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Why Tulsi Leaves are Not Offered To Ganesha?

In majority of the regions, Tulsi leaves are not offered to Ganesha. But in some regions Tulsi is offered during Ganesh Chaturthi Puja. There is a story which narrates why Tulsi is not offered to Ganapati. This story happened before Tulsi became a holy plant on earth. Legend has it Tulsi was a beautiful maiden and she was once visiting various Teerths (sacred places) chanting the name of Narayana.
Once she happened to see Young Ganesh meditating on the banks of Ganga. She was attracted by him.
Devi Tulsi tried various means to get the attention of Ganesha.
Ganesha who was disturbed by Devi Tulsi tried to find out the reason for her behavior. He also tried to make understand that it is not good to disturb a person who is meditating.
Devi Tulsi then requested him to marry her. But Ganesha told he was not interested in marriage. She tried several times giving various reasons. Ganeshji was not impressed and continued to ignore her. Finally, He advised her to marry someone else.
This an…

No Live Foxes for Nariyai Pariyakkuthal Ritual at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Live foxes were used in the Nariyai Pariyakkuthal Ritual at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. The foxes were captured from their habitat and later released in the same region. But the forest department has decided not to give permission to this ritual which is held in the Aavani month in MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. Economic Times reports "Chasing of any wild animal from its habitat and driving it to a different habitat and then releasing it again in the wild will disturb the socio ecological niche of the wild animal and will amount to a cognizable and non-bailable offence, under the Act," divisional forest officer (DFO), Nihar Ranajan said. He appealed to the authorities to extend full support the forest department in curbing and controlling such mythical and criminal practices.   When contacted, N Natarajan, joint commissioner of Meenakshi temple, said that such practice of bringing a live fox for the ritual was in vogue till three years ago. They have sought permission to forest dep…

Bankim Chandra Chatterji on Murti (Idol) Worship in Hindu Religion

The true explanation consists of the ever true relations of the subjective Ideal and to its objective Reality. Man is by instinct a poet and an artist. The passionate yearnings of heart for the Ideal in beauty, in power, and in purity, must find an expression in the world of the Real. Hence proceed all poetry and all art.
Exactly in the same way the ideal of the Divine in man receives a form from him, and the form is an image. The existence of Idols is as justifiable as that of the tragedy of Hamlet or of that of Prometheus. The religious worship of idols is a justifiable as the intellectual worship of Hamlet or Prometheus.
The homage we owe to the ideal of the human realized in art is admiration.
The homage we owe to the ideal of the Divine realized in idolatry is worship.