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Gauna Ekadashi Tulasi Vivah

 Gauna Ekadashi Tulasi Vivah

As per the Hindu Scriptures, Tulasi is a very auspicious plant worshipped by all devotees. This plant is also referred to as ‘ Vishnu priya’ or a favourite of Lord Vishnu. Thus, no Lord Vishnu Puja is complete without the Tulasi plant leaves. The Tulasi plant is believed to possess the soul of an ardent Vishnu devotee. Thus, Tulasi is married off to Lord Vishnu on this auspicious day.

 

Story Behind Tulasi Vivah

 

As per the Hindu Scripture, Padma Purana, the story behind Tulasi Vivah revolves around a queen named Vrinda who was married to the demon-king Jalandhar. She was an ardent Vishnu devotee to the extent that her devotional powers made her husband invincible, undefeated even by Lord Shiva himself.

 

Lord Vishnu was then approached for help and he disguised himself as Jalandhar to destroy her chastity, the real source of his power. King Jalandhar was then killed by Lord Shiva. Vrinda cursed Vishnu to become black in colour and that he would be separated from his wife. Vrinda then drowned herself in the ocean, and Lord Vishnu himself transferred her divine soul to a plant, Tulasi and also blessed her to marry Lord Vishnu himself in the next birth.

 

Why is it Celebrated

 

The Tulsi wedding signifies the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the Hindu wedding season.

 

Muhurat

 

The shubh Tithi begins at 9:12 am on 11th November, 2016 to 6:23 am on 12th November, 2016.

 

Benefits

 

Tulsi Vivah marks the ceremonial marriage of Tulsi plant (holy Basil) to Lord Vishnu or his incarnated form Lord Krishna. Performing it is considered highly auspicious and good for couples. Popular belief is that performing the wedding ceremony of marrying Tulsi to Vishnu considering her as their daughter is equal to performing Kanyadan.

 

Products to perform the puja

 

The marriage between Tulasi plant and Lord Vishnu is conducted on the lines of a Hindu traditional marriage. The rituals include:

 

  • Devotees may fast on this day until evening.
  • Tulasi Vivah is generally conducted in house premises.
  • A mandap is created in the area where the Tulasi is planted.
  • The bride Tulsi is clothed with a sari and ornaments including earrings and necklaces. A human face may also be attached wearing other marital ornaments like bindi and nose- ring.
  • The groom, Lord Vishnu is symbolised in the form of a paper image or a brass idol.
  • The bride and groom are then washed and decorated with flowers. They are then tied together in a single thread signifying marriage.
  • Vishnu is offered sandalwood-paste, men's clothing and some sacred thread. The bride is offered saris, turmeric, vermilion and a wedding necklace called Mangal-sutra, worn by married women.
  • Food and sweets are prepared on the lines of a traditional Hindu marriage.