SAT, DEC 9
SAHASRANAMA TULASI ARCHANA
to Lord Venkateshwara
Devotees can drop off Tulasi leaves at the temple for the archana. It can either be dropped off on Friday evening or Saturday morning before the archana.
Performing puja to Lord Balaji with Tulasi leaves is very auspicious. Sahasranama Archana will be done by offering Tulasi leaves to Lord Venkateshwara on Sunday which is Ekadasi, during this holy month. Register to have your name included in the sankalpam of this special Karthika masa Archana at TULASI ARCHANA.
The Tulasi plant or tree is very sacred to Lord Vishnu and His devotees. Long ago Tulasi plant appeared in the forests of Vrindavan, and hence She is referred to as Vrindavani; She is worshipped throughout the world, hence She is called Viswapujitha; Countless flowers are offered to the Lord, but He is not satisfied unless Tulasi is offered. hence She is considered to be the essence of all flowers, and so referred as Pushpasaara; Because She brings faith and joy to the Lord She is called Nandhini; In the whole world, She is incomparable, hence She is called Tulasi. The leaves are offered to The Lord as garlands and in archana. His devotees wear beads made from tulasi plant around their neck an also use it as Japa Mala. In Srimad Bagavatham it is stated thus, “Although flowering plants like the mandara, kunda, kurabaka, utpala, campaka, arna, punnaga, nagakesara, bakula, lily, and parijata are full of transcendental fragrance, they are still conscious of the austerities performed by Tulasi, for Tulasi is given special preference by the Lord, who garlands Himself with Tulasi leaves.”
In the Skanda Purana it is stated that The Tulasi plant can heal all our sinful activities and by merely seeing, touching the Tulasi plant, we can be relieved from our diseases.
Just as the water form the ganges is sacred, water with Tulasi leaves in it is Holy for all devotees.