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Tulshiche Lagn Festival in Goa and Maharashtra

Tulsi Che Lagna is observed in the Kartik Month in Goa and Maharashtra. It is the marriage ceremony of the Tulsi Plant and Bal Krishna – Little Sri Krishna (Bhagvan Vishnu). Tulsi Che Lagna Festival 2024 date is November 13 (for those observing it on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi). November 14 (for those observing it on Ekadasi). The festival is also observed on Kartik Purnima (November 15, 2024). The festival is popularly referred as Tulsi Puja or Tulsi Vivah.

The murti Krishna or Bhagvan Vishnu is lavishly decorated and then carried to the place where the Tulsi plant is grown, and there the marriage is ritually solemnized. The marriage takes place with the chanting of holy hymns known as mangalashtakam.

Vishnu is also represented by a ‘jino badi’.

Sugarcane represents the best man (dhedo) and tamarind stalk the bride’s maid (dhedhi).

The puja is performed by husband or wife.

After the puja and ritual ‘hari jagar’ – a mixture of puffed rice (chirmulyo), sugarcane pieces, green tamarind pieces, pieces of ‘avale’ and coconut kernel – is distributed as Prasad to the people present at the wedding.

It is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu religious calendar for no marriage ceremony can be held before the Tulsi Lagnas it is considered inauspicious.

The rituals also mark the end of Chaturmas, a four-month auspicious period.