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Sri Tulasi-arati



Candrasekhara Kavi


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(Here is a simple prayer in Hindi  addressed to the sacred basil (Ocimum sanctum). Here she is addreesed as queen Thulasi.)

1.Namo namah thulasi maharani,
Vrnde maharani namo namah
Namo re namo re meiya namo Narayani


Salutations and salutations to queen Thulasi,

Salutations and salutations to queen Vrinda,

Salutations and salutations to our mother Narayani.


2.Jako darase, sparase agha-nasa-i
Mahima beda-purane bakhani


From those who touches or sees her, she removes sins.

And her  greatness is told in Vedas and Puranas.

3.Jako pathra, manjari komala
sri pati charana kamale lapatani
dhanya tulasi meiya, purana tapa kiye,
Sri salagrama maha patarani


Your leaves and pretty flowers,

Have entwined with legs of Lord Vishnu,

And so blessed mother Thulasi , by doing great penance,

You became the chief queen of Salagrama stone.

4. Dhupa, deepa, naivedya, aarati,
Phulana kiye varakha varakhani
Chapanna bhoga, chatrisa byanjana,
bina tulasi prabhu eka nahi man


The Lord becomes glad and showers his mercy if

Incense , lamp, food offering , lamp worship are offered.

But  when Fifty six variety of feasts , thirty six varieties of light food,

Are offered to him without Thulasi he does not accept it.

5.Siva suka narada, aura brahmadiko,
Dhurata phirata maha-muni jnani
Candrasekhara meiya, tera jasa gaowe
Bhakati-dane dijiye maharani


Lord Shiva and Brahma  and great and wise sages

Like Shuka and Narada  do perambulations around you,

And Oh mother this Chandrashekara is singing your praise,

And Oh queen, give me the charity of your devotion.