Today, in Nepal, followers of Hindu religion celebrated THULO EKADASHI [KARTIK] also known as TULSI BIBAHA (Basil Marriage). TULSI, in Hindu religion, is regarded as one of the many incarnation of lord Narayan. It is planted in MASTO (above photo) located south east in one’s home. This plant is believed to keep the sorrounding environment clean and healthy by killing harmful germs.
In above photo MASTO is painted with white cement do be decorated with homemade colors.
Kesari (yellow) color is missing above but was added later.
Puja my sister and my cousin Aarati take on decorating the MASTO.
Ganesh Sthapana, DUBO on cow dung (above).
Thulo Ekadashi Prasad in a Nanglo (above)
One is supposed to take shower in the morning and eat no food for the day except fruits, milk and what you see in the photo above (roasted peanuts, yam, sweet potatoes). They say eating KANDA-MUL only.
My mother, sister and cousin worshiping MASTO and lighting lamps.
Me, Grandmother, sister Puja, brother Shreesh, cousins Sachin and Aarat, and my mother after the worship and lighting.
If you want to learn more about the religious importance of Tulsi please visit this page http://hinduism.about.com/od/ayurveda/p/tulsi_holybasil.htm
SMiles from Kathmandu!!