Tulsi Vivaah is the mythical marriage of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the tulsi plant (holy basil). In the Hindu mythology, tulsi is considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, and therefore unison of Gods and Goddesses is observed with great pomp and show all over the country. Tulsi Vivaah is celebrated on the Dwadashi (12th day) of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) during the month of Kartik, as per the Hindu calendar. Even though this ceremony can be observed any time between the Prabodhini Ekadashi (11th day) to Kartik Poornima. In some places it is celebrated for a period of five days, ending on the full moon day of the Kartik month. Tulsi Vivaah marks the end of the monsoon season and the start of the Hindu wedding season. The actual day of Tulsi Vivaah differs from one region to another.

The Tulsi Vivaah puja is observed by married women all over India for the well-being of their husband and family members. The tulsi plant is considered by the Hindus and Tulsi herself is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Mahalakshmi, who was earlier born as ‘Vrinda’. Young women pray to Goddess Lakshmi with full devotion to seek marital bliss. Tulsi Vivaah rituals are also observed by young, unmarried women to get good husbands.

Tulasi Vivah 2017 was on November 01 Wednesday

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Tulasi Vivah

Tulasi Vivah

Rituals of Tulsi Vivaah:

  • The marriage ceremony of the Lord Krishna with Tulsi resembles much like any traditional Hindu wedding. The rituals are observed in various temples; however one can easily perform the Tulsi Vivaah at their home.
  • The observer of the Tulsi Vivaah must keep the fast till the evening, when the actual ceremonies begins.
  • An attractive mandap is made around the tulsi plant suing the sugarcane stalks and is decorated with colourful rangoli. The tulsi plant is then beautifully adorned with bright sari, earrings and other ornaments just like an Indian bride. Vermillion powder and turmeric is also applied on the tulsi plant. A face drawn on a paper is put on the Tulsi plant to which, nose-ring and a bindi is also attached.
  • The groom is depicted either as a brass idol or picture of Lord Vishnu. Sometimes even the ‘Shaligram Stone’, symbolic of Lord Vishnu is used for the puja. The image of Lord Krishna/Vishnu is then covered in a dhoti.
  • A special vegetarian lunch is prepared for this grandeur occasion. In most of the household’s puris, rice and dal, red pumpkin vegetable and a delicious sweet potato kheer is prepared. The prepared food is then kept aside for ‘bhog’ after the completion of marriage rituals.
  • The actual ceremony starts in the evening. As a part of the vivaah ceremony, both Lord Vishnu and Tulsi are given a bath and adorned with flowers, before the wedding. A yellow thread is used to link the couple together for the ceremony.
  • The tulsi Vivaah ceremony can either be performed by a priest or women in the house collectively perform the puja. The ritual can be performed by women of all age groups, but only widows are not allowed to participate in the tulsi Vivaah ceremony. The mantras are enchanted all throughout the wedding ceremony. At the completion of the marriage rites, the devotees shower rice mixed with vermillion on the newlyweds.
  • After the puja, a tulsi aarti is sung. Once the aarti is finished, the cooked food is offered as ‘bhog’ together with fruits. The prasad is then eaten together with family members and other guests.
  • A person who observes the Tulsi Vivaah should also eat a Tulsi leaf that is symbolic of Goddess Tulsi entering the devotee’s body. Prasad in the form of sweets are then distributed among all.

Important Timings On Tulasi Vivah

Sunrise01-Nov-2017 06:35 AM
Sunset01-Nov-2017 17:44 PM
Dwadashi Tithi Begins31-Oct-2017 18:56 PM
Dwadashi Tithi Ends01-Nov-2017 17:57 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Normally the expenses of the Tulsi Vivaah are borne by couples without daughters. They act as parents of tulsi and perform the ‘kanyadaan’, a ceremony of giving away their daughter tulsi to Lord Vishnu. In the Tulsi Vivaah ceremony all the bridal offerings are then given away to a Brahmin priest. Just like any Hindu marriage ceremony, Tulsi Vivaah is also commemorated with full enthusiasm and fervour. By performing this auspicious marriage ceremony, women desire to bring happiness, prosperity and wealth in their life. Tulsi Vivaah celebrations are held in various temples all over India with great grandeur. The celebrations are much more elaborate in the two Lord Rama temples in Saurashtra. A suitable wedding invitation is sent from the bride’s temple to the groom’s temple. A grand barat accompanied by dancing and singing devotees is received by the bride’s side. It is a popular belief that childless couples, who perform Tulsi’s kanyadaan, will soon be blessed with kids. Bhajans are sung all throughout the day and night and the ceremonies come to an end when Lord Vishnu along with his bride Tulsi comes back home. The Tulsi Vivaah is an ideal example of an Indian marriage.

Tulasi Vivah festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Tuesday, 4th of November
2015Monday, 23rd of November
2016Friday, 11th of November
2017Wednesday, 1st of November
2018Tuesday, 20th of November
2019Saturday, 9th of November
2020Thursday, 26th of November
2021Monday, 15th of November
2022Saturday, 5th of November
2023Friday, 24th of November
2024Wednesday, 13th of November
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