I could get Tulsi plant at last
April 18, 2010 3:17am CST
As I have said in my previous discussion, in my country the Tulsi (Basil) plant is considered a holy plant and it plays a major role in the Hindu rituals. In every Hindu home one can see a pot containing this holy plant in the courtyard, balcony, and roof top. For last one month I was searching a plant here. Today is Sunday; at last I could get a plant from a road side plant seller for 25 rupees, it was in a small polythene pack with little earth in it. Next I searched for a pot for it, this I could get for 20 rupees, but the real headache was to get earth for it. I had to move about 10 kilometers with my son, in one place we saw some trees cut on the roadside and labors were digging out the roots. From there I could get raw earth. My wife has set the plant in the pot and watered it. She is happy, now they can light ghee lamp and incense stick near it and pray. Do you keep tulsi plant in your home for worship, please share your views? Happy posting, cheers. Prof
18 Apr 10
there are 3 different types of tulsi. Two of the look similar but one is green(Ram Tulsi) and the other has shades of dark blue(Krishna Tulsi). The third one is has longer leaf and is generally used worshipping shiva. I do not know if many even know about it. this one is a kind of wild variety. Tulsi is a good medicinal plant. it can be used for common cold, cough, sore throat, head ache, feaver etc. We have about half a dozen pots of tulsi plants. but at my native village, we plant it on the ground because there is lots of free space around the house and the house is in the midst of the farmland. they have all the three varieties of tulsi and its planted around the house.
19 Apr 10
They are called by different names in different parts of India. when making a herbal drink never use the sugar, but use dark jaggery (made from sugar cane) or gud(made from palm tree). make sure that both are not treated with chemicals. Thanks for contributing your bit of information here. hope it will benefit many.
• Garden Grove, California
19 Apr 10
hi professor2010 I am here in California in the US from your discussions I am learning so much.thanks for sharing. I do not know about other Americans but we do not use this plant to worship with but your custom sounds really wonderful to me. Is this plant like our basil that we grow in the Us, I have used basil as an herb in my pasta dishes for years, love the flavor. but I really do find your using the plant as a place to worhip really nice. we do not have that custom, but I do keep in contact with My God always and pray often too.
• Anantapur, India
18 Apr 10
hi bhuwanji, Every hindu lady will devote Tulsi plant,when my wife is any where either at home at kadapa or at Hyderabad or at Guntur,she will pray and do some pooja to Tulsi plant,if she is not in town,i will pour some water to Tulsi plant ,in that way i will devote it,have a nice day
18 Apr 10
dear professor, basil or tulsi i have learned while seaching, is a member of the mint family. it has extremely aromatic leaves also have a delightful variety of flavors from the slightly lemony mint of "sweet Basil" to cinnamon, and licorice. leaf color spans from rich green to deep purple, with smooth or crinkled leaves. the flowers are insignificant, but very popular with bees. it is traditionally planted along side tomato plants. am planning on a potted garden once i finish with my house renovation. it’s said they help each other grow, but it may just be for convenience in harvesting. it is not just for gardens but also actually make nice edging plants in the ornamental garden, if you don’t have problems with animals. i think i will plant for the purpose of cooking. do you use tulsi in cooking? i understand it is a holy plant in your place. happy mylotting. ann
20 Apr 10
Dear ann We donot use tulsi in cooking, but because of its medicinal value used as tea for cold and cough, many cough mixtures in medicine shops has this as basic ingredient, i never knew it is planted side by side with tomoato Thanks for the information, cheers God bless you. Prof
• United States
19 Apr 10
In my religion we don't have holy plants, unless you were to count the palm fronds as holy (which I really don't, to me they are just symbolic). Thus, there is no plant that is as popular to have in one's home as your Tulsi plant is for the people of the Hindu faith. What I do know about the Basil plant is that the leaves and such are very commonly used for cooking here and my mother in law has several different varieties growing in her garden.