Seek Salvation And Get Rid Of Sins With Tulsi Puja
About puja

Tulsi or Basil has spiritual importance in Hindu mythology. The importance of Tulsi Puja has been explained Puranas. This sacred plant is the symbol of a belief, truth and religion. Watering the plant, worshipping it and lightening lamps in front of it is considered to be auspicious. Apart from its spiritual significance, Tulsi is known for its medicinal values. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi resides inside this plant. Devotees who light lamps in front of this plant during the month of Kartik as per Hindu calendar, they have chances of acquiring wealth. Apart from the puja tulsi vivah is also considered to be an auspicious ceremony. It is the marriage of Lord Vishnu or his incarnation Lord Krishna with the tulsi plant.

What legend states

Legends say that Tulsi was born in the month of Kartik on Amavasya or new moon day. So, performing this puja in this month is considered auspicious. There are different legends related to the origin of this puja and rituals. One of the famous legends is the one mentioned in Padma Purana. It is about the demon Jalandhar and his wife, Vrinda. She was reborn as Tulsi and later served Lord Vishnu. He was impressed with the devotion of Vrinda towards Jalandhar and was full of praise for her. It is believed that Vrindaban is named after her. During the worship of Lord Vishnu, a tulsi leaf is placed on the shailagram. Tulsi vivah denotes that end of monsoon and marks the onset of wedding season as per Hindu calendar.

Auspicious month of worship

As per Purana, the month of Kartika is one of the most pious months. This month instills salvation, karma, religion and truth in devotees. It is auspicious to perform in this month as it helps in eliminating sins and fill in the life of devotees with prosperity and happiness. For both Tulsi Puja and marriage, this is the auspicious time of the year. Along with the puja, donating lamps during the full moon day or Purnima, will also prove to be beneficial for the devotees. On Shuka Dwadashi of Kartik, Gaudiya Vaishnava devotees celebrate Tulsi vivaha that is a marriage of Shaligram and Tulsi plant.

Items/samagri required

The sacred plant Tulsi is the embodiment of love, virtue, sorrow and duty that all women have to face in their life. Mostly women of different age brackets perform this puja. You can perform this puja is not restricted only to the month of Kartik they can do it every day. The most auspicious day of worship is the marriage day of Tulsi and Lord Vishnu, who is in the form of a Shaligram. It is an easy process and ingredients that you need for this puja are

  1. A tulsi plant
  2. Kumkum
  3. Holy water
  4. Flowers
  5. Mango leaves
  6. Fruits
  7. Ghee lamps, incense sticks and cotton wicks
  8. A red cloth
  9. Sugarcane
  10. Food items like rice, puris, rice porridge, different fruits and vegetables
  11. Suhaag pitari or a box that comprises of bangles, bindi, kohl, mahendi, sari, blouse and other cosmetics
  12. Dishes

 

Puja vidhi/how to do

Tulsi Puja is worshipped in every household and for this, women prepare everything well in advance. On the day of tulsi vivaha the rituals that you have to follow are

  1. The sacred plant is decorated as a bride. For this, four sugarcane are placed around the pot of this sacred plant with moli. A cloth of bright hue is draped around the plant. Usually, a red color cloth is wrapped around the stem.
  2. The sacred plant is offered red flowers. Kumkum is smeared on its stems. Women also pour water in the pot of this sacred plant
  3. At the noon, a full course meal comprising of rice, puri, sweet dish and a side comprising of red pumpkin, sugarcane, tamarind and gooseberry is offered to the tulsi plant.
  4. The Vivah or marriage ceremony of the plant with Lord Vishnu takes place late in the evening. Usually, women and priest is present in this ceremony. Since this ceremony is a reflection of Hindu marriage ceremony, it comprises of different rituals. The sacred plant takes phera with Lord Vishnu, who is in the form of a Shaligram.
  5. The priest brings in the groom with him and the suhaag pitari where an ensemble of married women is present. This box is later gifted to Tulsi Devi and at the end of the ceremony it is given to Brahmanis present there.
  6. After completion of the puja, Prasad is distributed among friends and other family members of organizers.
  7. During the aarti, a lamp is revolved in front of the plant and on completion, devotees are given a basil leaf and Prasad.
Mantra

Chant mantras during puja

Chanting the mantra will give you peace of mind and helps you to get rid of sins. Both priests and women participating in this Puja chant mantras and hymns.

Chant in Devanagari script

ऊँ त्रिपुराय विद्महे तुलसी पत्राय धीमहि |

तन्नो: तुलसी प्रचोदयात ||

A glimpse of English version

Ohm Tripuray Vidmahe Tulsi Patray Dhimahi |

Tanno: Tulsi Prachodayat ||

 

Benefits

Tulsi is regarded as the mother of this universe, and it symbolizes femininity. This plant is worshipped and respected by women and men alike. It represents loyalty, virtue and honor. Different scriptures tell in volumes about the benefit of worshipping this sacred plant. The plant is known to have caused many miracles that draw different devotees to it.

  1. It is believed that who takes part will find salvation, and there is no scope of any rebirth.
  2. This puja is equivalent to visiting any place of pilgrimage.
  3. You can get rid of all your sins by performing this puja.