Tulasi Pooja or Tulasi Vivah in India

People all over India celebrated tulasi pooja on October 30, 2009. In some places, Tulasi Puja is also observed on Uthwana Ekadashi or Kartika Pournami. In most of the Hindu homes, people worship Tulasi plant on a daily basis. Tulasi is a medicinal plant that confers longevity.

PA300049 Tulasi Pooja Celebration At
Hegde Nivas” Sri Krishna Mandir Road-Hosdurg,Kanhangad,Kasaragod-Kerala.

The sacred basil Tulasi is renowned for its religious and spiritual sanctity, as well as for its important role in the traditional systems of holistic health and herbal medicine. Tulasi’s powerful general adaptogenic properties offer significant preventative and curative potential with respect to the stress-related degenerative diseases endemic to industrialized societies.

As per Hindu scriptures and Puranas, Uthwana Dwadashi is the day during which Maha Vishnu awakes from his cosmic sleep. Lord Vishnu continues his cosmic sleep for four holy months. Tulasi Puja or Habba marks the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Tulasi. On this day, devotees break their Ekadashi fast and observe Vishnu Puja.

During Ksheer Sagar manthan, Tulasi plant was evolved from the Ocean of Milk and married to Lord Vishnu. Since then, on this day Tulasi – Vishnu vivaha is observed. Tulasi Vivaha is also called as Tulasi Damodara Vivaha or Tulasi Salagrama Vivaha.

On the festive occasion of ‘Kartik Shukla Dwadashi’ that usually falls two weeks after the celebration of Diwali, tulasi plants are adorned with varied artistic things made from sugarcane, flowers and mango leaves. After decorating Tulasi Vrindavana, people offer prayers to Tulasi. Clay lamps are lit all around the tulasi plant. The event is usually celebrated as tulasi vivah, in which tulasi is married to Lord Vishnu.

People decorate the vessel or pot, in which tulasi is planted. Water is then offered to the holy basil. Kumkum is applied to one of the leaves. Some people tie a small piece of red cloth on its branch. Red flower is offered to the herbal plant Tulasi. Clay lamps are lighted all around the plant and then aarti is performed to complete the pooja.