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507. Thulasi..Thulasi…

Thulasi or Basil is a herb which cures many diseases and is also found  commonly  in many places of the world.  In India, thulasi is considered holy and being worshipped in many houses. It is believed that if we keep and worship thulasi, ill-spirits won’t enter the house.  Ours sins will vanish if we worship thulasi and do good deeds.

The thulasi theertham given in Perumal temples is considered holy and it cures many diseases. Of all the herbs used in the medicinal form of Ayurveda, thulasi finds an important place. There is  evidence that thulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Thulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Thulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties.

The Hindu name for holy basil, Thulsi, means “the incomparable one.” Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds. It  has traditionally been used to support immunity, stress response, and to support the body’s natural detoxification process.  Bhagavatha Purana calls thulasi as “The queen of herbs”.   Thulsi is viewed as a living gateway between heaven and earth, and regarded as the manifestation of the divine within the plant kingdom.

After knowing everything, we should worship and use thulasi as a medicine in our day-to-day life to achieve its benefits.

 

259. Uthana dwadasi

Thulasi devi  married  Lord Krishna on the shukla paksha dwadasi thithi of Karthika masa before full moon. Uthana means waking up from sleep. Lord Vishnu was taking rest(sleeping) during chaturmasa and gets up on the uthana dwadasi day evening.

We all know that basil ie thulasi with all its medical properties is considered very sacred. All the ladies start their daily puja after  worshipping thulasi devi. In madhwa community uthana dwadasi is an important puja which is performed in the evening.

Amla(nelli) branch is kept in the thulasi brindavana and puja is done in the evening with possible madi. Lord Vishna comes in the name of Damodhara in the amla plant on this day.  We have to take 5 big amlas and scrap inside. We have to pour ghee inside it and  keep hoo-bathi for taking aarathi. We have to tell archana, slokas and  songs on damodara and thulasi. Kosambari and laddu are prepared as neivedhya & given to sumangalis along with thamboola.