Tulasi

March 24th, 2009 by sabrina

tulasiTulasi is the Hindu Goddess of loyalty. She was once a woman named Vrinda, who was married to a man of low caste named Jalandhar. Vrinda was so devoted to her husband that he became stronger for it and could not be defeated in battle. One day, the God Vishnu took on the form of Vrinda’s husband Jalandhar and tricked her into sleeping with him. Jalandhar lost his great strength and was subsequently killed, and Vrinda threw herself onto his funeral pyre. Vishnu, sorry for what he had done, turned Vrinda into the tulsi plant, a type of basil, and she became the Goddess Tulasi. The plant is considered to be very sacred, and there are certain rituals that must be used to take leaves from it. Tulasi’s name means “the incomparable one,” and other names, including those from her 108 name hymn, include the following:
Akriti
Aksini
Amba
Amritaruupini
Aradi
Archini
Avirbhuuti
Bhaktavatsala
Bhavitri
Bhuumi
Brahmapriya
Chakrini
Chandrabhaga
Chapaleksana
Charini
Danaprada
Devagita
Devi
Dhanavati
Dharini
Dhatri
Draviyasi
Dvirada
Gada
Gandhini
Garbhavarini
Gatra
Gatriya
Gauri
Gautamarchita
Gopikakrida
Guhyavidya
Hara
Jagatraya
Kalaharini
Kalini
Kamaksi
Kaveri
Krishna-Jivani
Krishnakanta
Kula
Mahavidya
Manikarnika
Manyai
Nandini
Padmini
Pitambara
Prabha
Prabhavini
Praya
Pritichinteksani
Priyabhuushana
Protasoma
Pushpasara
Rasini
Ratnaruupini
Rukmini
Sama
Samshraya
Sarasi
Sarasivasa
Sarasvati
Saravedavidamvara
Sarva devati
Satyasandha
Saurasa
Savitri
Shamanidhini
Shankhini
Sharavati
Shatadyutaye
Shatananda
Shikhini
Shitikantha
Shobhana
Shreyasi
Shreyovati
Shri
Shrimati
Shuchini
Shyamasundara
Sita
Sochyamanasa
Sthayini
Sugandhini
Sushroni
Suvasana
Svargini
Traimuurti
Trasini
Treta
Tripada
Tripathaga
Varada
Vedya
Vibhuuti
Vishvapavani
Vishvapujita
Vishvashraya
Vrinda
Vrindavani
Yagyavidya
Yamai
Yamunapriya

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