Know About Tulsi Vivah Ritual, Story, and Importance
Tulsi Vivah is the main festival of Hinduism. Tulsi Vivah is celebrated on Ekadashi Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi. In Tulsi Vivah, Mata Tulsi is married to Lord Shaligram. It is believed that those who do not have daughters, marry Tulsi Ji with Lord Shaligram on this day, then they get the same result as Kanyadan. From this day people can start all auspicious works. Tulsi Vivah is incomplete without the story.
Story of Tulsi Vivah
According to mythological belief, a girl child was born in the demon clan whose name was Vrinda. She was immersed in devotion and the sadhana of Lord Vishnu since childhood. When Vrinda became eligible for marriage, her parents married her to a demon named Jalandhar, who was born from the churning of the ocean. Vrinda's husband Jalandhar became very powerful due to the service and devotion of Lord Vishnu.The gods and goddesses were afraid of the terror of Jalandhar.
Whenever Jalandhar went to war, Vrinda would sit down to perform puja rituals. Due to Vrinda's devotion to Vishnu and spiritual practice, no one could defeat Jalandhar in the battle. Once Jalandhar attacked the gods, all the gods were unable to defeat Jalandhar. Then in desperation, all the gods went to the shelter of Lord Vishnu and started contemplating ending the terror of Jalandhar.
Then Lord Vishnu took the form of Jalandhar with his illusion and by deceit destroyed Vrinda's virtuous religion. This reduced Jalandhar's power and he was killed in the battle. When Vrinda came to know about the deceit of Lord Vishnu, she cursed Lord Vishnu to become a rock. Seeing the Lord is made of stone, there was an outcry in all the gods and goddesses, then Mother Lakshmi prayed to Vrinda, then Vrinda withdrew her curse and was consumed by Sati along with Jalandhar herself.
When she became Sati, it is said that a Tulsi plant was made from the ashes of her body. Then a plant came out from her ashes, which Lord Vishnu named Tulsi and absorbed a form of himself in the stone, and said that from today I will not accept any offerings without Tulsi. This stone will be worshiped along with Tulsi Ji in the name of Shaligram. Since then, Tulsi Ji is also married to Lord Shaligram in the month of Kartik.
When is Tulsi Vivah?
Tulsi Vivah is performed every year on Ekadashi Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Kartik month. In many places, Tulsi marriage is also done on the day of Dwadashi. The Ekadashi date of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month is also called Devuthani Ekadashi.
Importance of Tulsi Vivah
It is said that by doing Tulsi Vivah, one gets the result of giving a daughter, so if someone does not have a daughter, then he must get the virtue of donating a girl by doing Tulsi Vivah once in his life. According to religious beliefs, on this day Goddess Tulsi went to Vaikunth Dham. The person who solemnizes Tulsi Vivah with law and order, the doors of his attainment of salvation are opened. Worshiping Tulsi and Shaligram fulfills all the wishes. Married life remains pleasant.
Ritual of Tulsi Vivah
Lay the seat on a clean wooden chowki.
Paint the pot with ocher and install goddess Tulsi on the wooden chowki.
Spread the seat on the second post also and install Shaligram on it.
The pavilion should be decorated with sugarcane over both posts.
Now keep an urn filled with water and put five or seven Ashopalav tree leaves in it and install it at the place of worship.
Now light a ghee lamp in front of Shaligram and Tulsi and do tilak with Roli or Kumkum.
Offer red-colored Chunari on Tulsi, adorn Tulsi with things like bangles, bindi, etc.
After that, carefully taking the Shaligram along with the post in the hands, one should do seven rounds of Tulsi.
After the worship is completed, perform the aarti of Goddess Tulsi and Shaligram and wish happiness and good fortune.
After the aarti, the marriage ceremony is completed with the Mangalgeet sung at the wedding.
Tulsi Vivah gives a lot of virtue. Talk to Astrologer to know how to worship in Tulsi Vivah.