PHOTOS: TULSI BIBAHA (THULO EKADASHI)- A Nepali Religious Practice [Today]

MASTO - Thulo Ekadashi aka Tulsi Bibaha 2012

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.

Homemade colors to decorate MASTO - Thulo Ekadashi Photos Nepal

Kesari (yellow) color is missing above but was added later.

Puja and Aarati decorate MASTO - Thulo Ekadashi aka Tulsi Bibaha

Puja my sister and my cousin Aarati take on decorating the MASTO.

Ganesh Sthapana - A Nepali religious practice (Thulo Ekadashi)

Ganesh Sthapana, DUBO on cow dung (above).

Thulo Ekadashi Prasad in a Nanglo

Thulo Ekadashi Prasad in a Nanglo (above)

Yam, Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Peanuts for Thulo Ekadashi

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.

Worshiping MASTO and lighting lamps - Thulo Ekadashi Nepal

My mother, sister and cousin worshiping MASTO and lighting lamps.

Bipin Tripathi's Family after MASTO Puja and lighting - Thulo Ekadashi 2012 Kathmandu

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!!

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