Why Do We Use Bilva Leaves To Worship Lord Shiva ?
Bilva (Crataeva) Leaves Are Always Used In The Temples Of Lord Shiva
Bilva (Crataeva) tree is considered as one of the favorites trees of Lord Shiva. Hence, it is given a prominent place in the Lord Shiva’s temples. The prickles of this tree represents Sakthi (Mother Goddess), and the branches represent the Vedas and the roots are taken for Rudra, the Lord Himself. Each petal of bilva leaf is turned to three and they represent three gunas (features) each. The devotees of Lord Shiva take them to be the three eyes of their deity. Most devotees consider the bilva tree as a holy tree that can cure all sins of a lifetime.
As per the belief, one should not pluck the bilva leaf on new moon and fool moon days. All parts of the trees are excellent Ayurvedic medicines. Many agricultural universities around the globe fosters bilva in consideration of its medicinal value, reports the Science Today magazine.
Rheumatism, phlegm, vomiting, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and such ailments can be cured using the bilva. In the treatment of diabetes also, bilva has a unique role. The Ayurvedic doctors point out that the oil boiled in the juice of the bilva leaves can cure ear infections (fungal infections) and pains (puss in the ear).
The changes in the nature of the full moon (Pournami / Purnima) and new moon (Amavasai / Amavasya) days can affect the bilva tree also. That is why, there is a restriction in plucking the leaves on these days.