The marriage procession of Lord Narsinghji, (one of the ten incarnation of Lord Vishnu) was taken amid crowds of devotees in the wall city on the occasion of Kartik Purnima in Vadodara on Monday. The entire route of the procession was under tight surveillance of the police force. It is the only celebration in Vadodara where devotees celebrate wedding of the deity.
The Narsinghji's procession is carried out on the occasion of Dev Diwali every year in Vadodara. According to the mythology, the purnima of Kartik is regarded as the Dipawali of the deity. People in Vadodara celebrate the festival as a wedding festival, where Lord Narsinghji (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) weds goddess Tulsiji.
The wedding procession of Lord Narsinghji is taken out from the Narsinghji ni pole at Mandavi to Tulsivadi. Residents of the Narsinghji ni pole and devotees join the procession as the relatives of the groom. The residents of the Tulsivadi become the relatives of the bride.
The procession of Lord Narsinghji and Lord Padmanabhji was taken in a Palkhi decorated with flowers. According to the history of the temple, a saint had given two shaligram and since then the wedding procession is taken out at Vadodara.
The entire procession was taken out with great devotion and enthusiasm. Children dressed in various attires of the deities were the center of attraction at the procession.
The marriage was conducted according to the traditional rituals of hindu marriage. While the temple of Lord Najrsinghji was illuminated with lights and devotees in large number had gathered to worship lord Narsinghji. Special police force across the state along with the local police officials was deployed in the entire route to avoid any mishap during the procession.