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Why Did Tulsi Curse Lord Ganesh?

By December 7, 2021November 2nd, 2023No Comments

We offer almost everything to Lord Ganesha. However, have you ever wondered why tulsi is not offered to lord ganesha? Tulsi, also known as the Holy Basil, while used for all Hindu traditions, is never offered to Lord Ganesh for puja? It is a known fact that the Tulsi plant houses Goddess Laxmi.

The leaves are sacred in the Hindu culture and are offered for many important rituals. Even then, Ganapati puja never included Tulsi. In fact, Ganapati is offered durva (grass) and red Jaswanti flowers, but Tulsi is not a part of the rituals. So why is it that such a holy plant is not offered in a ceremony to ‘Vighnaharta’? There is an interesting story behind it.

Story Behind Tulsi And Lord Ganesha’s Mutual Curse

This is the tulsi and ganesha story. This story tells us why Tulsi is never offered to Lord Ganesha and what happened between them. Tulsi was born as the daughter of Dharmaraj. Dharmaraj was the keeper of righteousness and instilled good values in the lady Tulsi. A young Tulsi grew up to be devoted to Lord Narayan. One day, the beautiful girl was walking past the Ganges and came across an ashram. In the ashram, she saw a young and handsome Ganesh lost deep in meditation. As soon as Tulsi laid eyes upon him, she was captivated by his beauty.

She approached the meditating Lord and asked him to marry her. Ganesh was a Brahmachari then and refused Tulsi’s proposal. This angered Tulsi, and she cursed Ganesh: ‘You will be married against your will to not 1 but 2 wives.’ The handsome lord also got infuriated and, in turn, cursed her, ‘You will be married too but to a conch-demon.’ The anger in both subsided after this harsh exchange, and Tulsi now started crying and begged for mercy to Ganesh. The Lord took pity on her and said, ‘You will be blessed by the Gods and be born as a plant. This plant will have the essence of all fragrances. All the gods will be happy with your presence and will be a part of the rituals.

You will be especially loved by Lord Vishnu, and your leaves will be used in the worship of God. You, however, will never be offered in my puja.’ After this, Ganesha went to Badrikashram, and Tulsi went home.

The curse took effect, and Lord Ganapati married Riddhi and Siddhi. Devi Tulsi, on the other hand, got married to Shankhachuda (Or Jalandhara, the conch demon). She was devoted to her husband, but as he was a demon, he caused much havoc and was finally killed by Lord Shiva. After this, Tulsi was born as a plant, the Holy Basil and became dear to Lord Vishnu. All rituals were only considered complete when Tulsi was offered to the ceremony.

Uses Of Tulsi

Tulsi is an auspicious plant found in Hindu households. It is considered as the Queen of all herbs and has religious and medicinal significance:

  • It signifies Goddess Lakshmi and is said to bring abundance to the home it is planted in.
  • It is offered to many Gods and Goddesses, especially to Lord Vishnu, during Narayan puja.
  • It is offered to dying people with water.
  • Wearing a Tulsi leaf mala is considered to bring calmness and peace of mind to an individual. 

Also Read: A Brief Story Of Shaligram And Tulsi

Medicinal Uses of Tulsi 

  • The plant is great at fighting acne and scars on the skin and is considered safe for topical use.
  • It prevents hair fall and premature greying.
  • The use of  Tulsi helps control metabolism and boost the digestive system.
  • Tulsi eye-wash relieves strain on the eyes.
  • It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and is used commonly to cure fever, sore throat and cold.

Things To Be Careful About When Planting Tulsi

  • Tulsi leaves should never be chewed as they contain mercury, which is bad for the enamel.
  • Do not subject the leaves to heat cooking.
  • Do not keep the plant in the vicinity of a garbage bin or broom (any cleaning supplies).
  • Never offer Tulsi to Shiva-linga.
  • Place the Tulsi in the North or North-East direction of the house.
  • Do not pluck Tulsi leaves on Sunday or Ekadashi.
  • Do not keep thorny bushes around the Tulsi plant.
  • Avoid keeping dry or dying Tulsi in the house and immerse any dead plants in a river body.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. Who is Tulsi married to?

It is believed that Tulsi got married to Lord Vishnu in his shaligrama form. The wedding is celebrated as Tulsi vivah.

2. Is it auspicious to offer tulsi to Lord Ganesha?

No, Tulsi plant leaves are never offered to Lord Ganesha. This is because of the mutual revile between the two.

3. Which planet is associated with Tulsi?

Tulsi is said to be associated with the planet Mercury. Mercury is also said to be associated with Lord Krishna.

4. Which God to offer Tulsi?

Tulsi plant leaves are generally offered to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Vishnu is highly fond of this sacred plant.

5. Is gifting Tulsi good?

Gifting Tulsi is considered to be highly auspicious. It is one of the most sacred and blessed plants in Hinduism; thus, gifting it is considered auspicious.

6. What happens if we offer tulsi to ganesha?

Tulsi and Lord Ganesha are both involved in a mutual curse. It is believed that of someone offers Tulsi to Lord Ganesha, it makes him angry.

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