How to Worship Tulsi Devi

Every home with a Tulasi plant is a place of pilgrimage,and no diseases,messengers of Yama,the God of Death,can enter it." (Skanda Purana)

Wherever the aroma of Tulasi is carried by the wind,it purifies the atmosphere and frees all animals from all baser tendencies."  (Padma purana,Uttara khanda) 

"Visnu,the Lord of the three worlds,takes up abode in the village or the house where Tulasi is grown.In such a house no one suffers calamities like poverty,illness or separations from dear ones." (Padma purana,Uttara khanda, 6-24-31-32) 

In the Kanva-sakha branch of the Vedas,the method of worshiping and meditating on Tulasi Devi is described.One can reverentially meditate on her and adore her with sixteen ingredients in the following way:

"Of all flowers,Tulasi is the best.She is worshipable and beautiful,and burns up the fuel of sins like a flame of fire.Of all the goddesses,she is the most sacred,because no one can compare to her,she is called Tulasi.I worship this goddess who is entreated by all.She is placed on the heads of all,desired by all,and makes the universe holy.She bestows liberation from this world and devotion to Lord Hari.I worship her."

After this meditation and worship,the wise should read her praises and bow down to her.

(Recite when bowing to Tulasi)

vrndayai tulasi-devyai
priyayai kesavasya ca
krsna-bhakti-prade devi
satyavatyai namo namah

"I offer my repeated obeisances unto vrnda,Srimati Tulasi Devi,who is very dear to Lord Kesava [Krsna].0 goddess,you bestow devotional service to Lord Krsna and possess the highest truth."

(Sing during the arati.)

nama namah tulasi! krsna-preyasi
radha-krsna-seva pabo ei abhilasi

je tomara sarana loy,tara vancha purna hoy
krpa kori' karo tare brndavana-basi

mor ei abhilas bilas kunje dia vas
nayane heribo sada jugala-rupa-rasi

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

dina krsna-dase koy,ei jena mora hay
sri-radha-govinda-preme sada jena bhasi

"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 Vrndavana.

"My desire is that you will also grant me a residence in the pleasure groves of Sri Vrndavanadhama.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 Sri Radha and Govinda.' "

(Sing while circumambulating Tulasi.)

yani kani ca papani
brahma-hatyadikani ca
tani tani pranasyanti
pradaksinah pade pade

"By the circumambulation of Srimati Tulasi Devi all the sins one may have committed are destroyed at every step,even the sin of killing a brahmana."

Srimati Tulasi Devi is worshiped in the morning,after mangala-arati,when all the devotees should attend to her worship and circumambulation.First,obeisances are offered to Tulasi Devi with the Tulasi pranama mantra.Following,the Tulasi kirtana song is sung while Tulasi Devi is of-