Friday, November 8, 2019

Tulsi Vivah Tomorrow! Know its Shubh Muhurat and Associated Rituals

Tulsi Vivah is a religious festival celebrated by the followers of Hinduism. This festival is always celebrated on the Tithi of Shukla Ekadashi or Dwadashi of Kartik month. Ekadashi of Kartik month’s Shukla Paksha is called Dev Uthni Ekadashi. On this day, Lord Vishnu wakes up after sleeping continuously for four months. A day after this, the marriage of Lord Vishnu is organized with his beloved Tulsi by following all the rites and rituals.

In the current year, Tulsi Vivah will be celebrated on 9 November, 2019. As per the Hindu Panchang, this day will also coincide with Dwadashi Tithi. Hence, Tulsi Vivah will be celebrated on this day only. According to the Shastras, the Tulsi Vivah ceremony can be organized at any point of time between Dev Uthani Ekadashi and Kartik Purnima. 

Tulsi Vivah Muhurat

Dwadasi Tithi Begins8 November 2019From 12:26:21 PM
Dwadasi Tithi Ends9 November 2019To 02:41:33 PM

Note: The time period given above is applicable for New Delhi, India only. Click Here to know the appropriate Muhurat for your city or town.

What is the Relationship Between Lord Vishnu and Tulsi? 

The plant Tulsi has always been given a pious status in Hindu culture and religion. This explains the reason why this particular plant’s residence is seen in each and every Hindu household. It is filled with medicinal qualities. From the religious point of view, this very plant is considered an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, who happens to be the consort of Vishnu Ji. 

This is the reason why Tulsi is very dear to Lord Vishnu and on the day of Tulsi Vivah only, the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Tulsi Mata is commenced by following all the necessary rites and rituals. On this occasion, Shri Hari Narayan is decorated as the groom and Tulsi like a bride and their marriage ceremony is performed. This day also marks the official arrival of the season of marriage. 

Tulsi Vivah Vidhi 

  • On this day, each and every family member should wake up early and wear new clothes after taking a holy bath. 
  • The one who performs the Kanyadaan should observe fast on this day until the time when the marriage gets commenced. 
  • As per the Shubh Muhurat, place a Tulsi plant in your courtyard.
  • Tulsi Vivah can be commemorated at your terrace or any Temple, according to your convenience.
  • Plant a sugarcane in the soil/pot in which the Tulsi is planted and place a red drape over it to create a Mandap.
  • Do not forget to keep a Shaligram stone in the same pot.
  • This stone will act as a symbol of Lord Vishnu.
  • Apply Haldi/turmeric over the Tulsi plant and the Shaligram stone. 
  • Prepare a mixture of milk and turmeric and apply it over the Tulsi and Shaligram stone thoroughly. 
  • Apply some of the mixture to the Mandap too. 
  • Now, organize a Puja and make offerings of flowers and fruits.
  • As soon as the puja is commenced, place a subsequent amount of camphor on the Puja palate and then burn it. 
  • Use the same to perform the Aarti of the Tulsi plant in the Shaligram stone.
  • At the end, circumambulate around the Tulsi plant for eleven times and then distribute the offerings among the members of the household.

Tulsi Vivah : Importance 

From the religious, spiritual and medical point of view, the organization of Tulsi Vivah is very important. As we all know, the Tulsi plant is given a quite auspicious status. Its very presence fills the entire environment with positive energy. Therefore, it is effective and capable of eliminating many diseases. From a religious perspective, it can be stated that natives who take part in this marriage get an ample amount blessings from Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.

Maa Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth. It is only because of her blessings that prosperity flows into one’s life. As a result, one doesn’t experience dearth of money and remains in an affluent state. At the same time, Lord Vishnu is the preserver of this Universe. His benediction helps one to attain great heights of success.

Mythological beliefs state that Tulsi Vivah should not be held in a house where there is no daughter. All the auspicious rituals that take place in Hindu religion are marked by the organization of Tulsi Vivah only.

Tulsi Vivah: Associates Mythological Legends 

It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had a third son, who is said to be the beholder of demonic instincts. He believed that his position was over all the Gods and Goddesses. Named Jalandhar, he was married to a lady named Vrinda, who happened to be one of the most prominent devotees of Lord Vishnu. He would repeatedly torment the Gods with his supreme powers, but the deities failed to kill Jalandhar because of Vrinda’s devotion. At last, the Gods approached Lord Vishnu to put an end to Jalandhar and their plight.

While offering a solution, Vishnu gave the advice of robbing Vrinda’s chastity. To do so, he appeared infront of Vrinda as Jalandhar and disrobed her chastity. Only then, all the Gods were able to put an end to Jalandhar. When the innocent Vrinda got to know about this, she cursed Lord Vishnu. Immediately, all the Gods approached Vrinda and pleaded in front of her to withdraw the curse, to which Vrinda obligated immediately. But Lord Vishnu took the form of a stone to attain atonement. This stone is called Shaligram.

Afterwards, Vrinda committed Sati with her husband, Jalandhar and a Tusli plant emerged out of her ashes. Not only this, Lord Vishnu never gave up his redemption and gave the highest status to the Tulsi plant and declared that he won't consume any meal without Tulsi. Afterwards, the Gods revered Vrinda for committing Sati and commenced her marriage with Shaligram. The day on which Tulsi Vivah was commenced happened to be Dev Uthani Ekadashi, which is why Tulsi marriage ceremony is organized every year during Dev Uthani Ekadashi. 

AstroSage offers the best wishes of Tulsi Vivah. We hope that you keep receiving the abundant blessings of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Thankyou for staying connected with us!!

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