Friday, October 20, 2017

Tulsi Vivah

Tulsi Vivah

Tulsi Vivah is an important festival of Hindus. All auspicious events including marriages begin from the eleventh day of bright fortnight of Kartik (Dev Uthi Ekadashi). Tulsi Vivah performed at Hindu Homes and Temples on any of these 5 days between bright Kartik ekadashi to purnima (Dev Diwali).

Tulsi (holy basil) is a great medicinal plant identified by our Rishis and placed it in front of all Hindu Homes with religious support. It's a herbal antibiotic protect us from many infections. It protects the family from germs, coughs, cold, fever and viral infections. A great medicine for oral care and respiratory disorders. Keeping in view the ultra-disinfectant and germicidal properties of this legendary herb, wise people then devised these customs to bring people into contact with this plant every day, so that they may keep safe from day-to-day infections. We the moderns, search for medicines in chemicals but our ancestors were wiser keeping them handy in form of live plants in front of the home. Not confirmed but heard that Tulsi plant prevents the snakes to come near the house.

The religious story is interesting. Vrinda, a wife of demon Jalandhar, worshipped Lord Vishnu and made her husband invincible. As usual after that, Devas were unable to defeat Jalandhar. Lord Vishnu came to their rescue, he took form of Jalandhar and violated Vrinda and destroyed her chastity. Jalandhar then was killed by Lord Shiva. When Vrinda came to know about the truth, she cursed Lord Vishnu and made him black stone (we call Shaligram) and burnt herself with her husband's funeral. She then born as Tulsi (plant) with whom Shaligram, the Lord Vishnu married.

Religious belief apart, Tulsi is one of the most effective herbs useful in curing many diseases. All of us should plant Tulsi in front of the house or those living in flats can keep it in a pot, water it everyday and keep the family safe from fever, cough, viral and any upper respiratory infections. Tea with Tulsi is a great start of the day.

And to transfer Hindu culture to next generation, do celebrate Tulsi Vivah during eleventh to fifteenth days of Bright fortnight of Kartik. This year, it will come on November 1, 2017.

Happy New Year Vikram Samvat 2074.

20 October 2017


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