Some more photos of Tulsi Vivah celebrations decorations rangoli , aarti , cotton garland
Tulasi kota decoration or Tulasi katte decoration for Tulsi marriage festival
Tulsi Vivah or Tulsi plant rangoli
Some rangoli vidos from my YouTube rangoli Channel - Rangolisansdots
Apart from auspicious rangoli designs for Tulsi Vivah we can actually have a representation of a Tulsi plant or madam usinga 5 by 5 plus 3 by 1 plus 5 by 1 dot grid some free hand patterns for leaves and branches and cotton buds. The pictures below should be self explanatory.
The Tulsi Vivah ( marriage of Tulsi withVishnu say the puranas) is also celebrated as Uttwandwadasi. The image of Tulsi Devi is placed on the Tulsi plant. Since we celebrate a marriage Tulsi is adorned with a mangalsutra. Garlands made from cotton and flowers like jasmine are used to adorn the plant. I have added the pink and red roses that bloomed in the rose plants in flower pots I have. Growing your own floral plants, watering them see the buds bloom into flowers, using the flowers for puja gives me a lot of mental satisfaction. However, flowers and rangoli have a lot in common, both are beautiful, colourful and both last for a very short time.
Amla aarti - an aarthi with amla or wild gooseberry is one of the important features of Tulsi Vivah festival. The number of amla is usually five. Place a cotton wick on each amla and aarti is performed.
One of the most important rangoli that is drawn for the Tulsi plant is the Hridaya Kamalam - a dot rangoli design showing a lotus design as viewed from the top. I have added video to my YouTube channel showing this rangoli drawn with two parallel lines to make the lotus design more intricate. The parallel lines are of different colours. How ever if you like to see the basic rangoli design go to Hridaya kamalam - a lotus rangoli.
Offerings for Tulsi Vivah Puja include ladoos made from peanuts, roasted gram, rava ladoo, moong dhall and puffed rice (nel pori urundai in Tamil ). One of them puffed rice ladoo is shown here.
How to make puffed rice ladoo or nel pori urundai ?Clean the puffed rice off any paddy husk that may be present. For 100g of puffed rice take 25 g of jaggery. Add the jaggery to water and heat it and dissolve to a stage when a drop of the solution is placed on water it can be easily rolled into a ball. Add dry ginger powder and cardamom powder to puffed rice. Coconut sliced into small pieces can be added to the jaggery syrup (it is optional). Gently pour the syrup on pufffed rice (nel pori ) mix thoroughly and roll the combination into ladoos.
The Tulsi plant is held in reverence in many parts of India. It is a ubiquitous part of Indian culture and hence many Indian households.I understand that many studies have been conducted by experts on the medicinal value of the plant. However it is beyond the scope of this blog to discuss it.
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Rice is fried in ghee and soaked in water. After half an hour grated coconut is added to this rice. Cardamom. powder is also added. Grind the mixture in a mixer. Boil on a stove for a few minutes. Add sugar according to your taste.
Dosa without fermentation is by using the flour immediately after grinding without allowing it to ferment.
Another important offering is sweet dosa.
Maida and wheat flour are taken in the ratio 1:1. For one measure of maida or wheat flour add three-fourth measure of jaggery. Jaggery is grated and added to water till it soaks well. Filter it to remove stones if present !.
In this solution add the maida and wheat flour mixture , cardamom powder and stir well. This wet flour is used to make sweet dosa.
Festival - Mangala Gowri Vratham
It is performed for first five years after marriage. The idol of Mangala Gowri is handed over to the married lady. She performs this puja every year after marriage for five years on Sravana Tuesday (Mangala vaar) i.e on all Tuesdays of the month. This is done for a happy married life. Betel leaves and nuts ( eight numbers) are offered to Goddess (Gowri or Parvathi) and eaten by the husband and wife. Offerings include wheat flour modhakam and a kheer with wheat flour ball in milk. Sixteen wicks are made from cotton, dipped in ghee and aarti is performed with these wicks.