From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Utthānadvādaśi is one of the most well-known festivals that falls on a dvādaśī.[1] On this day, Lord Viṣṇu who had gone to sleep on the Śayanī day,[2] gets up. Hence it is called ‘Utthānadvādaśi’.[3]

On this day, Tulasī or Vṛndā was married to Hari or Viṣṇu. So, it is also called as Tulasīvivāha day. Ceremonial marriage of the Tulasī plant[4] with Lord Hari is performed on this day. In some houses, images of Hari and Tulasī are kept for three days from the navamī to ekādaśī and worshiped. They are married on the dvādaśī day.


  1. Kārttika śukla dvādaśī which generally falls in November.
  2. It falls on Āṣāḍha śukla ekādaśī.
  3. Utthāna means getting up.
  4. Tulasī plant is also known as holy basil.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore