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Tulsi’s Wedding

The wedding of the sacred plant Tulsi – known as Tulsi lagna or Tulsi vivah – was celebrated in Hindu households throughout Goa on the evening of Oct 30. I meandered through the villages of Chorão and Tikhazana, sampling the primed Tulsi Vrindavans of varied designs and the associated festivities.

Traditional Tulsi fashioned from clay in Tikhazana, Goa<br>5D Mark II, 85L II

Traditional Tulsi fashioned from clay in Tikhazana, Goa
5D Mark II, 85L II

 
 
Tulsi in Tikhazana built on laterite base and plastered with cow dung<br>5D Mark II, 24-105L

Tulsi in Tikhazana built on laterite base and plastered with cow dung
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
A contemporary Tulsi Vrindavan in Tikhazana<br>5D Mark II, 24-105L

A contemporary Tulsi Vrindavan in Tikhazana
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
Chandrakala Mapari of Chorão in her Tulsi courtyard<br>5D Mark II, 85L II

Chandrakala Mapari of Chorão in her Tulsi courtyard
5D Mark II, 85L II

 
 
Chandrakala Mapari cooking in her traditional kitchen<br>5D Mark II, 24-105L

Chandrakala Mapari cooking in her traditional kitchen
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
Tulsi Vrindavan in Chorão<br>5D Mark II, 85L II

Tulsi Vrindavan in Chorão
5D Mark II, 85L II

 
 
Offering prayers in Tikhazana<br>5D Mark II, 24-105L

Offering prayers in Tikhazana
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
Pooja in progress in Chorão<br>5D Mark II, 24-105L

Pooja in progress in Chorão
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
Deepavali lamp in Chorão

Deepavali lamp in Chorão
5D, 85L II

 
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