Worshiping Tulasi Maharani

Learn how to offer Tulasi Puja to Tulasi-devi. Read and listen to Tulasi kirtan and mantras for Tulasi Pranama and Pradakshina.

devotee performing tulasi arati

For devotees aspiring to enter the eternal realm of Vrindavan, service to Vrinda-devi is essential.  Srila Prabhupada stressed this by making Tulasi puja a daily part of our morning program. Tulasi-devi is an expansion of Vrinda-devi in this world. Every morning we pray to Vrinda-devi.

Tulasi-devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna’s pure devotees. Simply by worshiping her faithfully, a devotee can get himself free from all material miseries.

Sri Tulasi Pranama

In the morning, after mangala-arati (and preferably also in the evening, before sandhya-arati), all the assembled devotees should attend tulasi worship and circumambulate Srimati Tulasi-devi. First we offer obeisances to Tulasi-devi with the tulasi-pranama-mantra, chanted three times:

(om) vrindayai tulasi-devyai priyayai keshavasya ca 
vishnu-bhakti-prade devi satyavatyai namo namah

I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrinda, Srimati Tulasi-devi, who is very dear to Lord Keshava. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Krishna and you possess the highest truth.

Sri Tulasi Kirtana

Text 1

namo namaha tulasi krishna-preyasi namo namaha
radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi

O Tulasi, beloved of Krishna, I bow before you again and again. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna.

Text 2

ye tomara sharana loy, tara vancha purna hoy
kripa kori koro tare vrindavana-vasi

Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of Vrindavana.

Text 3

mora ei abhilasha, vilasa kunje dio vasa
nayana heribo sada yugala-rupa-rashi

My desire is that you will also give me a residence in the pleasure groves of Sri Vrindavana-dhama. Thus within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

Text 4

ei nivedana dhara, sakhir anugata koro
seva-adhikara diye koro nija dasi

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.

Text 5

dina krishna-dase koy, ei jena mora hoy
sri-radha-govinda-preme sada yena bhasi

This very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna prays, “May I always swim in the love of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda.”

Sri Tulasi Pradakshina Mantra

When the song is finished, the assembled Vaishnavas should circumambulate Tulasi-devi at least four times and offer her water by pouring some drops at her root (only during morning worship, not in the evening). While circumambulating, we chant,

yani kani cha papani brahma-hatyadikani ca
tani tani pranashyanti pradakshinah pade pade

When a person circumambulates Srimati Tulasi-devi, all the sins he may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the sin of killing a brahmana.

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