Tulasi Devi -About Her

Since They are completely spiritual, both Krishna and His pure devotees may appear in different forms or expansions, and it is thus that Tulasi Devi is the expansion of a gopi friend of Krishna’s called Vrinda Devi. She is such a great devotee that a single leaf of hers brings complete satisfaction to Krishna. Her worship is of utmost importance in bhakti yoga (devotional service to Krishna) and Tulasi Devi has been revered in Vedic scriptures for thousands of years.

Devotees worship Tulasi Devi by circumambulating her, watering her and bowing down to her. By serving her, the devotee can attain her mercy and attract Krishna’s attention. In practically every Hindu temple and home, a special place is reserved for Tulasi Devi. Every morning after arati for the main Deities, devotees in our ISKCON temples worldwide offer arati to Tulasi Devi. Some offer arati to her in the evening also. Devotees at home may also serve Tulasi Devi in the same way.

Tulasi leaves and manjaris (blossoms) are central to the worship of Krishna. Tulasi leaves are placed on all food offerings made to Krishna. Devotees take pleasure in making Tulasi garlands for the Deity of Krishna and decorating His feet with these sacred leaves.

Vaishnavas always wear beads made from Tulasi wood around their neck to protect them. At the initiation ceremony, when devotees take a vow to follow the instructions of their spiritual master, they receive japa beads made from Tulasi on which they have to chant the maha-mantra. The Padma Purana glorifies the potency of Tulasi Devi as so remarkable that if Tulasi wood is burnt in one’s funeral pyre one is sure to return to the spiritual world.

“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 the tree, there is always auspiciousness. Anyone who comes in touch with the Tulasi tree in the above mentioned ways lives eternally in the Vaikuntha [spiritual] world." Skanda Purana

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