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The Sacred Bilva Tree

Posted on: October 30, 2008

The Sacred Bilva Tree

Bilva or Aegle marmelos is the embodiment of Lord Shiva himself 
and is one of the sacred tree symbols of Hinduism. One finds the 
reference of this tree throughout India. In Sanskrit this is known 
as Bilva and in Bengali and Hindi this is called Bel. In Gujurati 
Bilva is called Bili 
From the Hindu pantheism point of view this tree is the symbolic 
representation of Shiva, Parvati, Suryaand Lakshmi- the Goddess 
of Wealth. It is said that no worship of Shiva is complete without 
offering Belpatraor Bilva leaf. Thus Shiva is called Vilvadanda or 
staff of the bel-wood. Indologist Dr. Sankar Sengupta recorded that 
"These leaves on the lingam cool and refresh the heated deity. Its 
trifoliate leaf or tripatra symbolises the three functions-creation, 
preservation and destruction:-of the Lord as well as His three eyes." 

It is forbidden to break the branches of the tree as Brahmodaitya or 
Ghost Gods reside on it. In Bengal during the Durga Pooja on the 
ashtami (eighth day) the Goddess Durga is invoked on a twig of Bel 
tree. And in the prayer a devout says, "I shall get hold of thee and 
worship thee as the Goddess Durga. Thou art Sriphala. Thou art great 
virtue, and always dear to Sankara. I welcome thee, in order to 
invoke the Goddess Chandika." The fruit of Bel tree is also called 
Sriphala because it is said the fruit is made out of the milk of 
Goddess Sri. 

Mahant Rama Shankar of Banaras wrote quoting the Skanda Purana 
and explained the origin of Bilva tree, "One day while Parvati was 
resting some drops of sweat fell from her forehead on the mountain 
Mandara, from which grew the bel tree, Girija lives on the root of 
the tree, Maheswari on its shoulder, Dukshayani on its branches, 
Parvati among its leaves, Katyayani in its fruit, Gaori in its 
flowers while in thorns the numerous Saktis find a home. 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. 
The leaves are-symbols of three gunasr.Sattva, Rajasand Tamos. The 
five portions of the tree, the root, bark, leaf, flowers and fruit, 
also have great medicinal value and are used' o cure snakebites. 

This Bilva tree is found throughout India and Pakistan and a 
special variety of this tree is also found in Burma. Mythological 
sources throw some light on the origin of Bilva. It states that 
"God thought of making storement for yonder sun who did not shine; 
they offered a white cow to Surya, thereby they restored his 
brilliance. The Bilva tree was born at the very reappearance of 
yonder Sun. n Thus be branches are used in kindling sticks during 
religious ceremonies symbolically representing light due to its 
divine origin from the yonder Sun. 

From the medicinal point of view Bel fruits are very useful. In 
the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine one can find ample 
references of usefulness of Bel for the cure o habitual constipation, 
dysentery and dyspepsia. In the dasamula-the famous Ayurvedic tonic, 
Bel is one of the ten vital ingredients. According to the Smriti 
those who wear amulet of Bilva, their offspring is not harmed at the 
time of birth and misfortune never invades the house. 

Really speaking Bilva is medicinally and religiously very powerful. 
On the one hand it acts as a boost to health and cure for many 
ailments, on the other hand it has great spiritual significance 
which permeates the Hindu way of life.

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