WOBURN, MA—It is true. A Tulsi vivah ceremony was held at Satsang Center in Woburn, MA, last month. Approximately 100 people participated in the ceremony with love enthusiasm and holiness in their heart, organizers of the Tulsi Vivah said.
Held on Nov. 22, the wedding ceremony began at 11:00 AM with Ganesh Puja, Mandap Sthapan, Gruhshanti and Pithi. There was an hour lunch break. At 2:00 PM actual wedding ceremony began with Dulha Lord Krishna arrive at gate with a grand procession. The wedding ceremony was complete with all traditional rituals. At 4:30 PM, Arati, Ras Garba, and delicious dinner was served. All the attendees were very happy to get blessings from Lord Kirhsna.
This was 16th year that Satsang Center conducted Tulsi-Vivah.
Tulsi Vivah is the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant to the Hindu God Vishnu or his Avatar Krishna. This ceremony can be performed any time between Prabodhini Ekadashi – the eleventh lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month Kartik to the full moon of the month (Kartik Poornima) but usually it is performed on the eleventh or the twelfth lunar day. The day varies from region to region. The Tulsi wedding signifies the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the Hindu wedding season.
The marriage of Tulsi with Vishnu/Krishna resembles the traditional Hindu wedding. This ceremony is conducted at homes and also at temples. A fast is observed on the Tulsi Vivah day until evening when the ceremony begins. A mandap (marriage booth) is built around the courtyard of the house where the Tulsi plant is planted.
The Tulsi plant is usually planted in centre of the courtyard in a brick plaster called Tulsi vrindavana. It is believed that the soul of Vrinda resides in the plant at night and leaves in the morning. The bride Tulsi is clothed with a sari and ornaments including earrings and necklaces. A human paper face with a bindi and nose-ring – may be attached to Tulsi. The groom is a brass image or picture of Vishnu or Krishna or sometimes Balarama or more frequently the Shaligram stone – the symbol of Vishnu. The image is clothed in a dhoti. Both Vishnu and Tulsi are bathed and decorated with flowers and garlands before the wedding. The couple is linked with a cotton thread (mala) in the ceremony.