TULSI and Its Significance

Namastulasi kalyaani namo
vishhnupriye shubhe
namo moksha pradaayike devii
namah sarva sampatpradaayike

Translation

I bow to auspicious Tulasi who is dear to Lord Vishnu, who brings good luck to devotees,
who guides one to attain salvation, who showers all the wealth to the devotees

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Tulsi is the sacred herb, which is used to worship the deities in the temple. Using tulsi leaves to worship brings prosperity.

Tulsi is known for its fragrance, medicinal properties, devotional purposes and tulsi is primarily offered by the devotees of Lord Vishnu to gratify him.

In earlier days, a Hindu household was considered incomplete without a tulsi plant in the courtyard. This holy herb is planted in a specially built structure with four sides on it also known as “Tulsi Madam”, one of the sides would have a small provision to light lamps too. The uniqueness of this plant is that every part of tulsi has fragrance on it. Seeds, leaves, stem, its roots all have fragrance. Such should be our thoughts, pure and positive. Restrain the negativity and spread the goodness in you, just like “The holy herb basil”.

Tulsi Puja in Kartik month is considered to be very auspicious.

According to Vaishnav principles, Tulsi marriage and Tulsi Puja are considered to be important festivals.

Tulsi Puranic Importance

According to religious scriptures, it is believed that Tulsi was born on Kartik month’s Amavasya. Therefore, worshipping Tulsi in Kartik month is considered to be very important.

A lot of legends are famous about Tulsi’s birth. The story about Jalandhar demon and his wife, Vrinda is the most prominent.

According to Padma Purana, Jalandhar’s wife Vrinda was reborn as Tulsi. She later worked as a servant to Lord Vishnu.

It is believed that Lord Krishna’s place of birth, Vrindavan was named after Vrinda. According to some opinions, there were a lot of Tulsi plants and Vrinda forests in Vrindavan during ancient times. Among different names of Tulsi, Vrinda and Vishnupriya are most popular. Lord Vishnu stays near Tulsi’s feet in the form of Shaligram. Tulsidal is put on his forehead.

Source: ishtadevata

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