Viral photo of world's tallest tulsi tree is fake

A photo reportedly of a giant tulsi tree is being widely circulated on social media. It is being claimed that the photo shows the world’s largest tulsi tree which is in Karnataka.

By Sunanda Naik  Published on  26 Aug 2022 5:49 AM GMT
Viral photo of worlds tallest tulsi tree is fake

Hyderabad: A photo reportedly of a giant tulsi tree is being widely circulated on social media. It is being claimed that the photo shows the world's largest tulsi tree which is in Karnataka. The photo has caught the attention of many users because tulsi is considered a holy plant and worshiped by the Hindus and it also has numerous medicinal properties.

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Fact Check

NewsMeter performed a keyword search to check if there are any reports about the giant tulsi tree but found none. However, according to the India Book of Records website, P.S Sai Vikas holds the record for growing the tallest tulsi plant in a pot. The height of the plant was 62 inches which was verified by the district horticulture officer, government of Karnataka, on 26 April 2021.

According to a report, "The tallest basil plant currently holding the world record is in Greece and is nurtured by a person named Anastasia Grigoraki. The plant has a height of 334 centimetres."

Also, according to Britannica, the holy basil plant (tulsi) can grow up to a height of one metre (3.3 feet).

It is evident that the tree in the viral photo is not the world's tallest tulsi. The photo is fake.

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