Tulsi Vivah

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Tulsi Vivah

Legend relating to Tulsi 

According to Padma Purana, Tulsi plant was actually a woman named Vrinda.

She was wife of demon Jalandhar (who was born when the third eye heat of Shiva was absorbed by ocean). Being born out of Shiva’s third eye & ocean, he demanded being worshipped as God & getting all the nectar’s that were obtained by ocean churning. Refusing to his desires demigods had to fight with him. Due to Vrinda’s purity & chastity, he became invincible. At that time to defeat him, Vishnu disguised as Jalandhar took away her chastity; hence Jalandhar lost his invincibility & was defeated. Losing her husband & her chastity, Vrinda cursed Vishnu to become black & to get separated from his wife. This curse was accomplished by Vishnu becoming Shaligram in Gandika river & by Ram losing Sita during one of his incarnations. And after that Vrinda became Sati on his husband’s pyre. Watching this, Vishnu transferred gave her a boon that she will be worshipped in this world as Tulsi plant & her soul will reside with him in his supreme abode as her consort also.

Vrinda is actually believed as Radha Rani’s immediate associate. She was responsible of taking care of all the worldly desires for Krishna, and for the same she made a Garden specially dedicated for his past time. That garden was known as Vridavan. Delighted by her services, Radha once arranged throne for her & Krishna, where when they were seated, Lalitha recited mantras for them for marriage. Thus Vrinda got Krishna.

To follow Radha’s boon to Vrinda, every year Tulsi is married to Krishna ( Vishnu’s incarnation) on 11th day of Karthik month (bright half of moon).

According to another legend, Tulsi was obtained during churning of the ocean & was called the younger sister of Laksmi. She wanted to marry Vishnu, but as Laksmi was already married to him, she did not like her idea and so cursed her of becoming a plant. But Vishnu, being merciful, declared he will remain close to her in his Shaligram form.

Rituals Of the Marriage

The couple who does not have a female child takes this opportunity to do the kanyadaan of Tulsi. They observe fast on that day. The marriage altar is made around the plant with sugarcane & branches of Amla & tamarind. The pot in which Tulsi plant is planted is painted white. Then rangoli is made around it. In the evening, the plant is adorned with red dress followed by bangles around its branches.

Then the Shaligram( Vishnu) is seated & honoured. Then the garland is exchanged followed by Kanyadaan, they are tied together with strong knot( with a cotton thread) & made to take 7 vows, impart vermillion & mangal sutra. And finally pani garahan is done.

Spiritual significance of the marriage

Tulsi resembles spirituality, and its marriage with the Vishnu( the supreme) resembles our soul’s accord with the supreme being.
A specific time is given for the performance of the marriage ritual. It is believed that during this time, the frequencies of Lakshmi & Vishnu increase on earth i.e. frequencies of water & fire (The meeting of these two frequencies is termed as marriage). Thus when one paints the pot white & makes Rangoli he invites those frequencies to get into him & empower him with activeness & coolness.

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