Tulsi Vivah, or Tulsi Kalyanam, is a popular Hindu ritual observed during waxing phase of moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). It is the marriage of Tulsi Plant to Lord Krishna. Tulasi, or Tulsi, is holy basil and is worshipped in Hinduism. Tulsi Vivah procedure varies from region to region and from community to community. So there is no direct answer to how to do Tulsi Puja. Here is a step by step guide basically to give an idea on how Tulsi Vivah is performed.
Puja items needed for Tulsi Vivah
- Tulsi Plant which is three or more years old
- Shaligram or Salagram – holy stones representing Lord Krishna. If Salagram is not available idol of Lord Krishna is used.
- Mangalsutra or a turmeric tied to a thread
- Vegetarian food
- Uncooked rice
- Sugarcane sticks
- Vermillion powder
- Puja decorations
- Fresh cloth
Tulsi Vivah Procedure
Tulsi pot or Tulsi Mandap in front of the house is colored. Tulsi and the pot or the base in which Tulsi plant is standing is decorated like a bride – by applying Turmeric and Vermilion powder. Sugarcane sticks and tamarind and Amla branches are placed alongside the Tulsi pot.
The Tusli Vivah ceremony takes place during the evening time. Some people narrate the story associated with Tulsi Vivah before starting the ceremony.
The Shaligram stone or idol of
Krishna is placed next to Tulsi plant. Tulsi is the bride and Lord Krishna is the groom. The usual procedure in a Hindu wedding is followed regarding the position of the bride and groom.
The Mantras that are recited during a marriage ceremony are recited here.
A Mangalsutra is tied on the Tulsi plant. People shower flowers, rice on the newly wed couple during the marriage ceremony.
A cloth is tied to the Shaligram and Tusli plant.
Sometimes an elderly person in the family performs the Kanyadan – giving away of the daughter here it is the Tulsi Plant.
The cloth is removed after the last mantra is recited.
In some regions, the family that is performing the Tulsi Vivah goes round the Tusli plant and Shaligram four times and prays.
Prasad is distributed among friends and relatives.
Some communities undertake a fast from morning till the Tulsi Vivah puja is over.
Tulsi Vivah Dates
Tulsi Vivah is observed on the Ekadasi that falls after Diwali. Some communities perform it on the day after Ekadasi – that is the Dwadashi day. In some regions it is performed on the Kartik Purnima day or full moon day after Ekadasi. For some communities, the Tulsi Vivah rituals begin on the Ekadasi day and end on Poornima day. Or it is observed on any one of the days during the period.