Tulsi vivah is a Hindu festival that celebrates the marriage (vivah) of the sacred plant Tulsi (Holy Basil) with Lord Vishnu. It is celebrated on the eleventh day of the waxing moon in the lunar month of Karthik, in the Hindu calendar. This time usually falls around October/November of each year.
Holy Basil, Tulsi is a special sacred plant in Hinduism. It is supposed to have many healing properties and is typically regarded as a symbol of purity, devotion and spiritual growth. It is considered particularly dear to Lord Vishnu, as Tulsi is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi (consort of Lord Vishnu).
Tulsi vivah is believed to represent the divine union of a soul with God. Similar to Tulsi uniting with Lord Vishnu, each one of our souls can unite with the supreme lord. By celebrating this festival and honoring the scared Tulsi, one can purify their mind and body and progress in their spiritual growth.
Tulsi vivah is also associated with the auspicious festival of Diwali and is celebrated on the 11th day after Diwali. It is believed that anyone who performs Tulsi vivah will be blessed with a happy and prosperous married life.
In addition to its spiritual significance, Tulsi i.e., holy basil is also known for its medicinal and healing properties. It is said to have many health benefits, including the ability to boost the immune system, reduce stress, and treat various ailments.
The festival of Tulsi vivah is also a reminder of the importance of nature and serves as a way to promote harmony between humans and the natural world.