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TulsiThe 'tulsi' orholy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshiped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. A Hindu household is considered incomplete without a tulsi plant in the courtyard. Vaishnavites or believers ofLord Vishnu wear beaded necklaces made of tulsi stems.

According to Hindu mythology, Tulsi was the incarnation of a princess who fell in love with Lord Krishna, and so had a curse laid on her by his consort Radha. Tulsi is also mentioned in the stories of Meera and of Radha immortalized in Jayadev's Gita Govinda. The story of Lord Krishna has it that when Krishna was weighed in gold, not even all the ornaments of Satyabhama could outweigh him. But a single tulsi leaf placed by Rukmani on the pan tilted the scale.

In the Hindu scriptures, tulsi is very dear to Lord Vishnu. Tulsi is ceremonially married to Lord Vishnu annually on the 11th bright day of the month of Kartik in the lunar calendar. This festival continues for five days and concludes on the full moon day, which falls in October-November. This ritual, called the Tulsi Vivaha inaugurates the annual marriage season in India. This year this auspicious occasion falls on November 13, 2013.

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November 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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