Welcome to Tulsi Mandir
“Thank you to everyone who supported the Mandir and was able to join us for “Seeta Navami” during May 12-19th, 2019.
– Pandit Lakhram Maharaj,…and all of us at Tulsi Mandir!
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…the Lotus flower…
“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.” — Bhagavad Gita 5.10:
The lotus plant is cited extensively within Puranic and Vedic literature. Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, Egyptian bean or simply lotus, is one of two extant species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. It is often colloquially called a water lily. Under favorable circumstances the seeds of this aquatic perennial may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.Nelumbo nucifera is the species of lotus sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
Hindus revere it with the divinities Vishnu and Lakshmi often portrayed on a pink lotus in iconography. In the representation of Vishnu as Padmanabha (Lotus navel), a lotus issues from his navel with Brahma on it. The goddess Saraswati is portrayed on a white-colored lotus. The lotus is the symbol of what is divine or immortality in humanity, and is also a symbol of divine perfection. The lotus is the attribute of sun and fire gods. It symbolizes the realization of inner potential and the potential of an individual to harness the flow of energy moving through the chakras (often depicted as wheel like lotuses) flowering as the thousand -petaled lotus of enlightenment at the top of the skull.[
Often used as an example of divine beauty, Vishnu is often described as the “Lotus-Eyed One”. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise. In Hindu iconography, other deities, like Ganga and Ganesha are often depicted with lotus flowers as their seats.