| Most of the GSB married women will perform the
important Puja known as the Tulasi Puja. This is a set of rituals
that is performed in worship of the Tulasi plant and in worship of
the main entrance of the home.
Tulasi plant gained importance after the Puraana(s) were
written. In the Puraana(s) the Tulasi plant is considered to be a
sacred plant and gives strength and courage to the people who
worship it. It was well known that Tulasi plant had medicinal
values. But the information that the Tulasi plant has power to
resolve problems in the house and the family was new. It was
not clear how the Tulasi plant resolved the problems but people
believed that it did. Surely the Tulasi plant was an evergreen
plant and its leaves had a pleasant smell. The leaves had a light
bitter taste when chewed.
The plant looks beautiful when it sways in the wind. The
sapling is planted in a raised monument built with bricks and
cement, in the front yard of the house facing the main entrance
door of the house. The monument has a central deep well,
which opens on the top. In this well fresh earth is placed and a
Tulasi sapling is planted in it. Water is fed to the sapling every
day. The sapling grows into a plant within a couple of months.
There are many stories about the powers of Tulasi plant
in the Indian literature.
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