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Tulasi taam namaamyaham
"I bow to the Tulsi, at whose base are all the holy places, at whose top reside all the deities and in whose middle are all the Vedas."
The Tulsi or Sacred Basil is one of the most sacred plants. There is a saying in Sanskrit: "Tulanaa naasti athaiva tulsi" - that which is incomparable in its qualities is the Tulsi. It is the only pooja samagri which can be washed and reused.
Satyabhama once weighed Lord Krishna against all her legendary wealth. The scales did not balance until a last single Tulsi leaf was placed along with the wealth on the scale by Rukmini with devotion. Thus, Tulsi played the vital role of demonstrating that even a small object offered with devotion is of greater value than all the wealth in the world.
The Tulsi leaf has great medicinal value and is used to cure various ailments, including the common cold. Tulsi seeds are good for male infertility and increase the viscosity of semen and sperm counts. It has detoxifying properties and is used in fasts, including the Satynarayana Katha where a thousand Tulsi leaves are added to the water for pooja, and which is consumed later by everybody.
Tulsi also symbolizes Goddess Lakshmi. Those who wish to be righteous and have a happy family life worship the Tulsi. Tulsi is ‘married’ to Lord Vishnu with pomp and show like any other wedding. This ‘marriage’ is solemnised because according to a legend, the Lord blessed her to be His consort. Tulsi is worshipped in the months of Magh and Kartik. Tulsi vivah is observed in the month of Kartik and is the symbolic marriage of Lord Vishnu in the form of a shaligram (sacred stone) and Tulsi. It indicates the importance of Tulsi for fertility. Tulsi pooja is an important component of any marriage.