Tulsi is a sacred plant which can be found in almost every Hindu's home. Tulsi Pooja (Worship of Tulsi) is observed almost every day. Following things are required for Tulsi Puja.
The sacred plant, Tulsi is regarded as the incarnation of the goddess
Mahalakshmi. Tulsi represents duty, dedication, love, virtue and sorrow
of all women. That is why this herb is usually worshipped by women of
all age groups.
To begin Tulsi Puja, one is required to take a bath. Decorate the pot
where Tulsi is grown. Offer water to the sacred plant. Apply kumkum on
one of its leaf. A length of red cloth can be wrapped along the stem.
Offer red flower to the sacred herb, Tulsi. Offer fruits by placing them
near the pot. Light the clay lamp and perform aarti to complete the
Tulsi Puja. People usually take a leaf of Tulsi after the Puja and put
it in their mouth. It is believed by committing such act; they are
taking the spirit of goddess inside them.
It is considered that the month of Kartik (October-November) is loved by
Tulsi. And on a specific day (Kartik Shukla Dwadashi) of this month
there is a tradition when Tulsi plants are beautifully decorated with
structures made of sugarcane, mango leaves and flowers and then a puja
is offered. In northern India and in Gaudiya Vaishnava communities, it
is called the 'Tulsi Vivah' or the wedding day of Tulsi and Shaligram.
Tulsi represents honor, virtue and steadfast loyalty. This sacred bush
of herbal leaves symbolizes Hindu femininity respected by men and women.
Tulsi is regarded as the "Mother of the World."