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Shri Tulsi

Tulsi came out of the ocean during Amrita manthan as a younger sister of Lakshmi. She too was devoted to Lord Vishnu and wanted to marry him. But Lakshmi who was already married to him did not like the idea and cursed her to become a plant. Thus the tulsi plant was born. But the all merciful Lord Vishnu took pity and fulfilling her wish declared that when he will be in the form of a saligram she will remain close to him in the form of a tulsi leaf. Therefore even today a saligram will have a tulsi leaf along with it. In front of every GSB home there will be a tulsi katta in which a plant grows round the year.

 Although the prayers are offered to the Lord in Tulsi everyday by watering the plant in the morning and lighting an oil lamp before it in the evening, on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi there will be an annual Tulsi Pooja in the evening (in some quarters morning also) when the tulsi katta will be beautifully decorated and there will be clay tray lamps glowing besides firework by the children with the support of the elders in the home. It will be a joyous occasion. In the northern India in some communities it is called the Tulsi vivah or the wedding day of Tulsi with the Lord.

Choodi Puja:  

 A tulsi plant has medicinal properties capable of purifying the surroundings. In the month of shravan our ladies will adore tulsi on every Friday and Sunday with ‘chudis’ of flowers which in fact are the tiny bouquets of flowers like red Ratnagandhi and yellow Mithayi flowers with durva grass. While praying, Surya also is invoked and virtually it is a pooja  both toTulsi and Surya Narayan who are the visible gods. There are no mantras and no shlokas but the married ladies alone can perform this pooja with a waving of arti and an offering of panchakajjaya or even a few spoonful of sugar or jaggery, after a fast in the morning. Pooja over, the chudis will be given to elderly married ladies seeking their blessings.  Among the married ladies, those who are close in relation but far away by location are remembered and a mini-chudi will be sent by mail with a little kumkum. The recipient will send a similar chudi with her blessings. Thus in the month of Shravan our chudis will cross the seven seas and travel to far off lands like America. Surprisingly as a part of our unique cultural heritage, now quite a few GSB organisations are organising collective chudi exchange programme in one place where our ladies can meet and exchange instead of going from home to home. This is regarded as a best form of retaining the link between the nature and human beings and among human beings an opportunity to meet and seek the blessings of the elderly ladies.