Significance of Tulasi - Saligrama Vivah - Spritual and Religious
Tulsi is believed as a goddess in Hinduism and sometimes considered a wife of Lord Vishnu. The story behind Tulsi Vivah and its rites are told in the Veda, Padma Purana.
Her chastity ruined, King Jalandhar lost his power and was killed by Lord Shiva. Vrinda cursed Vishnu to become black in colour and to be separated from his wife, Goddess LakshmiLakshmi
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. This was later fulfilled when he transmuted into the black Shaligram stone, and in his RamaRama
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avatar, was separated from his wife Mata SitaSita
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, who was kidnapped by the demon Ravana. Vrinda then drowned herself in the ocean, and the gods (or Vishnu himself) transferred her soul to a plant, which was in the future called Tulsi.
As per a bestowal by Vishnu to marry Vrinda in her next birth, Vishnu in the form of Shaligram and married Tulsi on Prabodhini Ekadashi. To celebrate this event, the marriage ceremony of Tulsi Vivah is performed.