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Hindus believe that the knowledge of medicinal plants is older than history itself, that it was gifted hundreds of thousands of years ago to the Vedic Hindus by Lord Brahma, the divine creator himself. Thus when the Rishis of the Ayurveda sought to heal human suffering, they were able to draw on knowledge that had already been evolving for millennia in the forests of India. One tree about which they had a very deep knowledge was the Bilva tree. The science of Ayurveda values the Bilva highly for the medicinal properties contained in its root, fruit and leaves. According to Swami Sivananda, it is a healing tree which cures all diseases caused by vata (wind) and gives strength to the body.

More commonly known as the Bel Tree in India as well as other warm countries, this is a sacred tree having sacrificial importance and the first thing we can notice about the leaves is that they are generally trifoliate. This trifoliate leaf is symbolic of Trikaal or the Hindu Trinity of Devas known as Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. The other names of this tree are Wood apple and its botanical name is Aegle marmilos. The Bilva leaf or Patra as it is known, represents the Trinetra or three eyes of Lord Shiva, the main aspects like Trishakti (volition, action and knowledge), the three Shiva lingams and the three syllables of AUM or Omkar and are most favourite of Lord Shiva. There are also five formed Bilva leaves known as PanchaDal patra found on some Bilva trees and these too are held as sacred for the worship of Lord Shiva. Bilva tree grows to a height of 8 meters with thorns. The leaves are alternate, ovate, trifoliate and aromatic. The tender leaves and shoots are consumed as salad greens. The flowers bloom in the month of May and will have a sweet fragrance.

It appears from all the Hindu texts and scriptures that the Bilva tree itself has been held very sacred and auspicious and is considered very holy since time immemorial thats its significance is mentioned in Mahapuranas in various forms of mantras. The Shiva Purana mentions a particular narration of how the usage of Bilva due to its scientific as well as medicinal properties is of great adavantage to Mankind. The 22nd Chapter of maha ShivaPurana narrates '' The trifoliate Bilva Patra is so sacred to Lord Shiva & is therefore a symbol of the Lord. Adored by all the Gods, its importance is difficult for anyone to comprehend. The sacred tree can only be known to a limited extent. Sacred sites of this Earth can only find their place at the root of this auspicious tree. Those who meditate upon Lord Mahadeva in His form of linga at the root of Bilva obtain Moksha & become purified souls by attaining Shiva. Such are the marvels of this sacred Bilva.''

The famous Shri Bilvashtakam (v. 6–7) mentions :

Lakshmyaascha stana utpannam Mahaadeva sadaa priyam,
Bilva vriksham prayachchhaami eka bilvam Shivaarpanam.
Darshanam bilva vrikshasya sparshanam paapanaashanam,
Aghorapaapasamhaaram eka bilvam shivarpanam.

The translation :
Born from the heart of Goddess Lakshmi, the Bilva tree is ever dear to Mahadeva. So I ask this tree to offer one Bilva leaf to Lord Shiva. Even if (one) has darshan ( view) of the Bilva tree, and touches it, surely frees one from sin. The most terrible karma is destroyed when a Bilva leaf is offered to Lord Shiva.

It is also believed that Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, also lives in the bel tree. Those who perform the puja of Shiva and Parvati devoutly, using the leaves, will be endowed with spiritual powers.

Scientific Advantages

According to Hindu scriptures, the Bilva is Triguna which is connected to the three Gunas or components of natural characteristics of the tree. In Hindu philosophy, the three Gunas are Sattva, Rajas & Tamas with Sattva being the pure most while Tamas normally is to do with darkness & ignorance.

The Sattvic component is believed to be more centred within the bilva patra and therefore the high capacity to absorb and emit Sattvic frequencies. This has various effects on the environment as well as on anyone merelt touching the leaf. One of them is the reduction of Rajasic-Tamasic atoms present in the atmosphere & more importantly within the human body. A Sattvic leaf like bilva patra when brought in proximity of a person suffering from negative energies such as distress and anxiety is believed to medically reduce these energies within the human body. People with negative outlook towards life and their environment normally do not realise they have negative energies building up within their body and are at a risk of subconsciously harpering destructive thoughts also. Whenever such people come into contact with a Sattvic atmosphere, what they fail to realise is their negative energies try to fight the positivity of a Sattva predominant environment. This struggle can build up at various levels and can vary from the human mind thinking negatively and can result sudden bursts of anger to destruction of things around them.

Medicinal uses
The roots, skin, fruits and the leaves of the Bilva tree are used for medicinal purpose. Bilva has astringent, edema lessening, anti-diarrhea, laxative and appetizer properties hence, can be used to cure both internal and external diseases.

The sacred tree has many medicinal usages and is advantageous in curing many human ailments such as :
* bleeding gums.
* Bel fruit clears diarrhea, dysentry, phlegm, high blood pressure, morning sickness in pregnancy, stress.
* Asthma can be controlled when a mixture of dry bel leaf powder & honey is consumed daily
* Jaundice can be cured by consuming the extracted juice of the bilva leaves
* Anaemia can be cured by drinking the powder of the bel fruit mixed with milk
* Bel fruit keeps the skin rejuvenated when pasted into a facepack; also cures joint aches

Comments

  1. thanks for great article ... If it is special to Lord Shiva then I must find out about it

    (Posted on 2014-04-28 05:30:00 by )
  2. If you are serching for it in usa.... u can but it online or go to some plant shop and ask for "Aegle marmelos"

    (Posted on 2014-03-31 16:27:00 by )
  3. sir namastey ,,.....
    importance of 3, 4 , 5, 6, bell patra .....in pooja of siv god.....

    (Posted on 2014-03-29 08:31:00 by )
  4. were i can this bilva pathram in hyderabad,charminar plz send details to nishilrao@gmail.com

    (Posted on 2014-03-10 06:05:00 by )
  5. Venkat ji
    Try to fid out from your nearest Hindu temple as the priests would know

    (Posted on 2014-02-22 23:00:00 by )
  6. Can someone tell me where I can buy Bilva Patra in USA.
    I'm looking for this to perform Shiva puja.

    (Posted on 2014-02-16 01:14:00 by )
  7. Rahul Tiwari, the home page has Vedic Mantras of Lord Shiva - Rudra

    (Posted on 2013-09-20 18:50:00 by )
  8. Sir can you please tell me what mantra is that in the video that's on the HOME PAGE. I would really appreciate that. Many thanks for such a great website for us.

    (Posted on 2013-09-18 01:32:00 by )
  9. Hi,
    You have designed the website very nicely. After all the infermation is really helpful for the users.
    Wish you all the very best for your future.
    Thanking you,
    Dr. Bose. (M.Sc, Mphill, P.hd,)

    (Posted on 2013-08-01 13:49:00 by )
  10. thanks a million it very interesting

    (Posted on 2013-07-06 10:59:00 by )
  11. this is very helpful article. and knowledble.
    but as much i know bel leaves are very helpful to keep calm the lust in human.
    and provide peace in mind.
    and I am searching the vedic sutras which prove this.
    if you have some knowledge regarding this then help.

    (Posted on 2013-06-20 15:57:00 by )
  12. Hello
    A very good article,it helped me to understand bilva tree,where my knowledge was zero abt it.

    (Posted on 2013-05-15 10:20:00 by )
  13. Thanks for this beautiful article. Is there any replacement of Bilwa patra in America, it is not available here.

    (Posted on 2013-03-09 02:14:00 by )
  14. ..very nice arrengment..!!

    (Posted on 2013-01-05 14:39:00 by )
  15. English name is Aegle.

    (Posted on 2012-07-09 19:46:00 by )
  16. what's another name of bel leaf in english actual name.........$ wre cn i found it.......

    (Posted on 2012-07-09 15:46:00 by )
  17. what is kalllalei leaf? is it Arasa leaf or Aala Mara Leaf or something different
    where can i get this kallalei leaf

    (Posted on 2012-07-04 16:39:00 by )
  18. @Divya Kumar, Thank you for your question. Bilva like tulasi is a sacred tree & therefore very dear to Lord Shiva & is important in His worship. However, with great devotion if you offer Lord Shiva a fruit, leaf or flower it is the bhakti that matters more than anything.

    (Posted on 2012-06-24 22:52:00 by )
  19. Can any other trifoliage leaf be offered if Bilva patra is not available in cold countries like Canada...Thanks

    (Posted on 2012-06-11 22:03:00 by )
  20. To Basantaji,

    Bilvapatra is properly described in the above article. Kindly read throguh. It describes Bilva Patra as either 3 which is common or 5 leaves.

    Shiva Shankar

    (Posted on 2012-02-07 09:12:00 by )
  21. very nice information to know.....

    (Posted on 2012-01-30 12:35:00 by )
  22. Can you tell me how many leaves we can found in Belva Patra..? generally we can get 3 leaves any idea?

    (Posted on 2012-01-17 02:19:00 by )
  23. Highly impressed to see such a beautifull & lovelly web site plss keep it up--pls load some more shiv stutis---rudra roop and a lot more on lord shiv ----- OMMMMMMM guruvay namahhahh

    (Posted on 2011-09-06 03:50:00 by )
  24. thanks very nice

    (Posted on 2011-07-13 05:04:00 by )
  25. Grt information.....as we all do puja and offer so many things to god, but r really unaware of its importance and why tht is being offered......

    (Posted on 2011-03-02 10:46:00 by )
  26. Om Namaha Shivayah -many thanks for this data with the Bilwashtakam -today is Tripura Poornima-"Om Tripurantakay Namah no 33 in Shiva ashtottara namavalli also a spl day for Shiva Pooja -wiith Lord Karthikeya

    (Posted on 2010-11-21 12:30:00 by )
  27. Dear Trinetra,
    Thankyou for this article with good explanations on our beautiful Hinduism. I'm proud to be Hindu & good work by your team.
    Jai Shiva Shankar
    Prakash ( Bangalore, India)

    (Posted on 2010-08-28 13:09:00 by )

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