Bel is an ancient sacred tree in India. Mostly, it is planted near the temple and used as a dedication to Gods. The leaves of the tree are used to worship Lord Shiva and without the use of this, the worship is incomplete. The leaves are also used to worship Parvati and Viva Rupra. The use of this plant is seen in Scripture like Vedas and Mahabharata. The plant species act as a climate purifier by absorbing poisonous gas from the atmosphere. The products obtained from Bel are highly nutritive as well as therapeutic.
Belpatra means leaves of the Bel tree. Bilva leaves or the Belpatra is an important item while worshipping Lord Shiva. This leaf is trifoliate which signifies the holy Trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It also signifies the three eyes of Lord Shiva.
Belpatra shares a very special relationship with Lord Shiva. The Lord Shiva is very fond of Belpatra or the Bilva leaves. It is said that if a person prays to Lord Shiva with a clear mind and offers a Belpatra to the Shivling, the Lord blesses him/her with whatever he/she desires.
According to the Skanda Purana, the Bel tree grew from the sweat droplets of Goddess Parvati which fell on the Mandrachal mountain. Hence, it is believed that the Goddess resides in this tree in all Her forms. She resides as Girija in the roots of the tree, as Maheshwari in its trunk, as Dakshayani in its branches, Parvati in its leaves, Katyayani in its fruit and as Gauri in its flowers. Apart from these Shaktis, Goddess Lakshmi also resides in this sacred tree. Therefore as Goddess Parvati resides in Her various forms in this tree, Lord Shiva is extremely fond of its leaves. It is said that even if one touches the Bel tree or its leaves, he/she is freed from all sorts of sins and ailments.
According to the scriptures and Ayurveda, Belpatra has great medicinal values. It’s trifoliate shape signifies the three components or ‘gunas’ namely the Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The Sattva guna is the positive energies while the Tamas is the negative forces. It is believed that the centre part of the Bilva leaf has the natural characteristic to attract the Sattva or the positive energies towards itself. So, when a person affected by negative energies touches the Belpatra, the positive energies are transferred to him/her.
The roots, skin, leaves, fruit, everything of the tree is used to cure various ailments. The sacred tree can cure problems like bleeding gums, dysentry, asthma, jaundice, anaemia etc. Hence, Belpatra is extremely important in Hinduism.
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