The Tulsi or Basil plant can be found in front of most Hindu homes. The Tulsi holds a sacred place in the hearts of Hindus. Legend has it that Lakshmidevi took the form of a Tulsi plant. Every part of the Tulsi plant from its leaves to its stalk is sacred and possess medicinal properties. You can find high praise of the Tulsi plant in the Skanthapurana, Padmapurana and the Devi bhagavatha. People cremated using Tulsi wood are believed to go to the Vishnu lokha or heaven. When cremating a sinner, placing a Tulsi leaf under the body will absolve him of all his sins. Lighting a lamp for Lord Vishnu using a Tulsi wick will have the same result as lighting a thousand lamps. And grinding its leaves and rubbing the paste on your body will be equivalent to doing a hundred poojas. The Tulsi plant is a very special plant when it comes to Vishnu Poojas. There are rituals to be followed when plucking leaves off of a Tulsi plant. You have to circle the plant before plucking the leaves.
Planting and nurturing a Tulsi in a Tulsi Thara in front of your house will bring prosperity to the house. Lighting a lamp on the Tulsi Thara will also bring more blessings to the household. People having the Dashas (or periods) of Bhudhan (Mercury), Vyazham (Jupiter) and Shukran (Venus) will be able to get rid of their doshas and live a life of peace if they circle the Tulsi everyday. Wearing a Tulsi leaf on your hair is also beneficial. Is it a holy custom to water the Tulsi and drink holy water with tulsi leaves in it after a fast. It can be said that the sanctity of a Tulsi cannot be matched by any other plant or herb.