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By Swami Harshananda

  • The tulsi plant (holy basil) is considered extremely sacred. Almost every household, especially of the Vaiṣṇavas, deem it a privilege to have it in their compound. More often it is enclosed in a brick structure filled with fertile earth. This structure along with the plant is called bṛndāvana. Bṛndāvanas are also built on the samādhis (places of burial) of Vaiṣṇava sādhus (sanyāsins and religious heads).
  • The word is sometimes used to indicate Vṛndāban (Kṛṣṇa’s childhood place) in Uttar Pradesh.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore