The Tulsi plant is considered as a most sacred plant by the Hindus as it is regarded to be an incarnation of Mahalaxmi who was born as Vrinda.On this day, devotees celebrate the marriage of Tulsi (Mahalaxmi) and Damodar (Lord Vishnu). Tulsi Damodar Vivah is celebrated on the day of Kartik Shukla Dwadashi.
Tulsi vivah or Tulsi Pooja is celebrated on the next day of Karthik Ekadashi. Tulsi Vivah ceremony takes place in the late evening.As it is Tulsi’s Vivah, Tulsi Vrindavan is decorated like a bride on this day. Sugarcane and branches of tamarind and amla trees are planted along with the Tulsi plant. Different Poha (Flattened rice) dishes are offered to Lord Vishnu.The Prasad after the Vivah puja is distributed among all friends and relatives.
According to legend, Tulsi is known to be an incarnation of Mahalaxmi who was born as Vrinda. Vrinda or Tulsi was married to demon king Jalandhar. She prayed to Shri Vishnu that her demon husband should be protected, with the result no God was able to harm him. But in the war Jalandhar was killed. However on the request of the other Gods, Lord Vishnu took the form of Jalandhar and stayed with the unsuspecting Tulsi. When the truth emerged after Jalandhar’s death, Vrinda cursed Vishnu and turned him to stone (Saaligram) and collapsed. From her body emerged the Tulsi plant.
In 2010, Tulsi Vivah is performed on 18th November, Thursday.