TULASI FESTIVAL - TULASI POOJA - TULASI VIVAH



 Day/Month of Celebration: 
  2nd week of November(Check your local calender)


God Worshipped  on this Occassion:
Tulsi or Vrinda (Incarnation of Mahalakshmi)
Lord Krishna


Special Food Prepared: 
Marriage type food and lots of Sweets


Practise on this Day:

This festival is celebration of Lord vishnu's marriage to
Vrinda(Tulsi)This is mostly done in the evening..Fruits, flowers are offered and Tulsi plant is decorated like a bride and Lord krishna's statue is placed inside  the tulasi plant  and the  couple is linked with a cotton thread (mala) in the ceremony..


Story associated with Tulasi festival: Favourite part :)

  
The Tulsi plant was a woman named Vrinda (Brinda). She 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. So Shiva requested Vishnu to solve this. Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar and violated Vrinda. Her chastity destroyed, Jalandhar was killed by Shiva. Vrinda cursed Vishnu to become black in colour and he would be separated from his wife. Thus, he was transformed into the black Shaligram stone and in his Rama avatar, his wife Sita was kidnapped by a Ravana  and thus separated from him. Vrinda then burnt herself on her husband's funeral pyre or immolated herself due to the shame. Vishnu transferred her soul to a plant, henceforth  called as Tulsi. As per a blessing by Vishnu to marry Vrinda in her next birth, Vishnu in form of Shaligram - married Tulsi on Prabodhini Ekadashi. To commemorate this event, the ceremony of
 Tulsi Vivah is performed.


 TULASI NAMAM





Vrundaavanadevi namO namO
Chelva mandaraadharana manapreeyaLe | |
Ninna sEvisi udakavanereyalu
munna maaDida papa hoguvudu
Innu ippattondu kuladavarigella
unnata vaikunTha padavi eevaLe | |
Ondondu daLadali ondondu mooruthi
sandaNisuve bahuguchithadali |
ondu kumkuma shankha chakra dharisidare
thande naaraayaNa karedoyyuva | |
Aavaava pariyali sEveya maaDalu
Paavana vaikunTha padavi eevaLe
dEva sri purandara viTTala raayana
dEvi ninna muTti traahi embe | |


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