Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja Hindu god Vishnu or his Avatar Krishna

Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja is the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant to the Hindu god Vishnu or his Avatar
Krishna. This holy ceremony is performed anytime between the Prabodhini Ekadashi and the Karthik
Purnima in the month of Karthik. It is believed that Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja is an incarnation of Goddess
Lakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Vishnu. This plant possesses different healing qualities that improve
the brain and body.It is believed that every person who follows the tradition of marrying Tulsi to Lord
Vishnu earns the credit of performing Kanyadaan. Tulsi plant is dressed up and decorated with
traditional ornaments to make her look like a bride. An image of Lord Vishnu or a stone is taken to
depict the groom. To begin the marriage ceremony, the couple is joined by cotton thread.
Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja is an important ritual performed in Kartik month in traditional Hindu calendar.
Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja festival is the wedding of Tulsi plant to Lord Vishnu. Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja is
performed by some communities on the Ekadasi day after Amavasi in Kartik month and by some
communities on the Dev Diwali day or the full moon day in Kartik Month.Tulsi Vivah is an age-old
tradition and is mentioned in the Padma Purana and other ancient scriptures. Tulsi, or the Holy Basil, is
the sacred plant of the Hindus and symbolizes purity and is famous for its medicinal properties.Legend
has it that a king named Jalandhar got a boon that he will remain immortal as long as his wife Vrinda is
chaste. This made King Jalandhar arrogant and he declared war on other kings, demi gods and started
tormenting innocent people.Finally, the task of annihilating King Jalandhar fell on Lord Vishnu.
Maa Tulsi is venerated and paid special admiration from the bottom of heart as a goddess in Hindu
culture and sometimes considered a wife of Vishnu and sometimes with the epithet Vishnupriya who is
the beloved of Lord Vishnu. As per Padma Purana, Tulsi was the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi who
was born as Vrinda. She was married to demon King Jalandhar. She prayed with all the vigor and
protected her demon husband from all the Gods. Since every bad thing has to end one day, Jalandhar's
end also came. At the request of all the Gods, Lord Vishnu converted himself as Vrinda's husband and
started living with her. On discovering the truth, she cursed Lord Vishnu and converted him into a stone
which was named Shaligram. She also cursed him to get separated from his wife in the next birth as Lord
Rama. This actually came true when he took his avatar as Lord Rama, he soon lost his wife, Goddess Sita
as the demon king Ravana kidnapped her. Vrinda then drowned herself in the ocean, and the gods or
Vishnu himself transferred her soul to a plant, which was henceforth called as Tulsi. Now, Lord Vishnu
eagerly wanted to get back in his original form and for this matter in his next birth married Tulsi on
Prabodhini Ekadashi. To commemorate this event, the ceremony of Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi Puja is performed.
Another minor legend narrates that Lakshmi slew a demon on this day and remained on earth as the
Tulsi plant. From then, it is believed that Lord Vishnu is worshiped using Tulsi leaves and this started the
custom of Tulsi Vivah. She is very dear to Lord Vishnu and a ceremonial marriage takes place every year.

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