Learn about the significance the festival of Kartik Ekadashi, and listen to a delightful tale and associated with the Wedding of Tulasi- Tulasi Vivaha. This story was published on Devgatha Podcast in 2011, and is available exclusively on Spotify in English and Hindi. You can also listen to the chanting in honour of Lord Vishnu on Chants of India Podcast.
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Listen to the Story of Tulasi Vivaha in English
Do you know why the Tulasi Plant bears so much importance in our culture? Learn about the story of Vrunda and her God, Lord Visnhu.This story was written by Minu Pandit and edited by Amar Vyas. Narration by Sheerali Biju and Audio editing by Krishnadas. Theme music: Silk Brocade.
तुलसी विवाह की कहानी हिंदी में सुनें
भगवान विष्णु और उनके एक भक्त ब्रुंडा की कहानी के बारे में जानें। तुलसी विवाह (विष्णु के साथ तुलसी की शादी) की कहानी क्यों मनाई जाने लगी। यह कहानी मीनू पंडित द्वारा लिखी गई थी और अमर व्यास द्वारा संपादित की गई थी। शीराली बीजू द्वारा कथन और कृष्णदास द्वारा ऑडियो संपादन। थीम संगीत: सिल्क ब्रोकेड।
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About Kartik Ekadashi
This day marks the eleventh day in the bright phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha). The month of Kartik appears in the Hindu lunar calendar after the Deepawali or Diwali festival. This day marks the end of the Chatur Maas period (the 4 months period during which Lord Vishnu is supposed to be sleeping). Kartik Ekadashi has two more names, namely, Prabodhini Ekadashi or Devothana Ekadashi.
Praying to Lord Panduranga
In the second part of this episode, you can listen to chanting of Pandurang Ashtaka shloka (eight chants of Lord Pandurnga or Lord Vishnu).
Note: Rama Ekadashi precedes Kartik Ekadashi, and Utpanna Ekadashi follows Kartik Ekadashi.
Lord Vishnu sleeps for a four-month period beginning from Shayani Ekadashi, and wakes up on Devothana Ekadashi . The name Devothana means the day of awakening of the God. The scriptures prohibit many of the routine prayers and acts during this 4 month period. The Kartik Ekadashi marks the end of the Chaturmaas period.
Ways to celebrate Kartik Ekadashi
Festival of Tulasi Vivaha (Tulasi’s marriage)
Many people observe a vrat (or fast) on Kartik Ekadashi day. Tulasi Vivaha, or marriage of the Tulasi or Basil plant to Lord Vishnu, is celebrated on this day. The wedding consists of performing a small ceremony. The plant is married with a black stone called Shaligram. This stone is supposed to represent Lord Vishnu.
Celebrating Kartik Ekadashi in Maharashtra
This festival is has a special significance in the state of Maharashtra. In that region of India, people pray to Lord Vitthal, who is a form of Vishnu. The ekadashi marks the beginning of the five-day festival in the temple town of Pandharpur in southern Maharashtra. Pilgrims throng Pandharpur temple on the 11th day, celebrations end on full moon day (Purnima). This day marks the beginning of sugarcane harvest in many parts of India.
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