of Tulsi Vivah Happen?
The ceremony of Tulsi Vivah happens, as it is mythologically believed that Lord Vishnu takes a nap for four months during Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi. When he wakes up (the period known as Devotthan Ekadashi), the first he does is marry Tulsi. That’s why married women perform the ritual of marrying Tulsi with Shaligram Bhagwan (personification of Vishnu) in the month of Kartik, every year between Prabodhini Ekadashi and Kartik Poornima.
Why Did Lord Vishnu Marry Tulsi?
Lord Vishnu married Tulsi because without it, defeating and slaying the demon king, Jalandhar was impossible. The catch here is, that Vrinda (a name of Tulsi) was the wife of Jalandhar, an extremely pious and staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu due to which the demon became invincible. So, Lord Vishnu had to corrupt the dignity of Vrinda by wearing the guise of her husband, which then resulted in the slaying of Jalandhar by lord Shiva.
After realising what happened to her, Vrinda cursed Lord Vishnu to turn into a stone, a name later known as Shaligram of Lord Vishnu. The curse also meant the separation of Lord Vishnu from his wife, Lakshmi. It manifested later when lord Rama (incarnation of Vishnu) got separated from his wife Sita during his exile. Vrinda became Tulsi in her next birth. Due to the blessings of Lord Vishnu, it was mandated to be a ritual to marry Shaligram god (Vishnu) with Tulsi, a ceremonial marriage without which no worship of Lord Vishnu would be deemed complete.
What Is The Significance Of Tulsi Vivah?
It is believed that the basil leaves offered to Lord Vishnu on Kartik earn a devotee good luck, peace, and prosperity. Shaligram puja on this month (Kartik) can turn one’s fate into prosperity. If Shaligram puja is done religiously and by following all the ritualistic methods, the devotees will never experience planetary doshas and other obstacles in their life. Shaligram kept alongside basil plant in any house becomes a place of happiness, peace, and prosperity.
Tulsi Vivah is one of the religious festivals in India celebrated by married women. On this day, devotees perform the ritual of marrying Tulsi with Shaligram god (personification of Lord Vishnu). The day is very auspicious and is believed to give the devotees many divine results in life, such as peace, happiness and prosperity.
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