OM Tulsayei Vidmahe
Vishnu Priyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Vrinda Prachodayat.
The celebration of Tulsi Vivah festival takes place on a grand scale in India every year.Tulsi Puja is dedicated to Tulsi, the sacred plant. Tulsi Vivah is the other name for celebration of Tulsi Pooja.
Tulsi Vivah—: Tulsi vivah is a grand festivity that has a lot of significance for Hindus.There is an interesting legend behind the celebration of Tulsi vivah festival.Tulsi is considered to be an incarnation of Maha Lakshmi who was born as Vrinda in her previous birth.Tulsi was married to a demon king Jalandhar.She offered prayers to Lord Vishnu to protect her husband from being harmed by any God.Several Gods approached Lord Vishnu and requested him to take the form of Jalandhar and live with Tulasi without letting her know about the truth. To know the complete story read on. Lord Vishnu agreed to the request and did as told by other Gods.After the death of Vrindas husband when truth was known to her she cursed Lord Vishnu and converted him into a stone i.e.Shaligram and after that she collapsed.From her body came out a tulsi plant.It is due to this reason that Vishnu puja is regarded incomplete without the presence of Tulsi leaves.Since then every year Tulsi is married to Lord Vishnu and the event is known as Tulasi Shaligram Vivah.It is said that the person who performs the custom of giving away Tulsi to Lord Vishnu considering her to be his own daughter is considered to earn the credit of performing kanyadan. Tulsi vivah is conducted on the next day after Kartiki Akadashi.As a part of festivity celebration, tulsivrindavan is adorned like a bride. Along with tulsi the plants of amla sugarcane and tamarind are planted.Special feast is prepared consisting of delicious vegetarian dishes.A full meal consisting of puri rice sweet potato kheer moongachi gathi red pumpkin vegetable is offered to Tulsi Vrindavan in the afternoon time.The ceremony of wedding takes place during evening.Several dishes made from poha are served to Lord Vishnu. Prasad is then distributed amongst all.This ceremonial day marks the beginning of the auspicious marriage season for Hindus.
In Udaipur Tulsi Vivah is celebrated at Jagdish Temple. On this day early in the morning Mangle Aarti is performed then devotees performed the Panchamrit Snan – (bathing of the Lord with 5 auspicious liquids). They are – Milk, Curd ,Ghee, Sugar and Honey,after that god is being dressed in Orange color cloth and decorated as a bride.Vivah ceremony took place late in the evening according to custom.large numbers of devotees gathered over there. During Vivah ceremony, women did performed songs about Tulsi Vivah and song for Tulsi and god as well.this year this celebration was most remembering celebration as the day was full of rain so things were totally different this year and devotees enjoyed the festival and from now onwards marriage season is on …………….!!!!!!!
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