Tulsi Vivah is wedding of sacred plant as per Hindus’ Tulsi also known as Vishnupriya to Lord Vishnu in the form of a Shaligram.
The ritual of wedding of Tulsi and Shaligram is observed on the Ekadasi day during the Shukla Paksha of to Purnima or full moon in Kartik month (October – November) as per traditional Hindu calendar. Majority of the people perform Tulsi Vivah on the Ekadasi day or on Purnima day.
It is said that the Tulsi plant in her eariler birth was a woman named Vrinda and was married to the demon-king Jalandhar. Due to her piety and devotion to Vishnu, her husband became invincible. Even god Shiva could not defeat Jalandhar and asked Lord Vishnu to find a solution to this. Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar and violated Vrinda. Her chastity destroyed, Jalandhar was killed by Shiva. On this Vrinda cursed Vishnu to become black in colour and he would be separated from his wife. Vrinda then burnt herself on her husband’s funeral due to shame. The gods or Vishnu transferred her soul to a plant and gave the name of Tulsi and blessed her to marry Vrinda in her next birth.
For the tulsi puja, a plant usually more than three years old is selected and the tulsi mantap in front of the house is painted and decorated like a bride. Then sugarcane sticks, tamarind and amla branches are placed alongside the tulsi pot and it is worshiped with haldi and kumkum. In the evening, the saligram stone is placed next to the tulsi plant and the tulsi vivah is performed with all the normal procedure followed in a Hindu wedding. Later a mangal sutra is tied to the tulsi plant. In some places , just a cloth is tied to the shaligram and tulsi plant if elaborate rituals are not performed.
Tulsi Vivah 2016 Pooja is on 12th November 2016.