Veneration of the Tulsi Plant

Tending the Tulsi

Tending the Tulsi

I started noticing Tulsi plants in the courtyards of homes while in south India. I wasn’t aware of them in the north. Maybe because so many people live in apartment buildings in the north and there aren’t any courtyards or the climate isn’t suitable, they aren’t omnipresent. I’ve learned that a Hindu household is incomplete without a Tulsi plant.

Courtyard with Tulsi Plant

Courtyard with Tulsi Plant

The Tulsi plant or Holy Basil, sacred and dear to Lord Vishnu, symbolizes purity. Its name comes from Tulasi Devi who was one of Lord Krishna’s eternal consorts. I read that women typically water the plant but I came across this man tending to his Tulsi plant so maybe this no longer is the case. I’m not sure why but all the pots have square sides. I’ve never seen a round one. Although they are sacred, the plants that I’ve seen have all been quite scrawny.

I am not an expert on this subject. Once I started noticing them, they were everywhere and I became intrigued. I also read that according to ancient texts, the Tulsi  is the glorification of the one who helps bring people closer to the divine.

This is exactly what I love about India. There is always something fascinating to learn as one explores and unpeels all the gems and nuggets contained in Ma India’s many facets and layers.

Tulsi Worship

Tulsi Worship

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About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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4 Responses to Veneration of the Tulsi Plant

  1. Alok Singhal says:

    I am from North India and we also normally have (or atleast try to have) Tulsi at home. In fact, having a couple of Tulsi leaves on a daily basis are beneficial for health.

  2. I think that is the fascination with travel, no matter where: You always learn something new about the Human spirit and life as it unfolds. Great, little story about the Tusli plant, which I for one have never heard about before.

  3. ninagrandiose says:

    India has so much to teach and give its guests. This is why I can return, year after year and never find it boring. It does, however, require a receptive mind.

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