Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in reverence of the Lord Shiva. Shivaratri is a day when Shiva married to Goddess Parvati. The Maha Shivaratri is also known as ‘Great night of Shiva’ marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti.
Bael is one of the most sacred tree, associated with Lord having useful medicinal properties, especially as a cooling agent. Botanically it is Aegle marmelos belonging to the family Rutaceae. It’s name in different languages are – Bilva or Sriphal in Sanskrit; Bel, Bael Sripal, Bilva, Bilpatre in Hindi; Bael, stone apple in English. This Indian origin tree is popular in Shiva temples. The trifoliate leaves are alternate. The flowers are small, greenish-white and sweet-scented. The fruit is spherical berry with a hard woody shell and a sweet, yellow-orange-colored, aromatic thick pulp. It has a great mythological significance for Hindus. The shade of this tree is cool and cures disorders. Because of these properties, it is known to be very pure, auspicious and a purifier. All parts of this tree are medicinally useful, and act as antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anti- inflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic, anticancer and radioprotectant.
Religious association: Beal leaves placed on the head of Lord Shiva, or on his emblem the lingam, to cool the hot-tempered deity and is considered to be conductive to wellbeing and happiness, and the destruction of sins as well. The three leaflets of bael leaf considered as the three eyes or trident weapon of Lord Shiva and believed to be symbolic of the three main forces of life: creation, destruction and preservation. According to Skanda Purana bael tree originated from the sweat of Goddess Lakshmi or Parvathi which had fallen on the mountain Mandra. The beal tree emits positive frequencies and eliminates negative energies in the persons who come near it.
This Shivaratri get your self a Bilvam sapling and be surrounded by all the goodness of bilvam plant and the blessing of lord Shiva!
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