Yanmule sarvatirhaani
Yannagre sarvadevataa
Yanmadhye sarvavedaascha
Tulsi taam namaamyaham

I bow down to the tulsi, At whose base are all the holy places, At whose top reside all the deities and In whose middle are all the Vedas.

There is a Sanskrit saying about tulsi: “tulanaa naasti athaiva tulsi” that which is incomparable in its qualities is the tulsi.

It is one of the most sacred plants. It is the only pooja samigri which can be washed and reused.

Satyabhama once weighed Lord Krishna against all her legendary wealth. The scales did not balance till a single tulsi leaf was placed along with the wealth on the scale by Rukmini with devotion. Thus tulsi played the vital role of demonstrating that even a small object offered with devotion is more important than all the wealth in the world.

Tulsi symbolizes Goddess Lakshmi. Those who wish to be righteous and have a happy family life worship the tulsi. Tulsi is married to the Lord with all pomp and show as in any wedding. This is because according to another legend, the Lord blessed her to be His consort.

Tulsi leaf has great medicinal value and is used to cure various ailments, including the common cold. It has detoxifying properties and is used in all spiritual fasts including the satynarayana katha where 1000 tulsi leaves are added to the water for pooja and later consumption.

Tulsi is added in every charnamrat (holy Prasad) as it has anti septic properties and the Prasad does not get infected.
Tulsi vivah (marriage) starts the marriage season in Kartik month. Tulsi seeds are known to induce and promote fertility.