Tulsi vivah marks beginning of Holy wedding season among the Hindus. Tulasi Vivah is the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil) to the Lord Vishnu or his Avatar Krishna in the form of Salagram Shila. This ceremony can be performed any time between Prabodhini Ekadashi – the eleventh lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month Kartik to the full moon of the month Kartik Poornima but usually it is performed on the eleventh or the twelfth lunar day. The day varies from region to region.
The Tulsi wedding signifies the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the Hindu wedding season. Tulsi is venerated as a goddess in Hinduism and considered a wife of god Vishnu in the form of Salagram Shila. She is often called as Vishnupriya, the beloved of Vishnu.
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The marriage of Tulsi with Vishnu/Krishna resembles the traditional Hindu wedding. This ceremony is conducted at homes and also at temples. A fast is observed on the Tulsi Vivah day till evening when the ceremony begins. A mandap (marriage booth) is built around the courtyard of the house where the Tulsi plant is planted.
The Tulsi plant is usually planted in centre of the courtyard in a brick plaster called Tulsi vrindavana. It is believed that the soul of Vrinda resides in the plant at night and leaves in the morning. The bride Tulsi is clothed with a sari and ornaments including earrings and necklaces.
A human paper face with a bindi and nose-ring – may be attached to Tulsi. The groom is a brass image or picture of Vishnu or Krishna or sometimes Balarama or more frequently the Shaligram stone – the symbol of Vishnu. The image is clothed in a dhoti.
Both Vishnu and Tulsi are bathed and decorated with flowers and garlands before the wedding. The couple is linked with a cotton thread (mala) in the ceremony.
This ceremony is mostly performed by women. The prasad of sugar-cane, coconut chips, fruits and groundnut is distributed to devotees.
The expenses of the wedding are usually borne by a daughter-less couple, who act as the parents of Tulsi in the ritual wedding. The giving away of the daughter Tulsi (kanyadaan) to Krishna is considered meritorious to the couple. The bridal offerings to Tulsi are given to a Brahmin priest or female ascetics after the ceremony.
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Simple Vivaha Prayog:
- One can dress Her pot in a nice Red skirt.
- One can adorn her branches with red bangles, red kum kum, and red bindhis.
- As a mangal sutra one can use a fresh or dried Haldi (tumeric) root.
- And garland her with red garlands.
- If you have a Shaligram you can perform the Vivaha for them as you would for any yajuman who would undergo it.
Kanya Sampradanam – Giving of the bride:
Mala Dharanam – exchange of garlands:
Mangal Sutra Dharanam – Placing of the sacred Tali:
Vastra Bandhanam – Tying their cloth, making their bond strong:
Saptapadi Grahanam – The symbolic taking of seven steps representing seven great sacrifices of Vivaha:
The couple take seven steps together symbolic of the journey of life which they are beginning and in which they will be inseparable companions. Each step is sanctified with a blessing.
- OM EKAM ISE VISNUH TVA NAYATU
“One: May Lord Visnu lead you to strength.”
- OM DVE URJE VISNUH TVA NAYATU
“Two: May Lord Visnu lead you to power.”
- OM TRINI VRATAYA VISNUH TVA NYATU
“Three: May Lord Visnu lead you to uphold your vows.”
- OM CATVARI MAYOBHAVAYA VISNUH TVA NAYATU
“Four: May Lord Visnu lead you to happiness.”
5.OM PANCA PASUBHYO VISNUH TVA NAYATU
“Five: May Lord Visnu lead you to plenty of cows.”
- OM SAD RAYAS POSAYA VISNUH TVA NAYATU
“Six: May Lord Visnu lead you to multiplying spiritual wealth.”
- OM SAPTA SAPRABHYO HOTRABHYO VISNUH TVA NAYATU
“Seven: May Lord Visnu lead you to maintain these seven sacrifices.”
Pani Grahanam – Joining Them in wedlock:
Taking of the Hand. The groom formally accepts the bride and takes her hand while reciting ritual formulae. Meditate upon Their holding hands and recite the following.
“For good fortune I join your hands so that you may attain old age in the company of your husband. The four Kumaras have given you to him for performance of household duties.
“Be gentle-eyed, protecting your husband. Be kind to the animals, be good minded, beautiful. Be the mother of heroes, mother of life, and dear to Lord Krsna, bringing the highest happiness. In this way be good to us all, both man and beast.
“May Vishnu generate progeny for you. May Lord Krsna keep you together until old age. Enter now your husband’s house, with auspiciousness. In this way be good to us, both man and beast.
“Oh Vishnu, impregnate her, make fine, strong sons in her. Put ten sons in her, make eleven men in their house.
“Be the ruler of your husband’s father. Be the ruler of your husband’s mother. Be the ruler of your husband’s sisters. Be the ruler of your husband’s brothers.
“May your heart be fixed on life’s higher goals. May your mind follow after that of your husband. With body and soul be devoted to his words. May Lord Visnu join you together.”
Shower them with akshata (dry uncooked rice coloured with tumeric).
OM ASMIN VIVAHA KARMANI
ANGA HINAM KRIYAN HINAM VIDHI HINAM CA YAD BHAVET
ASTU TAT SARVA ACCHIDRAM KRSNA KARSNA PRASADATAH
YAT KINCIT CAIGUNYAM JATAM
TAD DOSA PRASAMANAYA
SRI VISNU SMARANAM KAROMI
“May all deficiencies in rules and activities of the vivaha ceremony be absolved by the mercy of Lord Sri Krsna and His devotees. I now remember that Supreme Lord Vishnu in order to nullify whatever faults there may be there in the proceedings.”
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