How to worship Srimati Tulasi Devi

Tulasi-puja is relatively simple, consisting of only three articles: incense, a ghee lamp, and flowers.

Before the arati, offer obeisances to Tulasi Devi while chanting the Sri Tulasi pranama 3 times.

While one devotee offers the puja articles, another may sing the Sri Tulasi kirtana.

Achaman (purification)

Take the spoon from the achaman cup and purify both hands by sprinkling water onto them. This is the process:

Sprinkle a spoon full into your right palm, chant om keshavaya namah, and sip.
Sprinkle a spoon full into your right palm, chant om narayanaya namah, and sip.
Sprinkle a spoon full into your right palm, chant om madhavaya namah, and sip.

Offering incense

Purify (sprinkle with a spoon full of water) the bell and the incense holder.
Light the incense.
Pick up the bell in the left hand; ring the bell throughout the puja.
Pick up the incense holder in the right hand and offer the incense to Tulasi with seven circles around her whole form.
Offer the incense to Srila Prabhupada and then to all the devotees.

Offering the ghee lamp

Purify the ghee lamp (sprinkle with a spoon full of water) and then light it.
Offer it to Tulasi with four circles around the base, two around the middle, three around the top, and seven around her whole form.
Offer the ghee lamp to Srila Prabhupada and then to all the devotees.

Offering flowers

Purify the flowers (sprinkle with a spoon full of water).
Offer them to Tulasi with seven circles around her whole form.
Place one at her base (optional).
Offer them to Srila Prabhupada and then to all the devotees.

While chanting the Sri Tulasi pradakshina mantra, devotees may then circumambulate Tulasi Devi at least four times.

You can now serve the devotees by assisting them to purify their hands before they water Tulasi Devi. Sprinkle a little water from the achaman cup onto the devotee’s right hand. They may then water Tulasi Devi's roots with water from another cup. Please note that water is only offered in the morning, not evening.

You may end the puja by once again offering obeisances while chanting the Sri Tulasi pranama.

Planting, watering, protecting, caring for, circumambulating, seeing, bowing down to, praying to, and glorifying are all ways of serving and worshipping Srimati Tulasi Devi.