Understanding Devguru Bṛhaspati Based on Puranic Stories – Part 1

 

 

|| Brihaspati (Guru) Navagraha Mantra ||

Devaanaam Cha Risheenaam Cha Gurum Kaanchana Sannibham
Buddhibhootam Trilokesham Tam Namaami Brihaspateem

|| Vedic Mantras of Guru ||

Om Brihaspate Ati Yadaryo Arhaad Dyumdwibhaati Kratumajjaneshu Yaddeedayachhvas Ritprajaat Tadasmaasu Dravinam Dhehi Chitram

 

Meaning: I bow down to Brihaspathi who is the teacher of Gods and sages, who is resplendent and lustrous like burnished gold and who is endowed with a lot of wisdom and who is the lord of the three worlds.

Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) Origination Brahmaa’s one of the 10 Maanas Putra was Angiraa. Angiraa was married to Shraddha – one of the 9 daughters of Kardam Rishi and had three sons – Utathya, Brihaspati and Samvart. Where Shukra (Venus) is a Braahman and follows Bhrigu’s (another Maanas Putra of Brahmaa) lineage, Brihaspati (Jupiter) is also a Braahman and follows Angiraa’s lineage.

He has a strange story of his birth. Angira’s wife Shraddha, who was another creation of Brahma, was unfaithful to her husband during her pregnancy and as a result, she gave birth to a stillborn child. However, she repented for her mistake and was able to regain the favour of Angiraa. Angiraa then gave life to the child, who was then named Brihaspati.

Brihaspati had two wives – Shubh and Taaraa. His first wife Shubh gave birth to 7 daughters – Bhaanumatee, Raakaa, Archishmatee, Mahaamatee, Mahishmatee, Sineevaalee, and Havishmatee; his second wife Taaraa gave birth to 7 sons and one daughter.

He had two sons from his brother Utathya’s wife Mamataa also – Kach and Bharadwaaj. When he had Mamataa, Mamataa was already pregnant. As he tried to impregnate her, her child in her womb protested, but Brihaspati cursed him for his objection that he should be born with utter darkness. That child was Deerghtamaa who was born blind just because of Brihaspati’s Shaap. Brihaspati’s own child was Bharadwaaj who was immediately born. Both Brihaspati and Mamataa did not take care of the child so they abandoned him there only. Maruts found him, named him as Bharadwaaj, and brought him up. He was later adopted by King Dushyant.

Brihaspati attained his position as the preceptor of the Devtaa by performing penances on the banks of Prabhaas Teerth. Lord Shiv granted him this position, as well as his position as one of the Nava Grahas (nine planets).

In the Bhagavad Geetea, Shree Krishn teaches that among the priests, He is Brihaspati, that shows that He addresses Brihaspati as the highest, and proves that Brihaspati is like Bhagavaan Himself.

The representative of Guru (Jupiter) was a very jovial and intelligent man. After Budh’s Pandit sat down after delivering his speech, he got up and started – “O Highness, One main reason of Guru’s greatness over Budh is that Budh is two-faced – a true politician. He gives auspicious results when he conjoins with benefic planets; but when he joins malefic planets, he himself becomes malefic. Thus he is not reliable. He is like him in whose company he is. Guru is far more superior in this respect. He is the greatest benefic planet among all the nine planets; and acts as a malefic only under unusual circumstances. He is the Guru of Devtaa, Indra and other celestials respects him, obey him, and follow his counsel. Those who worship Jupiter regularly and sincerely can achieve their all kinds of desires. His wisdom is extraordinarily profound.

He is fond of sweets and he wears yellow clothes and yellow flowers. He is well-versed all all Ved and expert in all forms of human knowledge. He possesses all virtues, is modest, forgiving and happy. His mind and senses are disciplined. His metal is gold and gem is topaz. He is the Lord of fat in the body, North-east direction, Thursday, and of the constellations (Dhanu (Sagittarius) and Meen (Pisces). He is the Guru of immortals, the Lord of speech and is worthy of worship.

He is the son of Angiraa (Brahmaa’s one of 10 brain children.How Angiraa was born? He has a strange story of his birth. Once Brahmaa Jee grew passionate for some Apsaraa and lost his seed. He put it into fire and from that fire these 10 children were born. Angiraa was born directly from live coals that is why he is called Angiraa (Angaaraa). It was this Angiraa’s curse to Punjikaasthalee Apsaraa that mighty Hanumaan was born to her.

Angiraa’s wife’s name was Shraddhaa (one of the nine daughters of Kardam Rishi) and they had 8 sons including Brihaspati. Some call Brihaspati the son of Fire because he was born form Agni Dev (Fire god) and is incarnation of Fire. Brihaspati did severe Tap for Shiv Jee and got the position of the Guru (teacher) of celestials and a planet from him. Since then he got busy in advancing the plans of Devtaas.

Bṛhaspati (Sanskrit: बृहस्पति, often written as Brihaspati) is a Vedic era sage and spiritual master of the demigods’ councils also called as Guru and in (Sanskrit, it means lord of prayer or devotion”) ,or also called as the Deva-guru (Guru of the Gods).

Planet Jupiter or Guru is a considered as the most beneficial planet in hindu jyotish and considered to be the most auspicious, helpful, generous and beneficent of the planets. Worship of Jupiter results in progeny, good education, valour, longevity of life and recovery from physical illness. In the Zodiac. He is the Lord of Dhanus and Meena. Guru stays for one year in each Rasi, taking 12 years to complete the cycle.

Who is Brihaspati or Guru Graha

Brhaspati (often written as Brihaspati or Bruhaspati) also known as Brahmanaspati and Deva-guru (guru of the gods), is the name of a Vedic deity. He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief ‘offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods’ (Sanskrit: Purohita), with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind.

In Jyotish (Hindu astrology), Brihaspati is the name for the planet Jupiter, which is one of the Nava Graha (cosmic influencers) or planets. It is also known as Guru, Kuraa and Devaguru. Brihaspati is considered to be the greatest benefic of any of the planets. He rules over the signs Dhanus (Sagittarius) and Meen (Pisces), he is exalted in Kark (Cancer) and is fallen in Makar Capricorn) signs. The Sun, Moon and Mars are considered friendly to Brihaspati, Mercury is hostile and Saturn is neutral.Brihaspati is the Lord of three Nakshatras or lunar mansions: Punarvasu, Visakha and Poorv-Bhaadrapad. Yellow coloured items, like yellow cloth, Moong Daal, Channa Daal, jaggery etc, are considered associated with Brihaspati: his color is yellow, metal is gold and gemstone is yellow topaz. The season associated with him is winter (snow), direction is north-east and element is ether or space.

Guru in Vedic astrology is considered to be of the element ether (space) or Aakaash Tattwa (Aakaash = Space/Sky/Aether; Tattwa = Essence/Category/Truth). This indicates vastness, growth and expansion in a person’s horoscope and life. Brihaspati also represents the balance of past Karm, religion, philosophy, knowledge and issues relating to offspring. He is concerned with education, teaching and the dispensation of knowledge. Humans with Jupiter dominating in their horoscope could grow fat as life progresses and their empire and prosperity increases; and diabetes is an ailment directly related to Jupiter. According to traditional Hindu astrology, worship or propitiation of Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) results in cure from ailments affecting the stomach and helps ward off sins.

Brihaspati is a Kaarak or indicator of fortune, wealth, fame, luck, devotion and faith, spirituality, charity, morality, meditation, Mantra, children, Magistrates, ministers, lawyers, leaders in government and religion. He represents wisdom, benevolence and philosophy. His most favored position in a chart is 1st House, but he does well both in the Kendra and Angles and the auspicious Trikon Houses. As a benefic planet, he reaches full maturity at the earliest of the Nine Grahas – at the age of 16.

Worship of Brihaspati results in a cure for ailments affecting the stomach and helps one to ward off his sins, helps him in gaining strength, valor and longevity etc. He grants the boon of fatherhood to the childless, and good education. He should be worshipped on Thursdays. The following story goes whenever he is worshipped —

To Be Continued ….

Understanding Geo Planetary Study of The Giant Planet – The Jupiter

Understanding the little bit of planetary Science in Mundane Astrology – To understand Planets working More in deeply in the mundane world for those who want to understand scientific logic behind Jupiter super strong force in the solar system.

Jupiter is The most massive planet in our solar system, Jupiter size is of 318 Earth masses with four planet-size moons and many smaller satellites, Jupiter forms a kind of miniature solar system. Jupiter resembles a star in composition. In fact, if it had been about eighty times more massive, it would have become a star rather than a planet.

Jupiter supports electrical currents that power magnetic fields greater than that of Earth; around 20,000 times Earth intensity.Jupiter radiates roughly twice the amount of primordial heat as it receives heat from the sun.Saturn radiates roughly 2.5 times the amount. Jupiter having highest amount of Gravity than all other planets.Jupiter’s diameter is 11.2 times larger than Earth. In other words, you could put 11.2 Earths side-by-side to match the diameter of Jupiter.Even though Jupiter is an enormous, massive planet, it’s much smaller than the Sun. The Sun accounts for 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System. You could fit 109 Earths side by side to match the diameter of the Sun, and it would take 1.3 million planets the size of the Earth to fill it up.

And Jupiter’s volume is even bigger. It would take 1321.3 Earths to fill up the volume of Jupiter. In terms of surface area, Jupiter is 121.9 times bigger than the Earth. That’s how many Earths could be flattened out to cover the surface of Jupiter.

Jupiter is primarily composed of hydrogen, with volatiles such as water, ammonia, methane, and other compounds as trace substances. It is differentiated into An outer layer of molecular hydrogen extends from the cloud tops (165 K) to a region experiencing 2 Mbar (i.e two million bars) of pressure and 6500 K which making it hotter than the sun’s surface temp of 5770 K.

A thick layer of metallic hydrogen making up most of its mass. this extends to a depth at which pressure is 37 Mbar and the temperature is 14000 K.A rocky/metallic core of roughly five Earth masses. At its center, Jupiter experiences 50 Mbar pressure and 15,600 K. In contrast, the center of Earth experiences 7273 K and 3.8 Mbar.

Although Jupiter is primarily composed of light substances, these are sufficiently compressed to give it a mean density of 1.33. Compare to 5.51 for Earth, 3.34 for the moon, 1.94 for Ganymede, and 1.00 for Tethys, the least dense icy world.

Jupiter’s appearance is a tapestry of beautiful colors and atmospheric features. Most visible clouds are composed of ammonia. Water exists deep below and can sometimes be seen through clear spots in the clouds. The planet’s “stripes” are dark belts and light zones created by strong east-west winds in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere. Within these belts and zones are storm systems that have raged for years. The Great Red Spot, a giant spinning storm, has been observed for more than 300 years.

The composition of Jupiter’s atmosphere is similar to that of the sun—mostly hydrogen and helium. Deep in the atmosphere, the pressure and temperature increase, compressing the hydrogen gas into a liquid. At depths about a third of the way down, the hydrogen becomes metallic and electrically conducting. In this metallic layer, Jupiter’s powerful magnetic field is generated by electrical currents driven by Jupiter’s fast rotation. At the center, the immense pressure may support a solid core of ice-rock about the size of Earth.

Jupiter’s magnetic field traps belts of charged particles. These are powerful sources of radiation and pose a major threat to robot spacecraft, as they will to any humans who ever visit the Jupiter system. Indeed, the Juno spacecraft is the most heavily armored vehicle to be sent into the Solar System. Note: of the major moons, only Callisto orbits outside these belts.

Jupiter’s enormous magnetic field is nearly 20,000 times as powerful as Earth’s. Trapped within Jupiter’s magnetosphere (the area in which magnetic field lines encircle the planet from pole to pole) are swarms of charged particles. Jupiter’s rings and moons are embedded in an intense radiation belt of electrons and ions trapped in the magnetic field. The Jovian magnetosphere, composed of these particles and fields, balloons 600,000 to 2 million miles (1 million to 3 million kilometers) toward the sun and tapers into a windsock-shaped tail extending more than 600 million miles (1 billion kilometers) behind Jupiter, as far as Saturn’s orbit.

Jupiter’s primarily hydrogen atmosphere is decorated by colorful clouds of trace substances which were predicted by chemical models to contain: Hydrocarbon haze (smog analogous to that of Titan – not proper clouds) Ammonia NH3 – These are what we mostly see. Water H2O and Ammonium hydrogen sulfide NH4HS

Whatever their composition, the clouds enable us to track the motion of atmospheric winds. These reveal that the atmosphere is divided into a counter rotating latitudinal bands, and is marked by cyclonic storms like the Great Red Spot (right). These are typically short-lived, but the Red Spot has been active for at least 400 years.

Jupiter’s magnetic field accelerates ions in the planet’s ionosphere, causing them to emit radio waves. The field is slightly inclined with respect to its rotational axis, so there are daily peaks in radio emission associated with it. Although determining wind speed with respect to a fixed location on the surface is impossible, global rotation can be approximated using regular peaks in radio emissions, revealing the 9.925 hour day. Movement of visible atmospheric features can be clocked and compared to the global rotation rate to determine wind speed. And what is that speed? Tops speeds between 160 m s-1 and 220 m s-1.

The interactions of counter-rotating zones and belts power cyclones like the Great Red Spot. This storm has been active for at least 400 years. Could its end be approaching? A 2014 report notes its significant size reduction over the last century. Smaller storms come and go on the order of years and decades. Galileo also observed lightning associated with short lived thunderstorms.

That’s why we see Jupiter as a Single largest planet in Vedic Astrology and Mundane accounting deep effects in human behavior during its transits. It control’s all planets except Sun.because of the stronger Magnetic field of Jupiter Earth is always feel safe from outer fields. But due to its huge and massive gases structure like the sun, it has a strong reason for activating Drought like conditions in the earth and also acts as Earthquakes triggering agent and creating a massive amount of Impact on Earth Atmosphere via Storms, Rains, and Condensation cycle in Oceans and Rivers in Mundane Astrology.

Astro-Ayurveda and Herbal Plants Research Series : The Ayurvedic/Herbal Plant (Bilwa) Remedy those are born in Visakha Nakashtra or Ascendant.

 

Biological classification of Bael

The scientific classification of bael is as below

  • Kingdom: Plantae (Angiosperms)
  • Order: Sapindales
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Subfamily: Aurantioideae
  • Tribe: Aurantieae
  • Genus: Aegle
  • Species: A. marmelos
  • Binomial name: Aegle marmelos

Various names of Bael

  • English name:  Wood apple
  • Arabic:  Safarjale
  • Bengali:  Belpatthar ka paid
  • Hindi:  Bael
  • Marathi:  Belaache zaad
  • Tamil:  Vilvamaran
  • Sinhala:  Beli
  • Gujarati:  Billu
  • Kannada:  Belladi hannu
  • Konkani:  Gorakamili
  • Malyalam:  Koolam
  • Marathi:  Bel
  • Odia:  Baela
  • Urdu:  Bael
  • Indonesia:  Maja
  • Thai:  Matum

Bael or Aegle marmelos is a spiritual, religious and medicinal plant, native of India and Bangladesh and spread throughout South East Asia. The fruit takes about 10 to 11 months to ripen. Wood Apple is a sweet, aromatic and astringent in nature. Bel has many benefits and uses such as to cure tuberculosis, hepatitis, dysentery, constipation, peptic ulcer, piles and many more, useful in worm infestation and stomach related problems. Bael or Aegle marmelos is also known as Bengal quince, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, stone apple, etc.  It is also known by various names such as Wood apple, Kaitha, Maredu Pandu, Vilam Palam, Belada Hannu, Koovalam, Kothu, Koth Bel, etc. It’s one of the few Ayurvedic plants whose entire parts from root to leaves are used for different diseases. The fruit balances Kaph and Vata doshas, its roots improve digestion, leaves are good for pain, stem for heart and bel flowers for curing of diarrhoea.

The religious importance of Bael


According to the Ayurvedic Research by V. NIGAM and V. S. NAMBIAR, Aegle marmelos or Bael
is one such plant described in the ancient medical treatise in Sanskrit, Charak Samhita. It is popular medicinal plant in Ayurvedic and Siddha systems of medicine and folk medicines used to treat a wide variety of ailments. Aegle Marmelos commonly known as bael belongs to family Rutaceae. In Ayurveda Bael is termed tridosh har- remedy for three disturbances- bile, wind and phlegm. Aegle marmelos (Bilva) is considered as an embodiment of Lord Shiva himself and it is one of the sacred trees in Hinduism having spiritual powers.

Bilva tree is said to have manifested from Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi and Sri Sooktham eulogize Goddess Lakshmi as…

“Aadithya varnae tapassodhi jaatho
Vanaspathi stava vrukshotha bilvaha
Tasya phalani tapasaanudantu
Mayaantha raayaashcha baahya alakshmeehi”

The translation of this stotra is given below.

“Oh Lakshmi, your complexion is like that of a morning Sun, a vanaspathi (trees bearing fruits without blossoming) called by name Bilva was brought forth by your devout austerity. Through your favour may the fruits of the tree drive away my misfortunes and poverty both internal (ignorance) and external. It is believed and said that one who does penance under the Bilva tree and meditate on Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi will be bestowed with fulfilment of all desires”

 

Leaves are offered in prayers to Shiva and Parvathi since ancient time. Bael having useful medicinal properties especially as a cooling agent, is a deciduous sacred tree, associated with Gods. This tree is popular in Shiva and Vishnu temples also popularly known as the temple garden plant and it can be grown in every house. Its leaves are trifoliate symbolizing the Thrimurthies- Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva with spear-shaped leaflets resembling trisoolam the weapon of Lord Shiva. The tree is also sacred to the Jains. The 23rd Tirthankara, Bhagwan Parasnathji attained enlightenment under a Bael tree. The leaflets are given to devotees as prasadam in Shiva temples and as Tulsi in Vishnu temples.

Bael has great religious significance. In Hindu tradition, the leaves and the fruit of the plant are offered to god during prayer, especially god Shiva. Its leaves are also used to worship Parvati and Viva Rupra. The fruit is used in religious ceremonies and rituals and its mentioned is also seen in Vedas and Mahabharata.

In a Research paper by  Neha Parmar, Suman Singh and Bhupesh Patel on ” Historical and Ethno-Medical Review on Bilva Patra ” ; References regarding Bilva are abundantly given from the Yajurveda, Atharvaveda, Brahmanas, Kalpasutras and Puranas which suggests its popularity. It is also mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Historically it is referred to as one of the pious trees in the Baudhayana Dhamasutra, Taitiriya Brahamana termed the Bilva tree as a propitious tree. In ancient India, Bilva was considered as the most sacred of all fruits, and was used as the main food offering to the temple deities. In recent times coconut has superseded the Bilva as the principal fruit of religious offering as a symbol of self-surrender. Hindu iconography is replete with Bilva, too—its trifoliate leaves emerge on Shiva’s crown and trident, and the points of three-pronged leaves also represent the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Its amulets were made and worn for removing the evil effects. It was regarded as the symbol of fatness and fertility as it increases in size from the roots up to the branches and yield’s fruits every year.Among the eight leaves of Bilva offered to Lord Shiva, it is believed to be Mokshasadhanam in Lingarchanchandrika. According to Maitra, Bilva tree is said to possess essence of celestial light. It is told to wear ‘Bilva Mani’ as an ornament for Dusvapnanashana (removing bad dreams), Rakshoghna (destroying evil), Rasayana (elixir of life), Prajasthapana (preserving progeny) and Vishaghna (antivenom) in Shankhyana Aranyaka.

Water made out of Bilva Patra is used for bath in bridal rituals. It is told to wear Bilva-danda in Upanayana Samskara too.Bilva was also used as a stick by the Babylonian slam 7000 years ago. (Alimas, et al., 1996). The tree is also sacred to the Jains, as the 23rd Tirthankara, Bhagwan Parasnathji is said to attained enlightenment under a Bilva tree.

In Agnipurana, inhaling the oil obtained from this plant is said to increase the poetic acumen of the inhaler and enables him to live a long life. Further, either the decoction of Bilva fruits, Mangifera indica, Dolicos lablab, Woodfordia fruiticosa, Zingiber ofcinale along with buttermilk and molasses is mentioned in treatment of gastroenteritis or the decoction of Bilva, Aconitum heterophyllum and Holerrhena antidysenterica should be given. Bilva is also said to cure fever associated with pain and cough.

Spiritual Importance of Bilwa patra

 

The Shiva Purana tells the story of the effect of worshipping Lord Shiva with the bel leaf

A hunter once had to go hunting on the day ofMaha Shivaratriwhen Lord Shiva is worshipped because his family was hungry. At the end of the day, the hunter was not able to find any prey. He climbed a tree by a lake, waiting for an unsuspecting animal to come for a drink. He did not realize that the tree he had climbed was a bilva tree. Buried at the foot of the tree was a Shivling, the representation of Lord Shiva for worship. During the night, he kept throwing the bilva leaves on the ground and they fell on the Shivling. This unknowing worship to Lord Shiva was enough to transform the hunter into a compassionate and understanding human being and frees him from his past bad karma.

As described in the Nagara Khanda of the Skanda Purana Bilva tree emerged from the sweat of Shiva’s wife Parvati,

The splendid Daughter of the Mountain; the goddess [Parvati] became tired due to her sports. Drops of sweat appeared on her forehead and a drop fell on the ground. It became a great tree on the excellent mountain Mandara, Parvati said, “Since this tree pierced through the ground and rose up near me, let it be named Bilva. If anyone approaches this tree devoutly and collects the leaves, he shall certainly become a king of the earth. If anyone with perfect faith worships me with its leaves, he will realize whatever desire he may cherish. If a person, after seeing the leaves of Bilva, at least maintains faith in the rite of adoration, I shall undoubtedly be the bestowed of wealth on him. If anyone makes his mind to eat the tip of the leaves, thousands of his sins perish automatically. If a man places the tip of the leaf on his head, no torture of Yama will give him pain.”

Bilva-Patrais the leaf of one of the sacred trees in the Hindu religion calledBael (बेल). Its holiness is comparable to Tulsi leaves. In fact, Bilva-Patra is to Shiva what Tulsi leaves are to Vishnu. Bael is known by Stone apple, Wood apple, Golden Apple or Bengal Quince in English. In Hindi, it is commonly known as Bael or Bel and a leaf of Bel is Bel-Patta. The scientific name is “Aegle Marmelos”. Bilva-Patra is the Sanskrit name.  
                   
According to Hindu mythology, it has emerged from the heart of Goddess Lakshmi. It is clear from sixth “Shloka” of “Bilvashtakam” as follows:- 

                              लक्ष्म्याः स्तनत उत्पन्नं महादेवस्य च प्रियम् 

                              बिल्ववृक्षं प्रयच्छामि   बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणं ।6।
Lakshmya stanat utpannam mahadevasya ch priyam
bilvavriksham prayachchhami bilvapatram shivarpanam.
Meaning:
I offer this bael tree which has emerged from the heart of Goddess Lakshmi and liked by Mahadev. So I offer Bilva-Patra to God Shiva. 
A leaf of Bilva-Patra is a compound leaf which contains three leaflets. This three leafleted Bilva-Patra is loved by Shiva which is offered to Him. Rarely it happens that more than three leaflets grow in the leaf which becomes a point of curiosity among the devotees. I have seen such leaves being sold at a higher price in the campus of Baba Baidyanathdham Temple complex. But these leaves should not be offered to Shiva as it is clear from first “Shloka” of Bilvashtakam” as follows:-
 
त्रिदलं  त्रिगुणाकारं  त्रिनेत्रं  च  त्रयायुधम् 
त्रिजन्म पापसंहारम् बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणं ।1। 
 
Tridalam trigunakaram trinetram ch tryaudham
trijanma pap-sanharam bilvapatra Shivarpanam.
Meaning:
The three leafleted Bilva-patra that has three qualities of Sat, raj and tam, that represents three eyes of Shiva and three weapons, that destroys the sins of three births, I offer that Bilva-Patra to God Shiva.) 


 This “Shloka” is also spoken while offering Bilva-Patra to Shiva. In addition to three leaflets, it should be soft, without holes, without spots (दाग) and unbroken. The thicker part of the ‘Belpatta‘ twig (डंठल) which is connected to the tree(called vajra) should be removed. While offering to Shiva or other gods, the ‘Belpatra’ should be put upside down i.e. smooth face touching the ‘Linga’ and tip away from the devotee. There is an eight “Shloka” “Bilvashtakam” which describes the importance of Bilva-Patra.

Before offering the leaves, they are touched or sprinkled with white sandalwood paste (चन्दन). Not only Shiva but all members of Shiva family (शिव परिवार) including Nandi the Guard is offered Bilva-Patra. Ganesh, Gouri (Shakti) and her Avatars like Durga & Kaali and Kartikeya all are offered Bilva-Patra. Since Shiva is like a devotee of Rama, So some people write “राम” with sandalwood paste (चन्दन) or Kunkum (कुंकुम) on the leaflets and offer it to Shiva. Hanuman is an avatar of Shiva and also called ‘Rudra avatar’, so ‘Bilva-Patra’ is also offered to Hanuman.  
 Some devotees think that three leaflets of Bilva-Patra represent three eyes of Shiva:- Two lower leaflets as two normal eyes and one upper leaflet as the third eye on the forehead. As in any temple in North India, the Pundit gives “Charanamrit” (Holy water with Tulsi leaves) to devotees, similarly, in Bhubaneswar, a Pundit at Shiva temple gives Holy water with a piece of Bilva-Patra.  The number of Bilva-Patra offered to Shiva may vary from one to more than lakhs depending upon availability and affordability of the person. I have seen one lakh and twenty-five thousand (सवा लाखBilva-Patras being offered to Baba Basukinath by some devotees in the month of “Saavan” and “Aashaadh“. 
 Though it is a practice that something offered to Gods are not offered again, but in the case of Bilva-Patra if it not available to someone and he sees some Bilva-Patras put over Shiva-lingam then he may take it, wash it and again offer it to Shiva. Shiva is so kind to his devotees that He even accepts the imaginary offerings equally. As in the first stanza of “Shiva Manas Pujan Stotram” many things including Bilva-Patra is offered in imagination:- 

Ratnaih kalpitam aasanam himjalaih snanam ch divyambaram

Nana ratna vibhooshitam    mrigmadamodankitam chandanam

jatichampakvilvapatra  rachitam  pushpam  ch  dhoopam tatha

Deepam dev  dayanidhe  pashupate   hritkalpitam  grihyataam.

 
Devotees plant this tree in their house campus for Bilva-Patra and the fruits. Bilva-tree on the campus helps to make one’s name, fame and wealth grow. Not only this since the tree of Bael represents Shiva himself, after getting up from the bed in the morning people see and say ‘namaskar’ to the tree and speak this “Shloka”,
Darshanam Bilva Vrikshasya Sparshnam Papnashnam
Aghor    Papsanharam     Bilvapatram     Shivarpanam.
The worship of Shiva-linga under a ‘Bilva-Tree‘ is very fruitful. Watering a Bilva-Tree‘ with simple ‘Jalam’ or ‘Gangajalam‘ gives the ‘Punya‘ of visiting all ‘Tirthas’. Putting the water from near the root of this tree on the forehead destroys all “Papam“.

Astrological Importance of Bilwa Patra

 

Those who are born in Visakha Nakashtra and Scorpio moon sign or having a birth in Visakha Lagana nakshatras they should either plant Bilwa Patra Tree in their garden and daily give water to this tree or those having health issues related to liver or stomach should take Bilva Juice daily to Nullify the negative impact of Jupiter in their Natal chart.

Even meditation under this tree can be blissful too for Visakha nakashtra people. Despite Planting they should Do Rudra abhishek with Bilwa Patra, fruits, Milk and rest of Panch amrits. It can heal the malefic effect of Jupiter with much greater speed if done with proper care and utter devotion.
Even those having Jupiter as Bhadhaka planet they should also plant or donate Bilwa planet to someone needy or near Shiva linga in lord shiva temple, that way it can nullify the negative impact of Bhadhaka.
If Jupiter is malefic it can lead to trouble of Liver functionalities, Elevation in enzymes, Uncontrolled Sexual appetite, gall bladder issues, Kidney enzymes troubles or sometimes increase in level of infections or Diabetic pattern, Can give increase in Bilirubin- Jaundice, Weakening of body due to extreme heat in the stomach and liver, can leads to gastric troubles or constipation etc too.
Reason being according to System of 5 limbs Nakashtras are known and seen for Health Matters of Mind and Body. Any affliction to Native birth nakashtras can lead to disturbed health of Mind and body. This is the only reason why affliction in Scorpion moon and Visakha Nakashtras lord via nodes are mostly prone to problems of Liver and Genetic organs issues during their Dasha padas.
Same way Visakha Nakashtra Diety connected with Indra – the god of transformation, Power and Agni the god of fire, could be another reason why Visakha people are so much extremist in everything in life from sexual appetite to power to hunger.
So, Increase in the Level of Tamsik and Rakashas gana in this nakshatra can lead to health trouble due to overindulgence in Sexuality, over hunger, increase in appetite, improper digestion, stomach issues, gas and mostly liver has been found afflicted.

So, best Remedy to cure Viskhna Nakashtra (Scorpion) moon sign is the planting of a bilwa tree and having bilwa fruit daily or worshipping of Lord Shiva with Bilwa Patra and fruit .

Medicinally Bilwa has many benefits :

1) Can cure diarrhoea, cholera, haemorrhoids, vitiligo.

2) Can Reduces gastric ulcer.

3) Antimicrobial property.

4) Can cure scurvy.

5) Can control cholesterol.

6) Can solve respiratory problems.

7) Anti-inflammatory.

8) Can be used to treat heart diseases.

9) Can prevent constipation.

10) Can control diabetes.

Nutritional Value of Bael Fruit

The various nutrients in a bael fruit per 100gm.

Nutrients Amount

Carbohydrate 31.8 gm

Fat 0.3 g

Proteins 1.8 gm.

Vitamins

Vitamin A 55 mg.

Vitamin B Rich in Vitamin B1 and B2

Vitamin C 60 mg.

Thiamine 0.13 mg.

Riboflavin 1.19 mg.

Niacin 1.1 mg.

Carotene 55 mg.

Minerals

Calcium 85 mg.

Potassium 600 mg.

Fiber 2.9 gm.

Water 61.5 g.

Energy 137 k.cal

Energy 137 k.cal

10 Health benefits of Bael

  1. Bael for Tuberculosis: In Ayurveda, it is used for the treatment of tuberculosis.
  2. Bael for Gynecological disorders: The regular consumption of Bael helps to prevent gynecological related issues.
  3. Bael for Urinary diseases: Use of bel leads you to overcome the problems of urinary diseases.
  4. Bael for Diabetes prevention: It has bitter pungent, full of antioxidants and helps to stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin, which leads to lowering of blood sugar. The leaves can be used against diabetes.
  5. Bael for Digestive disorders: It supports intestinal biological formulations and protects the digestive system from ulceration, reduces the frequency of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), intestinal spasm thus beneficial in treating of dirrrhea, dysentery, and other infections of Elementary canal.
  6. Bael for Fever prevention: The leaf juice with honey is helpful in prevention of fever.
  7. Bael for Epilepsy: Flowers are uses as epilepsy tonic.
  8. Bael Nutritional facts: It is rich in alakloids, polysaccharides, antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin B, and many other bio-chemical substances. It also contains tannins, calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein and fiber. The 100 gram of Bael contains the following nutrients: Calorific value (137 Kcal), Moisture (61.5g), Protein (1.8g), Fat (.3g), Minerals (1.7g), Fiber (2.9g), Carb (31.8mg), Calcium (85mg), Phosphorous (50mg), Iron (.7mg), Beta carotene (55 UG), Thiamine (.13mg), Niacin (1.1mg), Vitamin C (8 mg), Potassium (600mg) and Copper (.21 mg).
  9. Bael for Piles treatment: The extract of unripe bel fruit is helpful in curing of piles and hemorrhoids.
  10. Bael fights ulcer: Due to its soothing effects on the digestive system, it leads to reduce the acidity level in the stomach thus useful in combating ulcers like gastric ulcers, gastrodudenal ulcers, etc.

Uses of Bael

  • Its juice is used to make drink and squashes, especially in summer season because of its sweet and pleasant nature.
  • Bael tender leaves are used as salads.
  • It cleans the atmosphere as it helps to purify the atmosphere by absorbing the harmful gases from the it.
  • It is used to increase appetite.
  • Its extract oil is used to cure respiratory problems.
  • It is used in the preparation of candy, squash, toffee, pulp powder, and other eatable products.

Medicinal benefits of Bael

  • Bel is known for its medicinal values because of the presence of many bio-chemical substance such as alkaloids, antioxidants, polysaccharides and essential oils.
  • The fleshy inner product of bael is curative, pesticidal, nutritive as well as therapeutic in nature, which is used for the treatment of many diseases and disorders.
  • Wood apple leaves are of therapeutic value and used in lowering of blood cholesterol.
  • It is anti-inflammatory in nature. Its extracts when applied on the exposed area, help to cure inflammation.
  • Bael’s roots are antidiarrhoetic, antidote to snake venom and anti-inflammatory for healing.

Bel juice benefits

  • Bel juice is useful in curing of constipation because of its laxative properties.
  • Bel juice gives great comfort in heartburn, acidity, hyperacidity and indigestion.
  • If you are suffering from intestinal parasites, it is advisable to drink bael juice because of its antidote nature.
  • Aegle marmelos juice is good for heart and brain. Bel juice mixed with Ghee, is beneficial in prevention of heart disease. It is also used as heart tonic.
  • Chewing of raw leaves of Bel help to solve many gastric problems.
  • Bael juice is rich in vitamin C, and good for scurvy treatment.

Bel precaution

Though Bael is a beneficial Ayurvedic plant, but it has some side effects too. Before eating the fruit, one should take caution in the below given conditions.

  • Abdominal disorders:  Excess of bael consumption leads to abdominal disorders.
  • Constipation: If you are taking more quantity of the fruit, it may lead to constipation.
  • Pregnancy: One shouldn’t take Bel during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding:  Avoid during breastfeeding.
  • Surgery: It shouldn’t be used in surgery.
  • Diabetes: When taking for lowering of sugar in blood, one should observe sugar level carefully as it may down sugar too low.
  • Hypertension: One should avoid to take this fruit if having high blood pressure.

 

With thanks and Regards,

Rakesh Singh Jamwal

Source and Reference:
Skanda Puran, Chapter 250, Creation of bilwa Tree
Sacred Plants of India by By Nanditha Krishna
https://www.biodiversityofindia.org
Historical and Ethno-Medical Review on Bilva by Neha Parmar, Suman Singh, & Bhupesh Patel
Therapeutic  potential of  Aegle marimelos  leaves as an Antioxidant and anti-diabetic agent : A review by
V. NIGAM AND V. S. NAMBIAR
Wikipedia