The Hindu community across the State celebrated Tulsi Vivah with great fervour. The ceremony commemorates the day when Lord Krishna or the Shaligram form of Lord Vishnu married the holy Tulsi plant to honour a boon bestowed on her during her previous birth.
In Goa, the ceremonial festival is called Vhodli Diwali and marks the start of the wedding season. On the day of the vivah or lagna, a carved stick of ‘dino’ is used to symbolise the groom while the plant is decorated as the bride. After the marriage rituals are performed, the gathering has the ‘prasad’ which is made from sugarcane and puffed rice.