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Tulsi Vivah is the ceremonial marriage of the sacred plant Tulsi (holy basil) to the Hindu god Vishnu or his Avatar Krishna. Tulsi vivah vrata is performed on the Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha (Brighter Lunar Phase) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik.
Tulsi vivah marks the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the Hindu wedding season.
In Hinduism, Tulsi is worshipped as a deity. She is considered as an incarnation of Sri Mahalakshmi. As per legends, it is said that Tulsi plant was a woman named Vrinda in her earlier birth, and she was married to the demon-king Jalandhar. Due to her devotion to Lord Vishnu, her husband became invincible. Even Lord Shiva could not defeat Jalandhar and asked Lord Vishnu to find a solution to this. Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar and violated Vrinda. Her chastity destroyed and then Jalandhar was killed by Lord Shiva. Due this Vrinda got extremely angry and cursed Lord Vishnu to become black in colour and he would be separated from his wife. Vrinda then burnt herself on her husband’s funeral due to the shame. The gods or Vishnu transferred her soul to a plant and gave the name of Tulsi and blessed her that he shall marry Vrinda in her next birth.Hence on the day of Kartik Ekadashi, Tulsi plant is married to Lord Vishnu in the form of a Shaligram.
Hence, it is also believed that any Vishnu Puia is considered incomplete without tulsi leaves.
In 2012, Tulsi Vivah will be celebrated on 24th November 2012.

Tulsi Vivah Rituals :

For performing the ceremony of Tulsi Vivah, a tulsi plant which is usually older than three years is selected and a tulsi mandap is made in front of the house. Tulsi plant is decorated like a bride. Then sugarcane sticks, tamarind and amla branches are placed alongside the tulsi pot and it is worshiped with haldi and kumkum.
In the evening, saligram Shila (stone) is kept next to the tulsi plant and the ceremony of tulsi vivah is performed following all rituals of a normal Hindu Wedding.

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