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Why Tulsi or Holy Basil is worshipped in Hinduism? – The story of Tulsi and Krishna

Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is worshipped in Hinduism and is a plant associated with Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. There are several stories in the Puranas that explain the significance of Tulsi plant and also there are several episodes in the life of Krishna which is associated with the Tulsi plant. This story of Tulsi and Lord Krishna explains how Tulsi Plant attained the sacred status it is enjoyed today. Please note that there are several such stories in the Puranas and this is one of them.Satyabhama one of the queens of Lord Krishna was proud of her beauty and always thought that Lord Krishna loved her most. Sage Narada who came to know about this wrong notion of Satyabhama decided to trick her. He arrived at her residence and was traditionally welcomed by Satyabhama. Pleased with her hospitality, Sage Narada asked Satyabhama to ask a boon. She wanted the blessing from Sage Narada that Lord Krishna will be her husband in all her births. Sage Narada then said that it is a well known fac…

Saubhagya Sundari Vrat

Saubhagya Sundari Vrat is observed on the third day during the Krishna Paksha of Margasheersh month in North India and also during the third day of the Shukla Paksha in Chaitra month. The corresponding period in Gujarat and Maharashtra is the Kartik month. The vrat is observed by married women for the long life of their husbands.

Saubhagya Sundari Vrat is dedicated to Mother Goddess. In some regions the Goddess to whom the Vrat is dedicated is named as Saubhgyasundari.

This is not a hugely popular vrat and is only observed in certain parts of North India.

What is Ksheerabdi Dwadasi - Religious Importance of Ksheerabdi Dwadasi

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi is observed on the 12th day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Kartik Month. Ksheerabdi Dwadasi 2017 date is November 1. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and He is believed to wake up from the Chaturmas sleep on the day and visit Earth. Tulsi plant and Amla Tree are worshipped on the day. The day is also the first day of Tulsi Puja in many regions.

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi is also dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and she is worshipped along with coins on the day.

The Prabodini Ekadasi fast which began on the previous day ends on the morning of Ksheerabdi Dwadasi.

Hari Prabodini Ekadasi

Hari Prabodini Ekadashi is observed during the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in the month of Kartik (October – November). Hari Prabodini Ekadasi 2016 date is November 11. It is believed that Lord Hari (Vishnu) wakes up from his deep slumber that began on Ashadi Ekadasi (July) on this Ekadashi day. The significance of Hari Prabodhini Ekadasi was narrated to Sage Narada by Lord Brahma and is found in the Skanda Purana.

Numerous auspicious pujas and rituals associated with Lord Vishnu takes place during the Hari Prabodini Ekadasi and this includes the Pandarpur Yatra in Kartik month to the Lord Vithal Temple and Tulsi Vivah. The Chaturmas Vrata also ends on the day.

Those observing Hari Prabodini Ekadasi will be able to wash away the sins committed and also attain Moksha or liberation.

All the usual niyamas associated with Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day.

In some regions, people observe a very strict fast on the day and does not eat or drink water on the day. This Ek…

Swami Tapovan Thoughts on How to Realize Brahman and Secure Liberation

For a worldly man, wealth and other sense objects produce recurring grief, yet his mind clings to them – that is the great maya! This indiscretion should be overcome by discriminating thought. When the Avidya is destroyed, pursuit after sense objects will cease. This is the vairagya recommended to men in the scriptures.
Vairagya (dispassion) is the first step in the endeavour to realize God. A mind devoid of vairagya will not get concentrated upon godly sadhanas.
At the root of all evil is passion. It is what makes the mind unsteady. Destroy passion with wisdom and get established in dispassion.
Contract no attachment to anything. Welcome what comes, willingly give up what goes. There is no need to worry about either.
Live, live in the living present. Think not of the past or future.
If one attains this state of dispassion one’s mind will get fixed upon God. He will find joy in the worship of God. The blissful Lord is no longer far. Soon it will be possible to realize Him and se…