[ecis2016.org] Tulsi Plant, also known as Basil, has a lot of medicinal properties which can keep you safe from seasonal cold and cough. We look at the Vastu Shastra principles to follow, for keeping this plant at home
Known as the queen of herbs, the tulsi plant has numerous medicinal properties and is often found in Indian households, because it is considered sacred among the Hindus. Also called basil, this herb acts as a cure to various seasonal diseases such as common cold, flu and cough. Additionally, keeping a tulsi plant at home brings harmony and happiness to the family, according to Vastu.
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So, where to place Tulsi plant at home? Here is a Vastu guide for keeping the Holy basil in your house to attract positivity.
Tulsi Plant Vastu
Tulsi or holy basil is a flowering plant that belongs to the mint family and has originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is a short perennial shrub that grows up to one metre in height and have fragrant green or purple-coloured leaves. The plant’s fruits are nutlets that contain numerous seeds.
As per the Hindu religion, Tulsi is a revered plant that is believed to be a form of goddess Lakshmi. Hence, it finds it place in many Indian households. Usually, people grow the plant in a four-sided cement structure that is also known as Tulsi chaura. As per Vastu, the presence of this auspicious plant is known to purify the environment and promote positivity, meditation, and protection.
People worship Tulsi plant in the morning and evening by chanting mantras, lighting incense and offering flowers and pure Ganges water to the plant.
Tulsi plant Vastu: Benefits of Tulsi plant at home
- The leaves of Tulsi are widely known for their medicinal properties and used in Ayurveda, which is an alternative system of medicine.
- Tulsi helps in fighting various diseases and conditions, including cancer, heart-related diseases, respiratory illnesses, skin problems, etc.
- Apart from its medicinal properties, the presence of tulsi plants helps in eliminating stress.
- The plant keeps mosquitoes away with its mosquito-repellent qualities.
- Keeping this plant at home purifies the air. It is believed that the tulsi plant absorbs toxic gases such as sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc., from the air.
- The plant creates a pleasant aroma, which keeps the surrounding fresh.
- Tulsi is also used as a herb in cooking.
- The woody stem of the Tulsi plant is widely utilised in making beads for rosaries or japa mala.
- As per Hindu religion, a ceremony known as Tulsi Vivah is performed before the beginning of the wedding season. In this ceremony, the ceremonial wedding of Lord Vishnu with Tulsi is conducted in temples and homes.
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Tulsi promotes a blissful marital life
As per Vastu Shastra, worshipping Tulsi plant leads to a happy married life for couples, and brings peace, wealth, and prosperity.
Which Tulsi is best for home? Rama and Shyama?
You can keep either of these two varieties of Tulsi plant at home. Both Rama and Shyama Tulsi plant are widely popular for their medicinal benefits.
The Holy Basil or green Tulsi plant is the commonly available Tulsi plants considered auspicious as per Vastu Shastra. There are different variants of the Tulsi plant in India.
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The Tulsi with green leaves is called ‘Shri-Tulsi’, also known as ‘fortunate Tulsi’ or ‘Rama-Tulsi’ or ‘bright Tulsi’. Rama Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum), is known for its healing properties and used for religious purposes. The taste of the Tulsi leaves is sweeter than other Tulsi variants.
The Tulsi with dark green or purple leaves and purple stem is called ‘Shyama-Tulsi’ or ‘dark Tulsi’ or ‘Krishna-Tulsi’. It is associated with Lord Krishna because its purple colour is similar to Lord Krishna’s dark complexion. Shyama Tulsi is also known as Krishna tulsi (Ocimum Tenuiflorum) is the Tulsi variant with unique medicinal benefits like cure for throat infections, skin diseases, ear ache, nasal lesions and respiratory problems.
This form of tulsi is known for its healing properties and fighting many life-threatening diseases. It has an aromatic smell that keeps inspects and mosquitoes away.
The other Indian variants are Vana Tulsi or Wild Tulsi.
Where to keep Tulsi plant at home according to Vastu Shastra?
Vastu Shastra recommends guidelines for keeping Tulsi plant in the ideal direction in home.
While the best place for the plant is in the east, you can also place it in the balcony or near the window in the north or the north-east direction. The north direction is the direction of water as per Vastu. Placement of tulsi plant in this direction will help set a positive environment at home by inviting the good energies and eliminating the negative energies.
- Ensure sufficient sunlight is available near the plant.
- Always keep the plant in odd numbers like one, three or five.
- Do not place things such as brooms, shoes or dustbins around the planter.
- Ensure that the area around the plant is neat and clean.
- Always place flowering plants near the plant.
- Avoid keeping a dry plant in the house as it attracts negative energies.
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Avoid growing Tulsi plant on the ground
Since the Tulsi plant is worshipped and is regarded as sacred, one should not plant Tulsi directly in the ground. Make sure you keep the plant in a pot and plant it on a raised platform in the north or northeast corner. You can consider the window rail or balcony for growing the holy basil or Tulsi plant at home.
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How to worship Tulsi plant at home?
As per Vastu Shastra, one should follow certain rules when worshipping the Holy Basil or Tulsi plant and creating a simple Tulsi mandir design at home.
- The tulsi plant is considered a sacred plant and hence one should ensure to keep the surroundings near the Tulsi plant clean and clutter-free. This is important to attract positive energies in the house.
- Light an oil lamp near the plant.
- Offer water from a Kalash to the Tulsi plant. Always hold the kalash with both the hands.
- Offer holy items like kumkum, haldi, flowers and incense.
- Chant shloka while circumambulating
You can also keep a Tulsi chaura in the house, a four-sided, cement structure for growing the sacred Tulsi plant. As per Vastu Shastra, you can design the Tulsi chaura structure in the northeast corner of your balcony or outdoor space. East is another idea Tulsi plant Vastu direction you can consider.
Use materials like wood or marble for designing the Tulsi mandir design structure. Make sure the area is clean and receives adequate sunlight. You can light a ghee lamp near the plant.
Tulsi plant Vastu direction
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Tulsi plant Vastu direction to avoid
When bringing Tulsi plant to home, make sure you place the plant in the Vastu recommended direction only, which is the north or northeast direction. According to the Vastu Shastra rules, one should not keep the plant in the south east direction, which is the direction of fire god or Agni.
Best day to worship Tulsi plant?
Usually, people in India worship the sacred Tulsi plant. As per Vastu Shastra, Tuesdays and Fridays are considered the most auspicious days of the week.
Which day is best to plant Tulsi at home?
According to Hindu beliefs, tulsi should be planted on a Thursday in the Kartik month, as per the Hindu calendar.
Does a tulsi plant need direct sunlight?
According to gardening experts, the plant should be placed close to a window which is warm and sunny. It requires almost six to eight hours of sunlight during the day. Therefore, the planter has to be placed in a spot where it would be able to receive a lot of sunlight.
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Can tulsi be grown indoors?
It can be grown indoors, provided it gets proper sunlight. You can keep it near a window which gets the maximum daylight. Moreover, the indoors should be warm and the soil should be kept moist, to allow the tulsi to bloom and spread its fragrance.
How to maintain a tulsi plant?
Make sure you prune the plant regularly. Remove the dried leaves and keep it watered. Add organic fertilisers to keep it green and healthy.
How many Tulsi plants should be kept at home?
Tulsi plants should be kept in odd numbers.
Why is the Tulsi plant kept outside?
The plant is tropical and requires 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Which direction is good for Tulsi plant?
The ideal location to place a Tulsi or Basil plant is the east, north-east or north or in the central part of the house.
(With inputs from Surbhi Gupta)
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