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What's the deal with no watering the plant on Sundays?

And why tulsi is sacred?

Are there other plants which are considered as sacred ones?

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A partial answer is as follows.

Not sure about watering the plant but plucking Tulasi leaves is prohibited on several occasions,Tithis and days including on Sundays.The following Sloka provides details about the times which are "nishiddha"(prohibited ) for plucking Tulasi leaves.

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During Vyaptipata nad Vydhriti yogas,on Tuesdays,Fridays and Sundays (Bhaumabhargavabhanusu) etc..plucking Tulasi leaves is an prohibited act.

From the Essence of Dharma Sindhu:

Tulasi Mahima: As regards Tulasi, it is stated that during t he Vaidhruti and Vyatipata times, Sunday-Tuesday-Fridays, Purnima and Amavasyas, Sankranti days, Dwadashi Tithis and during Ashuchi days, plucking Tulasi is as atrocious as cutting one’s own head.

Now coming to the question"Why Tulasi is sacred?"

The reason is well explained in Devi Bhagavata Purana :

Devi Tulasi was the daughter of Dharmadvaja and she too turned out to be a Tapasvini, performing extremely severe sacrifices like meditation with ‘Panchagni’ or Fires on five sides of her body - on four direcions and on top. Lord Brahma knew her desire of wedding Narayana Himself. He explained to her that she was fully aware that She was a ‘Jatismara’ ( person having knowledge of previous birth), that she was Devi Tulsi Gopi in her previous birth as a maid of Radha desirous to have union with Krishna in a ‘Rasakreeda’( dance performance) which was not liked by Radha who cursed her to quit but Krishna advised her to take a fresh birth as the daughter of Dharmadhvaja as a Tapasvini. Brahma in turn explained to Tulsi that there was a Gopa ( Cow boy) named Sudama who was of Krishna’s ‘Amsa’ ( a part Extension) - also a ‘Jatismara’- as he too was cursed by Devi Radha to become a demon now called Sankhachooda. After marrying him, Brahma said that she would eventually attain union with Krishna as the latter would curse Tulsi to become a Sacred Tree to be prayed to all over the world.

Are there other plants which are considered as sacred ones?

Yes of course there are.

Like Bilva tree(which is dear to Goddess Lakshmi &whose leaves are very dear to Lord Shiva).Durva,Aswatha being some other examples of sacred trees.

The sacred nature of Bilwa and Aswatha can be ascertained from the verses given below:

From Aswatha Vruksha Stotram,for example,:

Moolatho Brahma roopaya, madhyatho Vishnu roopine, Agratha Shiva roopaya Vruksha rajaya they nama., 1

My salutations to the king of trees. Whose root is the form of Brahma, Middle is the form of Lord Vishnu, And top is the form of Lord Shiva.

Similarly from Bilwashtakam

Salagrama shilamekaam vipranam jatha cha arpayeth, Soma yagna maha punyam, Eka bilwam shivarpanam., 4

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva, For it is equal to, offering a saligrama to a Brahmin, Or the great blessing got out of performing Soma Yaga,

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Lord Krishna told in Mahabaratha that if anybody offers a tulsi leaf and a small quantity of water he is most satisfied. That much sacred is Tulsi. In kodayin paadhai Volume 6 a tamil book by Lakshmi narasimhachariar quoted in vaikuntam a tulsi plant is after every 9 small flowery plants. You can water everyday. Plucking of tulsi leaves should be done by chanting kesava nama. Tell tulsi leaves that I am plucking you for the puja of Narayana.

Keep a tulsi plant in a small cemented maadam. Apply sandal and kumkum on 4 sides. In the evening light a small lamp and keep in the space provided in the maadam. Chant tulsi gayatri mantra--- Om tulsi Patraye vidmahe maha lakshmiyache deemehe tanno tulasi prachodayath

  • What do you mean by Keshava nama is it twelve names of Shriman Narayana? Keshava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, Madhusudana, Trivikrama, Vamana, Shridhara, Hrishikesha, Padmanabha, Damodhara. – Yogi Nov 12 '16 at 19:21
  • @Yogi--Yes. Chant om kesavaya namah while you pluck the tulsi leaf. – Parthasarathy Raghavan Nov 13 '16 at 17:07

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