Wearing Tulasi – Skanda Puraṇa

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The Glories of Wearing Tulasī Devī From The Skanda Purāṇa
The Skanda Purāṇa Part IV
Lord Vishnu states:
The Brahmana who wears the garland of Tulasī twigs undoubtedly attains me (Bhagavān), even if he is unclean and devoid of good conduct. The man on whose body a garland made of Dhātrī (āmalakī) fruits or Tulasī twigs is visible is indeed a Bhāgavata (devotee of the lord). He who wears the garland of Tulasī leaves, particularly the ones taken off from me, is worthy of being bowed to even by the Devatas. The garland made of Tulasī leaves, or of Dhātrī fruits (āmalakī), grants salvation even to sinners (Note: This is proof that everyone can and should wear Tulasī malas). All the more so in the case of my devotees who serve me.

He who wears the garland of Tulasī leaves that has been worn by me attains the merit of ten horse sacrifices for every leaf in that garland. If a man wears a garland of Tulasī twigs, oh dear one, I grant him the merit arising from visiting the holy place of Dvārakā everyday. After dedicating it to me with devotion, a man who wears a garland of Tulasi twigs devoutly has no sin at all.
I am always pleased with him who wears a garland of Tulasī twigs. He is as dear to me as my vital air. It is not necessary that he should perform any expiatory rite. There is nothing unclean or polluted in his body.

He whose body is ornamented with Tulasī twigs on the head, arms, and hands is dear to me. One should do meritorious acts after adorning oneself with a garland of Tulasī twigs. The auspicious merits performed by him shall have crores of times the benefit.

On seeing a garland of Tulasī twigs, the messengers of Yamarāja disappear from far like a leaf shaken off by wind. In Kali-yuga, sin does not contaminate that house where a Tulasī twig or leave, whether dry or green, is present. If anyone, embellished with a garland of Tulasī twigs, moves about on the earth, he will not see bad dreams or ill omens or any danger from enemies.

If rationalists or heretics with sinful intentions refuse to wear a garland of Tulasī, they will never return from hell. They will be burnt by my anger (Note: This is proof that everyone can and should wear Tulasī malas). Hence a garland made of Tulasī twigs, seeds of lotus, or Dhātrī (āmalakī) fruits should be worn carefully and devoutly. It bestows excellent merit. Hence a devotee should have Ūrdhvapuṇḍra (tilaka) and the imprints of conch, etc. With Kusha grass in his hands he should remember me and perform Sandhyā prayers (Gāyatrī mantras) at the root of a Tulasī plant.

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