Monday, 26 November 2012
Tulsi Vivah 2012 - Ceremonial Hindu Event
Tulsi Vivah is a ceremonial marriage of divine Tulsi plant to Hindu Vishnu god or one of his avatars, Krishna. Tulsi Vivah is practiced on Shukla Paksha's Ekadashi in Kartik month as per Hindu calendar. Tulsi vivah signifies the end of monsoon and start of Hindu marriage season.
In Hindu religion, Tulsi is considered as a deity. Tulsi is known as an embodiment of Shri Mahalakshmi, and Tulsi had tied the knot to demon King Jalandhar. Because of her love and devotion towards Lord Vishnu, King Jalandhar became invincible. Even powerful Lord Shiva could not get victory on Jalandhar and requested Lord Vishnu to search for solution on this issue. Lord Vishnu converted himself as Jalandhar and violated Vrinda. Tulsi's chastity ruined and then Lord Shiva destroyed King Jalandhar. Because of this Vrinda got highly frustrated and cursed Vishnu to become completely black and he would be distinguished from his life partner. Then Vrinda burnt herself on her husband's funeral because of shame. The Vishnu or gods shifted her soul to plant and gave Tulsi name and blessed her that in next birth he shall wed Vrinda. Though on Kartik Ekadashi, Tulsi plant marriages with Lord Vishnu in the form of Shaligram.