Marriage of Shalagrama and Tulasi
According to what is recorded in the Narada-pancaratra, Shri Vasishthaji said that I will now relate what I heard about Tulasi’s marriage from Lord Brahma in the past. Tulasi must be planted inside the home or in the forest, and her marriage can be performed three years later. The following is a list the blessed times when Shalagrama and Tulasi could get married. When the sun travels toward the north, Jupiter and Venus rise during Kartika’s Ekadashi and the full moon in Magha and when marriage-friendly stars are visible, particularly on the full moon day.
The first thing is to set up a location for the sacrifice (yajna-kunda) beneath a canopy (mandapa). The installation of sixteen goddesses and the shraddha rite for one’s female maternal ancestors should follow Shanti-vidhana.
One should convene four Vedic-trained Brahmanas and designate one as Brahma, one as the acarya, one as the rishi, and one as the priest. According to Vaishnavism customs, one should erect an auspicious waterpot (Mangala-ghat) beneath the mandapa. Then one should create a lovely shalagrama-Shila (Lakshmi-Narayana). After that, one should perform the shraddha ceremony, the sixteen goddesses’ adoration, and domestic sacrifice (griha-yajna).
Depending on one’s resources, one should position a golden Deity of Narayana at sunset and a silver Murti of Tulasi. Two pieces of clothing should be laced with the vasa-shanta mantra, marriage bands (kangana) should be fastened to the wrists with the yadavandha mantra, and the ko’ dat mantra should bless the wedding. The host should then make nine offerings in the yajna-kunda with the assistance of the acarya, rishi, and others. The enlightened gurudeva should perform the marital rites and then offer sacrifice by Vaishnava traditions while singing “Om namo bhagavate keshavaya Namah svaha.” – The host should then do Tulasi’s parikrama four times using shalagrama-shila with his wife, friends, and family.
Then everyone should recite the shatkumbha-sukta, pavamani-sukta, shakti-kadhyaya, nava-sukta, jiva-sukta, and vaishava-samhita in front of the yajna-kunda.
After that, the women should recite mangalacarana, sing happy songs, and blow conches and other similar instruments. After this, the last sacrifice (purnahuti), followed by abhisheka, should be performed. The Brahma is to receive an ox, the acarya a cow, a cloth, and a bed, and the rishi a cloth. Everyone should receive Dakshina. In this approach, installing Tulasi Devi, one should start her regular worship with Lord Vishnu. Whoever observes the marriage of Tulasi Devi will make all of the sins of his life cleansed.
Whoever plants Tulasi, gathers her leaves, or installs her with Vishnu shall be set free, enter the Lord’s dwelling, experience all kinds of joy, and delight alongside Shri Hari.
What is the Hindu Perspective Behind Tulasi-Saligrama Vivaha?
Tulasi Vivah, or marriage, which comes on the bright half of Kartik’s eleventh day, is the most vibrant but not the least significant celebration. The central character of this legend from Padma Puram is tulasi, the plant Ocimum Sanctum, who in a previous life was Vrinda, the daughter of a giant Nemi and the devoted wife of the demon Jalandhar. Because Jalandhar was born in water, it desires control over the ocean and the 14 treasures Vishnu’s second avatar dredged from the sea. He makes a war declaration and puts the gods in peril. Even more so due to a blessing that said he would be spared from death until his bride Vrinda was virginal.
Lord Vishnu is transformed into a black stone (Salagram) by Vrinda in her rage because of his deception. To kill Jalandhar, Vishnu seduces Vrinda by taking on her husband’s appearance. Vishnu responds as well, but out of respect for her unquestionable purity and holiness, he places her within the revered tulasi plant and vows to marry her every year on this day of Kartik. Their myth may have been the source of the Salagram, an ammonite-black stone discovered on the river Gandaki’s bed.
Therefore, on this auspicious day, all pious Hindu women worship the tulasi with flowers and milk, believing Lord Krishna to be there. The tulasi and the Salagram perform a fake wedding, to be exact. In popular opinion, performing this ceremony of giving away tulasi while treating them as one’s daughters qualifies as doing a Kanyadan, which is viewed as a worthy act in pure religion. The Hindus’ yearly marriage season officially begins on this holy ceremonial day, considered auspicious.
What Was the Simple Vivaha Prayog?
- Can dress up her pot in a pretty red skirt.
- To embellish her branches, they can wear Red bindis, kum kum, and bracelets.
- Also, dress her with red garlands. A Haldi (turmeric) root, either fresh or dried, can be used as a mangal sutra.
You can execute the Vivaha for a Shaligram just as you would for any yajuman who would be subjected to it.
What are the Rituals Performed in Tulasi-Saligrama Vivaha?
Rituals Performed in Tulasi-Saligrama marriage include:
- Kanya Sampradanam, or the bride’s gift.
- Garlands are exchanged during Mala Dharanam.
- Using Sindhur Mangal Sutra Dharanam, perform Sindhur Danam on the bride. – Placing the holy Tali Vastra Bandhanam – Tying their clothing together to strengthen their bond
- Homa Laja – Puffed rice offering for the husband’s long life and wife’s fertility
- Grahanam Saptapadi – Joining Them in Wedlock by taking seven steps symbolizing the seven significant sacrifices made by Vivaha Pani Grahanam.
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