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Song: dEvee shree tulasamma


dhEvi sri thulasamma
raagam: maayamaaLava gowLa

15 maayamaaLava gowLa mela
Aa: S R1 G3 M1 P D1 N3 S
Av: S N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S

taaLam: aadi
Composer: Tyaagaraaja
Language: Telugu

pallavi

dEvI shrI tulasamma brOcuTa kidE samayamamma mAyamma

anupallavi

pAvani brahmEndrAdulu nI bhakti cE vilasilliraTa mahA-

caraNam

nIvulEka shankari mA ramaNuDu nIrajAdulu nolladaTa nIvulEka tIrthamu sEvincuTa
nIranucanu bErAyenaTa nIvulEka trAsuna shrIhari sari nilvaka pOyenaTa nIvulEka
vanamAlayani palikirA nI sari evvarE tyAgarAjanuta mahA


Meaning:
DEvi Tulasi! The time is ripe for protecting me. Brahma, Indra, and others owe their status to their devotion to you, to their worship of the Lord with TuLasi leaves. Intrinsically soft, gently and tender by nature, you do, and can do, only good to men. Lord VishNu prefers you to the lotus and other flowers. Only water sanctified by the presence of your leaves is fit for worshipping the Lord. In the dramatic incident where SrI KrishNa was weighed in a balance against gold and gems to be offered to sages, only a tender TuLasi leaf could counter balance the weight of the transcendent Lord. The Lord owes His appellation VanamAli - one who wears the sylvan garland - to His extreme fondness for garlands of flowers intertwined with TuLasi leaves. You are indeed peerless.


Other information:
Lyrics contributed by Lakshman Ragde. Meaning from Compositions of Tyagaraja by T.K. Govinda Rao.


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updated on 06/05/2012