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|Tulsi vivah ceremony |
November 30, 2008
Over one thousand devotees turned up at Hindu Samaj Temple, at Hannon Hamilton to attend the marriage ceremony of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Tulsi. Seniors from Mississauga Ram Mandir attended this religious function along with hundreds of devotees from other Mandirs. According to Hindu mythology, Tulsi is ceremonially married to Lord Vishnu annually on the 11th bright day of the month of Kartika in the lunar calendar. This ritual, called the "Tulsi Vivah", inaugurates the annual marriage season in India. Pandit Naresh Singh Past President of Hindu Samaj said while welcoming guest and devotees from various Mandirs that this marriage ceremony is an old tradition and people celebrate it with full devotion. The Moorti of Lord Krishna in the form of Vishnu (Shaligram) will come in procession from Hindu Sabha to marry Tulsi. Three bus loads of devotees from Hindu Sabha brought in in a grand procession the Moorti of Shaligram, where as Tulsi, the bride, was decorated by Hindu Samaj and taken in a procession for wedding. Literally a mock marriage was performed between the Tulsi and the Shaligram. This is age old tradition which has been kept alive by Hindu devotees now settled here in GTA.
The story of Tulsi Vivah is from Padma Puran which revolves round Tulsi, the plant Ocimum Sanctum. It is said that in admiration of her impeccable chastity and piety, Lord Vishnu transfers her into the sacred Tulsi plant and promises to marry her annually on this day of Kartik. The origin of the ammonite black stone or Salagram found on the bed of the river Gandaki may be attributed to this legend.
As a consequence, all devout Hindus worship the Tulsi plant with flowers and milk assuming Lord Vishnu to be present on it on this auspicious day. The belief is that one who performs this ceremony of giving away Tulsi considering them to be one's own daughters, gets the credit as making a Kanyadan which is regarded as an extremely meritorious act in Hindu religion.
Tulsi vivah ceremony takes place in the late evening. Various dishes are offered to Lord Vishnu. Then prasad is distributed among family members and friends who attend this ceremony.
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