There was a time When Narad Muni asks Shiva “Which is the favorite thing you love to get in this world?” Shiva replies saying people who worship me with Bhakti and Bilva Leaves (Bel Patra). People who offer Lord Shiva with Bilva Leaves (Bel Patra) get Moksha and go to Shiva Lok after death. Even Parvati asked Shiva about why he loves the Bilva Patra so much, For that, He says It is the representation of Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, and the Atharva Veda, Not just this there is a lot more you will know after reading the article.
1) What is Bilva Leaves (Bel Patra)?
The Scientific Name of Bilva leaf is Aegle marmelos. It is one of the medicinally treasured tree species out of the 250,000 living terrestrial plant species on Earth. It is also known as Bengal-quince, Golden apple, and Stone apple in India, and is a sacred tree where Hindus live. On the stem, it has three leaves shaped.
According to Ayurveda, Bilva leaves (Bel Patra) are filled with many medicinal and recuperation properties. The leaves are antibacterial, antifungal in nature. The trifoliate form indicates the 3 additives or ‘Gunas’
2) Why Are Bilva Leaves (Bel Patra) Offered To Lord Shiva?
According to historic scriptures like Skanda Purana, the Bel tree grew out of the sweat droplets of Goddess Parvati, which fell at the Mandrachal Mountain. It is stated that she is living in those bushes in all her forms; with inside the leaves, flowers, fruit, and roots. Due to this reason, Lord Shiva is extraordinarily keen on the Bilva tree and its leaves.
The trifoliate form indicates Shiva’s 3 eyes in addition to the 3 spokes of the lords Trishul. Since they have a cooling effect, they may be presented to the Shivling to appease this hot-tempered deity. Those who carry out the puja of Shiva and Parvati devoutly, the use of the leaves, can be endowed with religious powers.
3) How Bilva Leaves (Bel Patra) Signifies Lord Shiva’s Three Eyes
Consequently, Offering Bilva’s leaves to Lord Shiva is like praising his three eyes. The story goes by saying, Shiva In a battle with Devtas, Tarakasur the demon collects the most destructive thing in the Universe and creates a weapon to destroy the Earth.
If you notice the Position of the leaf, it is exactly like how His Three Eyes are positioned.
Lord Shiva absorbed the weapon in his body. It forms the third eye, the eye of destruction. It is opened by Lord Shiva only when he wants to totally destroy anybody. Some believe that the third eye signifies wisdom and is the source of his untamed energy.
4) Satvic Effects of The Bilva Leaves
It is believed that they can reduce Rajatama particles in the atmosphere. When the black energy in his body is reduced by the Shiva form of Chaitanya’s attraction from Bel, leaves, it will leave in the form of Chaitanya, reducing negativity. Hence the Leaves are offered to Lord Shiva to cool him down.
Some more Information about Bilva Leaves
- Shiva should be worshipped with a daylong fast and the eating of bel leaves at night The Padma Purana and the Brahma Purana say that Shiva once hid in the bel to escape conquering demons.
- The Skanda Purana holds that the bel grew from Parvati’s perspiration, which fell to the ground while she performed penance. It also says that the various incarnations of Parvati reside in each part of the tree.
- One night Lord Shiva’s devotee, a hunter, lost his way in the forest. While wandering at night, he heard a tiger growl. Frightened he scurried up the nearest tree that was a Bel tree. He spent the night up there, out of the reach of tigers. To keep himself awake, he kept plucking and dropping Bel leaves while chanting the name of Lord Shiva. The next morning, when he climbed down, he had unknowingly dropped thousands of leaves on a Shiva linga. The night-long worship pleased Lord Shiva who saved him from the tiger.
Always Remember to Offer the stem where you see the three leaves together like a Trident. Do not Pluck each leaf separately to offer the god. Before offering Bilva Patra you need to offer water ( Jala Abhishek)
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