For many years Tulsi plant has been worshipped by our elders, but I always wondered to know why?
In Sanskrit it is said:
Tulanaa naasti athaiva tulsi
Meaning – the one which is incomparable is tulsi.
It is said that when it comes to importance of worshipping and paying repects to gods and Hindu Deities, Tulsi plant comes first. Especially, Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are prayed forth following the worship of Tulsi. The virtue of Tulsi leaf is such that, it can be washed and recycled in the puja – as the leaf is self purifying.
Hindu Mythology and Legends about Tulsi: