The Tulsi plant is revered in India and the name Tulsi means "incomparable one."
In Hindu tradition, the presence of a Tulasi plant is considered essential in every household. This revered plant requires adequate sunlight and regular watering for its sustenance. Varieties such as Rama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi, and Vishnu Tulsi exist, each holding significance in Hindu culture. Worshipping Lord Vishnu with Tulsi leaves or a garland made from them is believed to please him. The placement of this plant within one's home is believed to usher in good fortune and pave the way for success.
The roots of this belief lie deep within Indian mythology, fascinating and enchanting devotees to this day. The celebration of Diwali, a festival of lights, is believed to be supported and enriched by the presence of Tulsi. Revered as the earthly embodiment of the goddess Tulsi, a devoted follower of Lord Krishna, the plant itself shares a profound connection with Lord Vishnu, a principal deity in the vast Indian pantheon of Gods.
Hence, Tulsi holds unparalleled sanctity in Hindu culture, finding a cherished place in households, often positioned in the central courtyard as a mark of respect and devotion to these divine entities.
Tulsi is regarded as a bridge between heaven and earth in ancient scriptures. According to a holy prayer, the Tulsi has the supreme creator Brahma in its branches, the sacred Hindu literature known as the Vedas in its lower branches, all other deities in its stem, and the Ganges coursing through its roots, as well as the focus of all Hindu pilgrimage. This colorful depiction conveys the significance of this plant in the hearts and thoughts of its adherents.
Festival of Tulsi:
Hindus execute a rite called Tulsi Vivah between Prabodhini Ekadashi (the eleventh lunar day of Kartika's waxing moon) and Kartik Poornima (the full moon in Kartika), usually on the eleventh or twelfth lunar day. The Tulsi plant is ceremonially married to Vishnu in the form of his image, Shaligram, or a Krishna or Rama image. Both the bride and groom are ritually honored before being wedded according to traditional Hindu Wedding traditions. It marks the conclusion of the four-month Chaturmas period, which coincides to the monsoon and is considered unlucky for weddings and other rites, therefore the day kicks off India's yearly marriage season.
The reverence attributed to Tulsi extends to the belief that tending to this plant leads to the attainment of moksha, signifying salvation or spiritual liberation. Beyond its spiritual significance, Tulsi is renowned for its therapeutic properties and serves as a pivotal element in various traditional healing practices. As a result, it is reasonable to argue that Tulsi is not only a part of Indian tradition but also a catalyst for it. This holy plant gives its adherents hope and prosperity, as well as a sense of serenity to everyone around it.