In Hinduism, the Tulsi plant is considered highly auspicious. Therefore, almost every household has a Tulsi plant. People light a lamp near the Tulsi plant in the morning and evening and place a small offering near it. It is believed that a home with a healthy and vibrant Tulsi plant is blessed with prosperity and happiness, and the presence of Goddess Lakshmi is felt to reside in such houses.
Furthermore, placing the Tulsi plant in the correct direction and at the right location is believed to enhance positive energy flow in the house, contributing to a solid financial position. A Tulsi plant in the home attracts peace, prosperity, and overall well-being. However, according to Vastu, it is essential to position the Tulsi plant correctly for maximum benefits.
The right direction to plant the Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant
In ancient times, it was a tradition to plant the Tulsi plant in the house’s central courtyard so that it could receive ample sunlight, air, and water. However, due to the smaller size of modern homes and the increase in apartment living in metropolitan areas, determining where to plant the Tulsi plant has become a significant question. If you wish, you can still produce the Tulsi plant at the house’s main entrance. However, in homes where the main entrance needs more sunlight, air, and water, the Tulsi plant may not thrive. Therefore, planting the Tulsi plant on the balcony in such homes is advisable. It’s essential to consider whether the balcony faces the north or the east direction. According to religious beliefs, both these directions are considered auspicious and are believed to be the abode of deities. The north direction is associated with the God of wealth, Kubera. Therefore, planting Tulsi in this direction is considered to enhance the flow of wealth in the home.
Basil plants should not be kept in this direction!
Planting Tulsi (Holy Basil) in the South direction should be avoided, even unintentionally, according to Vastu principles. The South is considered the abode of ancestors, and planting Tulsi in this direction is believed to cause it to wither, leading to displeasure from Goddess Lakshmi. In such a situation, poverty may enter your home, and relationships among family members may be adversely affected. The South direction is reserved explicitly for rituals and ceremonies dedicated to ancestors, and planting Tulsi there may disrupt the harmonious flow of energy. Therefore, it is crucial to refrain from planting Tulsi in the South direction, even unknowingly, to maintain peace and prosperity in the household.
The Tulsi plant holds immense religious significance, particularly among the women of Hindu households. The Tulsi plant is placed in the centre of a designated area within the home, known as the Tulsi Chaura. This plant is highly revered in Indian culture and receives special worship. The leaves of the Tulsi plant are used in the Panchamrit during religious ceremonies. It is considered the only sacred plant used in worship rituals, and after cleaning, its leaves can be reused for subsequent ceremonies.
Tulsi leaves are also used to create prayer beads. During decoration ceremonies, these leaves are offered to deities. Many believe rituals dedicated to Lord Vishnu without Tulsi leaves must be completed. The dried stems of the plant are utilized to make prayer beads, especially for reciting Vishnu mantras. Wearing this Tulsi mala establishes a harmonious connection with Lord Vishnu.
Mythological Significance of Tulsi and Krishna’s Adoration
In Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, once arranged a Tulabharam ceremony. In this ritual, a person is weighed against grains, coins, vegetables, gold, etc., to assess their value. During the ceremony, Krishna’s weight surpassed all the precious items. When no jewellery was left, Rukmini, one of Krishna’s queens, placed a Tulsi leaf on the other side of the scale, causing it to tip. This story illustrates that even Lord Krishna acknowledges the superiority of Tulsi. Consequently, Krishna holds Tulsi in high esteem, emphasizing its vital importance.