The tulasī plant (holy basil) is consi-dered extremely sacred so much so that almost every household—especially of the Vaiṣṇavas—deem it a privilege to have it in their compound. More often than not, 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 (saṁnyāsins and religious heads).

The word is sometimes used to indicate Vṛndāban (Kṛṣṇa’s childhood place) in Uttar Pradesh.