November 14, 2013 – Today, is Ksheerabdhi Dwadashi, Tulsi Dwadashi Puja, Tulsi Saligram Vivah Puja, Chilku Dwadashi, Yogini Dwadashi, Prabhodini Dwadashi, Haribodhini Dwadashi, etc..
Also known as Ksheerabdhi Shayana Vratham, this vrata marks the ceremonial wedding of Tulsi Mata and Vishnu Shaligram.
On the day of Tulsi Shaligram Vivah, Tulsi vrindavan is cleaned and decorated as a bride. Amla tree is also planted along with Tulsi plant in Tulsi mandap.
Vivah mantras are recited and some special stotras praising Lord Vishnu and Tulsi Mata are chanted and Aarti is performed at the ending of the Puja. Amla plant is considered as Lord Vishnu and Tulsi plant as Goddess Tulsi.
The story of Tulsi Vivah explains the great devotion of Vrinda towards her husband and Lord Vishnu. Vrinda (Tulsi in her previous birth), a devotee of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, was married to the demon King Jalandhar. She worshipped Vishnu to protect her demon husband from akaal mrithyu (untimely death). Read full story of Tulsi Vivah here..