People are gearing up for decorating Holy Basil plant for Tulasi puja or Mini Deepavali

eNarada, Bengaluru, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Tulsi Vivaha’ is an important ritual and is an age-old tradition. It is solemnised in the Kartik month after the ‘Ekadasi Day’ following the New Moon day. Tulsi Vivaha festival is the wedding of the Tulsi plant to Lord Vishnu. This year (2018) the TulsiVivah falls on November 20.

Draping Tulsi-Pot with Ceremonial Saree by popular skills trainer Mamatha. eNarada Videos

On this day, the pot carrying the Tulsi plant is decorated in many ways before the worshipping ritual is solemnised. One way is to decorate the same by draping a ceremonial saree around the Tulsi pot. But draping saree on the pot carrying Tulsi plant needs a deft hand. Popular skills trainer, Mamatha, demonstrates a simple process of draping a ceremonial saree around Tulsi pot.

The Hindu religious scriptures mention that the Holy Basil (Tulsi) is a manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Holy Basil is also regarded as the most adored consort of Lord Vishnu and her chastity was considered to be purest in the whole universe.

For Hindus Tulsi or Tulasi (Ocimumtenuiflorum) or Holy Basil is a sacred plant. Hindus regard it as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi; she is regarded as a great worshipper of the Lord Vishnu. The Holy Basil leaves are offered as part of worshiping ritual to the deities of Lord Krishna or any incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Many Hindus have Holy Basil planted in front of or near their home in special pots or specially made temple-shaped earthen or masonry pots. In many homes, The Holy Basil could be found planted in the centre of the central courtyard of Hindu houses.

2 thoughts on “People are gearing up for decorating Holy Basil plant for Tulasi puja or Mini Deepavali

  1. Srikant Rath

    People, particularly the women, in Odisha worship the Tulasi plant with the same fervour as they do to goddess mother Laxmi. Tulasi is worshipped by the women the first thing following bathing. This article has revealed so much about this age-old tradition of Hindu households. I think decorating the talasi pot was a very creative idea and it fills the heart with great spiritual emotion and auspicious. It is a great effort by e-narada to revive Hindu cultural and religious practices.


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