Looking for when is Tulsi Vivah (तुलसी विवाह) in 2017?
If yes, you have come to the right place. Tulsi Vivah (तुलसी विवाह) in 2017 will be observed on Wednesday, 1st November.
As per Hindu calendar, Tulsi Vivah (तुलसी विवाह) duration begins from eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright fortnight of Kartik month to the full moon (Kartik Poornima) of the month i.e. from Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik Poornima.
What is Tulsi Vivah?
Tulsi Vivah (तुलसी विवाह) is usually observed in the month of October or November. However, Tulsi Vivah (तुलसी विवाह) in 2017 will begin on Wednesday, 1st November. Tulsi Vivah (तुलसी विवाह) marks the ceremonial marriage of Tulsi plant (holy Basil) to Lord Vishnu or his incarnated form Lord Krishna.
Story Behind Tulsi Vivah:
As per Hindu mythology, Tulsi was actually a woman named Vrinda who was married to a demon king named Jalandhar. Vrinda worshiped Lord Vishnu and prayed for her husband to be invincible. No God was able to defeat Jalandhar because of Vrinda. However, Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar and violated Vrinda. Her chastity destroyed, Jalandhar was killed by Shiva. When Vrinda came to know about the truth, she cursed Lord Vishnu and turned him into a black stone (Saaligram) and burnt herself on her husband’s funeral. Lord Vishnu then transferred her soul in Tulsi plant and as a blessing married her in next birth as Saaligram. Since then the tradition of Tulsi Vivah came in existence.
Tulsi Vivah Muhurat
Dwadashi Tithi Begins = 18:55 on 31/Oct/2017
Dwadashi Tithi Ends = 17:56 on 1/Nov/2017
Tulsi Vivah Procedure:
On the day of Prabodhini ekadashi or on the next day, people wake up early in the morning and take bath and clean their homes. Usually most homes in the Hindu tradition has a Tulsi plant in their house growing in a pot as a part of their house.
On this day the pot is placed in the center of the house and given a holy bath and decorated with auspicious objects like turmeric, vermilion, sacred thread, ornaments and flowers. The idol of Lord Krishna or a saligram shila is decorated with male attire and placed adjacent to the Tulsi plant and preparations for the marriage ceremony is done.
Normally on this day, the people fast for the whole day and the Vivah takes place in the evening. In some cases, there is a priest coordinating with the marriage ceremony and the ladies of the house helping followed by the attendees perform the Tulsi Vivah.
After invoking the presence of Tulsi and Krishna, the mantras are chanted and a cotton thread is tied around the statue and plant as a sign of wedding lock.
Tulsi Vivah is performed both in temples as well as at homes. It is believed that performing Tulsi Vivah is a very auspicious thing for childless parents. They perform the role of the parent of Tulsi plant and give their daughter Tulsi in marriage to Lord Krishna.
Due to which Tulsi Vivah is considered as one of the most important festival of India.