Why do Hindu consider Tulsi the most sacred plant?
According to ancient Hindu belief, it is essential that at least one Tulsi plant exists in the courtyard of every home. It is customary to plant Tulsi in the month of Kartik. The Skandpuran says that one gets rid of the sins of as many lives as the number of Tulsi plants one grows. The Padampuran asserts that wherever there is a garden of Tulsi plants that place is like a pilgrimage. Representatives of Yama, the God of Death, cannot enter this home. Homes plastered with soil in which the Tulsi grows are free from disease.
Ancient religious texts have praised the Tulsi in many ways. Air that carries the fragrance of Tulsi benefits people it comes in contact with. Planting and caring for Tulsi helps people get rid of their sins. Even if one Tulsi is grown, the presence of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and other gods is assured. Benefits of pilgrimages like Pushkar and that of rivers like Ganga are also available there. By offering prayers to Tulsi, one automatically prays to all gods and it is akin to a pilgrimage, therefore, the benefits accrue accordingly.
During the month of Kartik, when prayers are offered to Tulsi, or new plants are grown, the accumulated sins of many births are absolved. Tulsi affords auspicious opportunities generously. Simultaneously, it removes worries and tension. By offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Krishna one achieves salvation. Without Tulsi religious ceremonies remain incomplete. When charity is given along with Tulsi, it ensures great benefits. And when shraddh is offered to forefathers near a Tulsi plant, it pleases them immensely.
Tulsi leaves have excellent qualities and whoever consumes them thrice daily achieves purity and benefits of the chandrayan fast (related to the waning and waxing of the moon). Whoever bathes in water in which a few Tulsi leaves have been added is considered to have bathed at all important pilgrim canters. Whoever adds Tulsi leaves in the charanamrit offered