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Kartik Puja is done on the eleventh day of the Kartik month and it is mainly carried out at River Ganga in Varanasi. This very month also marks the extraterrestrial matrimony of Saligram Shila with Tulsi.
This very puja is mainly performed on the Ekadashi of Shukla paksha in the month of Kartik. It takes place on the banks of river Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This Ekadashi day is also known as Utthana Ekadasi, Prabhodini Ekadashi, Dev Utthana Ekadashi or Bhodini Ekadasi. On this very same day, Tulsi Vishnu Vivah is also performed.
On Kartik Puja day, women are known to perform some unique rituals. On this very day Kartik Snan is considered to be very meritorious. Akash deep, Deepdaan and annadaan are also performed on Shukla paksha Ekadashi. Many women believe that mata Tulsi would bless them with marital bliss. They also pray for the long life as well as good health of their husbands.
The marriage of Saligram Shila with Tulsi is said to be the most significant event according to Hindu Mythology. To Hindus, Tulsi is a sacred plant and the leaves of this plant are an essential requirement for Vishnu Puja. Saligram Shila is a sacred stone for Hindus and has its origin in the Puranic era. Hindu Mythology states that Devi Lakshmi and lord Vishnu once had a quarrel and at the end they cursed each other.
Because of the curse of Devi Saraswati, Devi Lakshmi got transformed in a Tulsi plant and is destined to live on earth forever. But at the end Lord Vishnu came out with a solution in which he told her that he would be there at a river bank in the form of a stone image and that would be known as Saligram. It is even believed that Devi Lakshmi would go back to her husband when the curse would be lifted from her. Therefore the marriage is considered to be the reunion of lord Vishnu and Devi Lakshmi and this is done on Kartik Purnima day.