the Skanda Purana there is a statement praising the tulasi tree as
follows: "Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto the tulasi
tree, which can immediately vanquish volumes of sinful activities.
Simply by seeing or touching this tree one can become relieved from
all distresses and diseases. Simply by offering obeisances to and
pouring water on the tulasi tree, one can become freed from the
fear of being sent to the court of Yamaraja [the King of death, who
punishes the sinful]. If someone sows a tulasi tree somewhere,
certainly he becomes devoted to Lord Krsna. And when the tulasi
leaves are offered in devotion at the lotus feet of Krsna, there is
the full development of love of Godhead."
In India all Hindus, even those not belonging to the Vaisnava
group, take special care of the tulasi tree. Even in great cities
where it is very difficult to keep a tulasi tree, people are to be
found very carefully keeping this plant. They water it and offer
obeisances to it, because worship of the tulasi tree is very
important in devotional service.
In the Skanda Purana there is another statement about tulasi,
as follows: "Tulasi is auspicious in all respects. Simply by
seeing, simply by touching, simply by remembering, simply by
praying to, simply by bowing before, simply by hearing about or
simply by sowing this tree, there is always auspiciousness. Anyone
who comes in touch with the tulasi tree in the above-mentioned ways
lives eternally in the Vaikuntha world."
- Nectar of Devotion, Chapter
Immediately following Mangala-arati, Tulasi-puja is offered.
The devotees sing prayers to Tulasi-devi while one devotee offers
Her arati, then all circumambulate Tulasi-devi, offering her water.
Preferably, arati should also be offered to Tulsi in the evening,
just before Sandhya-arati.
Begin Tulasi-arati by offering obeisances to Tulsai-devi,
chanting the Tulasi-Pranama mantra three times.
priyayai keshavasya cha
satyavatyai namo namaha
tulasi-devyai--unto Tulasl Devi; priyayai-- who is dear;
kesavasya--to Lord Kesava; ca-and; krsna-bhakti-- devotional
service to Lord Krsna, prade--who bestows; devi--O goddess;
satya-vatyai--unto Satyavati; namah namah--repeated
I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi
Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. O goddess, you bestow
devotional service to Lord Krsna and possess the highest
Next, the devotees sing Sri Tulasi Kirtana while one devotee
offers arati to Tulasi-devi with incense, a ghee lamp and flowers.
While offering the articles, the devotee offering Tulasi-arati
should stand on a mat (asana) and ring a bell with the left hand.
Just as when offering other aratis, the hands and paraphernalia
should be purified (acamana) with water from pancha-patra. After
offering each item, they may be distributed to the devotees.
namo namaha tulasi!
radha-krishna-seva pabo ei
je tomara sharana loy, tara vanchha purna
kripa kori' koro tare
mor ei abhilash, bilas kunje dio
nayane heribo sada
ei nivedana dharo, sakhir anugata
seva-adhikara diye koro nija
dina krishna-dase koy, ei jena mora
sri-radha-govinda-preme sada jena
O Tulasi, beloved of Krsna, I bow before you again and again.
My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.
Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled.
Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of
My desire is that you will also grant me a residence in the
pleasure groves of Sri Vrndavana-dhama. Thus, within my vision I
will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krsna.
I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of
Vraja. Please give me the privilege of devotional service and make
me your own maidservant.
This very fallen and lowly servant of Krsna prays, ''May I
always swim in the love of Sri Radha and Govinda.
When Tulasi-puja Kirtana song is finished, the devotees
circumambulate Srimate Tulasi-devi at least four times, offering
her water by pouring some at her root. (Water is only offered in
the morning, not evening.) Use small spoons to help avoid over
watering Her. While circumambulating, chant the Sri Tulasi
Sri Tulasi Pradaksina
yani kani cha papani
tani tani pranashyanti
pradakshinaha pade pade
yani kani--whatever; ca--and; papani--sins;
brahma-hatya--killing of a brahmana; adikani--and so on; ca--also,
tani tani--all of them; pranasyanti--are destroyed;
pradaksinah--(by) the circumambulation (of Tulasi Devi); pade
pade--at every step.
By the circumambulation of Srimati Tulasi Devi all the sins
that one may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the
sin of killing a brahmana.
Vrnda devi is a pure devotee of Lord Krsna and is responsible
for setting up the wonderful pastimes of Radha and Krsna in
Vrndavana. She exists as Tulasi to benefit the fallen conditioned
souls by bestowing devotional service to Krsna.
Have the words to the Tulasi arati prayers typed and posted so
guests can see them. Encourage all guests to participate in
Tulasi-arati. With a little encouragement, they will join in and
enjoy themselves. The devotees should always bow down when they see
Tulasi-devi, and others will follow in showing her respect.
Tulasi-devi should be kept in a special pot, and the pot
should sit upon a stand, up off the floor. When carrying a potted
Tulasi plant, it is traditional to honor Her by carrying the pot on
one's head. If it's too heavy, carry the pot out in front. For
worship, the stand Tulasi-devi sits on should be high enough so the
base of the plant is above the waist of the devotee offering arati.
If it is not possible to keep a live Tulasi plant, one may offer
worship to a picture of Tulasi-devi.
For one who is Tulasi's servant, that responsibility enters
into all the different aspects of Her existence. You must see that
She is being maintained properly, that Her leaves are always
offered in a clean and fresh manner, and that all the devotees are
given the opportunity to worship Her. Make Tulasi-devi some skirts
to fit around Her pot, particularly when She is being offered
arati. If Tulasi is very close to, or on the altar, make sure that
no candles or ghee lamps are placed close enough to burn her
leaves. Use incense sparingly as it tends to make Her sick if
burned continually. Garlands left for more than a day will mold and
attract bugs, so if Tulasi is nearby, she will be affected.
While in Detroit, Srila Prabhupada asked, "Where is Tulasi?".
When She was brought in, Srila Prabhupada put His garland around
Her and had Her placed on the altar, saying "Mother Tulasi is so
kind. Treat Her as you would any of Krsna's pure devotees."