There are more than 100 species of Tulsi plant in the world. On the basis of their respective regional religious beliefs, many species of Tulsi are popular, which are also known by many local and common names like in Sanskrit language it is named as Ram Tulsi and Krishna Tulsi. It is known as Trittavu in Malayalam, Tulsa in Marathi, Tulsi in Tamil and Telugu.
Out of which 4 species of Tulsi are popular.
– Ram Tulsi – Krishna Tulsi – Amrita Tulsi – Vana Basil
– Sweet basil – Thai basil – Purple basil – Lemon basil – Vietnamese basil – American basil – African blue basil – Italian genovese basil – Lettuce basil – Green ruffles basil – Cardinal basil – Greek basil – Spicy globe basil – Summer long basil
Tulsi plant grows in the form of a bush, its height is about 1-3 feet and the leaves are 1-2 inches long, oval or rectangular, which is also fragrant. There are also two species of basil leaves - Shri Tulsi whose leaves are green. And Krishna Tulsi (or Shyama Tulsi) whose leaves are blue-purple in color.
It is believed that Tulsi (plant) was a girl in her previous birth, whose name was Vrinda. Vrinda was born in a demon clan and Vrinda was a devotee of Lord Vishnu since childhood. When she grew up, her marriage was also completed with the demon king Jalandhar in the Rakshasa clan itself.
Tulsi leaves are considered more beneficial in terms of medicinal use. You can also eat basil leaves by plucking them directly from the plant. Basil seeds also have many benefits. Seeds and leaves can also be used by making powder.
Tulsi plant grows well in all types of soil. Plant it in such a place where water drains easily and does not stop, the month of April is right for planting Tulsi plant, water should be given immediately after planting it, it will be better if applied at the time of evening.
Cactus and thorny plants should not be kept with Tulsi. Tulsi leaves should not be plucked on Amavasya, Dwadashi and Chaturdashi. Tulsi leaves should not be plucked on Sundays.