According to Hindu Mythology, Tulsi is a sacred plant and this plant needs to be worshipped everyday. This very plant can be found in many Hindu households and is considered to be an incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. It represents dedication, love, duty, sorrow and virtue of every woman. Therefore the herb is mostly worshipped by women of all ages.
Things needed for this Puja
This is a very simple puja and can be done on any day either in the morning or in the evening. The things that are needed for this puja is as follows: Tulsi Plant, Kumkum, Water, Clay lamp, Ghee, wick, Flowers and Fruits.
How to do Tulsi Puja
To do this puja one need to take bath so as to purify since that makes a person pure. After that they need to do some decoration of the pot on which the sacred plant is kept. Then water is offered to the plant. Kumkum is then applied on one of its leaves. In many households, red clothes are wrapped along the stem of this very plant and then flowers are offered to it. After offering flowers it is the time to offer fruits to Tulsi Mata. After offering the fruits, it is time for the sacred aarti to commence and this is done by lighting up the clay lamp. It is usually seen that after the completion of the sacred aarti, people take a leaf of Tulsi and place it in their mouth. It is done because by doing this they are taking the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi in them.
This puja takes place in the month of Kartik and on this day the plant is decorated in an exquisite way. By using mango leaves, sugarcane and flowers a highly decorated structure is made and after that the puja is offered to Tulsi Mata. This festival is basically the marriage of Tulsi Mata and Shaligram. As per the Hindu Mythology, Tulsi Mata is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and Shaligram is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that Tulsi represents loyalty, honor and virtue. The leaves of Tulsi represent the Hindu femininity and therefore it is also referred as the "Mother of the World."