Goa : Across the state, Hindu households were buzzing with activity on Wednesday in preparation for the Tulsi Vivah celebrations that commence from Thursday. Tulsi vrundavans were given a new coat of paint and the markets were filled with sugarcane, tamarind and flowers.Tulsi Vivah or the ritualistic marriage of the basil plant is not only considered auspicious, but marks the beginning of the wedding season among Goan Hindus. The basil plant is holy for the Hindus and erecting a pedestal in front of the house to hold it is a must.
From the twelfth day of the first fortnight of the eight Hindu month of Karthik, Goans celebrate Tulsi Vivah.Tree worship is inherent among Indians since the Indus valley civilization and the tulsi vivah is a way to acknowledge the holy status of the plant. There are a number of mythological stories associated with the basil plant, which is considered to be the consort of demon Jalandhar. However, the leaves of the plant are also considered a favourite of Lord Krishna, who is often offered a garland made from its leaves.
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