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About offering Tulasi leaves

Discussion in 'Queries on Religion & Spirituality' started by sanju, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. sanju

    sanju New IL'ite

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    I had doubt regarding Tulasi plant..ofcourse this thread was posted b4 but my doubt had not cleared so i whted 2 raise this topic.

    My doubt is i saw b4 thread regarding tulasi tht we shouldnt offer tulasi leaves to god Siva,Ganesha.Why shouldnt we offer this leaves to them...any harm in it.Should we offer only 2 vishnu not 2 any one else...I actually dont pluck Tulasi leaves which i worship the plant but i pluck frm another tulasi plant that i doesnt worship & offer to ganesha.shiva,vishnu in my prayer room.
     
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  2. Blondie

    Blondie Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Sanju,

    I don't have much knowledge about religious practices but since so far there is no response for your query.....

    I believe goddess tulasi like goddess earth is vishnu's wife, so shouldn't "offer" tulasi leaves to Shiva. Any other leaves which are not traced back to Vishnu (as being wedded to him) can be offered to Shiva(specifically bilva patris). Here there is a difference between 'Offering' the leaves to god 'Shiva' and using the leaves for pooja vidhanam (like in putting them in the theertham, or in the water that is sprinkled on devotees, tulasi has lot of medicinal benefits)

    Srimati Tulasi Nilayam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    During Vinayaka chavithi we offer all kinds of fruits and certain number (21)of leaves and Tulasi leaves is in them.

    1,machipatram
    2.bruhati patram
    3.bilwa patram
    4.garika
    5.ummetta
    6.rEgu
    7.apamarga
    8.tulasi
    9.maamidi
    10.ganneru
    11.vishnukranta
    12.danimma
    13.devadAru
    14.maruvam
    15.sindhu vaara
    16.jaaji
    17.ganDaki
    18.jammi
    19.raavi
    20 maddi
    21 jilleDu
     
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    vmur Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Sanju,

    This is a story that I have heard from my grandmother and closely matches to the one found on the internet ( I don't remember which site, but I am roughly reproducing the content below. There might be other versions too.)

    Tulsi, the daughter of Dharmaraja, the God of righteousness, was roaming about in the world in ecstatic devotion to Lord Narayana, in her youthful days and came upon the banks of the sacred river Ganga. There she wandered into a serene ashram full of fragrant flowers and plants swaying in cool breeze. She saw Lord Ganesha, who was in the prime of his youth, beautifully dressed in yellow silks, and lost in deep contemplation on Lord Krishna.

    Captivated by the beauty of Lord Ganesha, she entreated him to marry her. Lord Ganesha turned down the proposal, saying that he was least interested in married life. Tulsi became angry and cursed Him saying : "You shall surely marry !", whereupon He also pronounced a countercurse on her : "You too shall get married, but to an Asura, and thereafter you shall be cursed to be born as a plant by the wise men".

    Realising her mistake, Tulsi pleaded for mercy, and extolled Lord Ganesha with divine hymns. Lord Ganesha relented and said: "Though you shall be born as a plant, you will inherit the essence of all fragrance. All the gods will be happy with your fragrance, and Lord Hari will be specially glad to receive worship with your leaves. But you shall not be acceptable in the worship offered to me, except on Chathurthi days". So saying, Lord Ganesha left that place and went to Badrikashram.

    That might be the reason why Tulsi is not offered to Lord Ganesh with the exception of Chathurthi.

    Regards
    Vidya
     
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    diwali Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Vidya,

    :thankyou2: for u r post! nice to know abt GODESS TULASI!


    regards,
    Sri
     
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    Blondie Bronze IL'ite

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    vmur the site is .:: Official site of Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, INDIA ::. answer to the question why tulsi is cursed by ganesh.

    this is the first time i came to know of this version.
    Since all the puja vidhanam books require tulasi patram to be placed on all the offerings(naivedyam) for any deity, i wasn't aware of any restrictions. Except for the difference which i noted in my first post.

    Sanju, you might want to take a peek at this Re: Tulasi leaves - Audarya Fellowship
     
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    Thanku for clearing my doubt ....so by these we conclude tht we shouldnt offer tulasi leaves any other god accept vishnu...
     
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    Hi Vidya,
    Thanks for the nice explanation about Tulasi and why it should not be offered to Lord Ganesha except Chathurthi days.
     

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