The Sacred Tradition: Lighting Diya (Deepak) Near Tulsi Every Day
In the heart of many Indian households, there stands a symbol of purity, devotion, and spirituality—the holy basil plant, or Tulsi.
It is an integral part of the Indian culture and is often considered sacred and divine.
To pay homage to this revered plant, a beautiful tradition is observed daily—the lighting of a diya (lamp) near Tulsi.
The Symbolism of Tulsi: A Divine Connection
Tulsi, scientifically known as Ocimum sanctum, holds a special place in Hinduism and other Indian traditions.
It is regarded as a manifestation of the goddess Tulsi, believed to bring purity and protection to the household.
The plant is also associated with Lord Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism.
The leaves of Tulsi are not only used in worship but also have medicinal and therapeutic properties.
Lighting a diya near Tulsi is not just a routine activity but a sacred ritual. Here’s why it holds such significance:
Offering Light to the Divine
Enhancing Spiritual Connection
Blessings and Protection
The Ritual Itself: How It’s Done
The lighting is typically done in the evening, just before or after sunset.
Ensure the Tulsi plant and its area are clean and clutter-free.
Use a pure ghee or oil lamp with a cotton wick for lighting the diya.