Tulasipatra, Tulasīpatra, Tulasi-patra: 5 definitions


Tulasipatra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, biology. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Tulasipatra in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tulasīpatra (तुलसीपत्र) refers to “holy basil leaves”, and are used in the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13:—“[...] then the Ācamana shall be offered and cloth dedicated. Gingelly seeds, barley grains, wheat, green gram or black gram shall then be offered to Śiva with various mantras. Then flowers shall be offered to the five-faced noble soul. Lotuses, rose, Śaṅkha, and Kuśa flowers, Dhattūras, Mandāras grown in a wooden vessel, holy basil leaves (tulasīpatra) or Bilva leaves shall be offered to each of the faces in accordance with the previous meditation or according to one’s wish. By all means Śiva favourably disposed to His devotees shall be worshipped with great devotion. If other flowers are not available, Bilva leaves shall be used exclusively in the worship of Śiva”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Biology (plants and animals)

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Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Tulasipatra in India is the name of a plant defined with Ocimum basilicum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Plectranthus barrelieri (Roth) Spreng. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Beskr. Guin. Pl. (1827)
· Bothalia (1983)
· Les Figures des Plantes et Animaux d'Usage en Medecine (1764)
· Prodromus Stirpium in Horto ad Chapel Allerton vigentium (1796)
· Journal of the Indian Botanical Society (1986)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1984)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tulasipatra in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

tulasīpatra (तुलसीपत्र).—n (S A leaf of the Tulsi.) A term applied in humility by a great man to the Dakshin̤a which he gives: also applied to a gift in general viewed as small. tu0 ṭhēvaṇēṃ To intimate relinquishment of proprietorship over.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

tulasīpatra (तुलसीपत्र).—n A term applied in humility by a great man to the dakṣaṇā which he gives; a small gift in general.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tulasipatra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tulasīpatra (तुलसीपत्र).—(lit.) a Tulasī leaf; (fig.) a very small gift.

Derivable forms: tulasīpatram (तुलसीपत्रम्).

Tulasīpatra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tulasī and patra (पत्र).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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