Can We Offer Tulasi Leaves To Lord Ganesha ?
Can We Offer Tulasi Leaves (Holy Basil Leaves) To Lord Ganesha ?
Can We Offer Tulasi Leaves (Holy Basil Leaves) To Lord Ganesha ? Can We Perform To Lord Ganesha With Tulasi Leaves ?
We should not offer Tulasi leaves (Holy Basil leaves) to Lord Ganesha. According to our Dharma Shastra, “No Akshathai Archayeth Vishnum Na Thulasya Ganaathipam” which literally means “Should not perform archana with Holy Rice to Lord Vishnu and Tulasi leaves to Lord Ganesha. However there is an exception when it comes to Lord Ganesha. On “Ganesha Chathurthi” day, we can do archana with Tulasi leaves in our “Yekavimsathi Pathra Pooja” as Tulasi leaves are on among the specified 21 leaves qualified for this special Ganesha Chaturthi Archana.
According to Brahmavaivarta Purana, Tulasi Devi was cursed by Lord Ganesha and this is the reason why we should not Tulasi leaves to Lord Ganesha. Read the story below :
Tulasi Devi was a beautiful maiden who, when she saw the resplendent of Lord Ganesha, fell in love with him and wished to marry him. Lord Ganesha though, was a confirmed bachelor (at least according to some legends) and refused to oblige her. The then enraged Tulasi Devi cursed Lord Ganesha that one day, he would indeed break his vow of celibacy. Lord Ganesha cursed her in return, that she would marry a demon and later, turn into a plant. Tulasi Devi realized her folly and pleaded for mercy until Lord Ganesha relented and blessed her with the following :
“You, Tulasi Devi will be the most fragrant plant of all. One that will please all the gods. Your leaves will be used especially in the worship of Lord Vishnu. But, you will never be present where I am worshiped”. Hence, this is one of the reason why the Holy Basil leaves are never offered nor used to perform archana for Lord Ganesha.