Mahashivratri 2024: Why Bel Patra Or Bilva Leaves Are Used For Maha Shivratri Puja?

Bel Patra is a symbol of purity

The leaves of the bel tree are considered to be very pure. They are often used in religious ceremonies and rituals to cleanse the body and mind.

Bel Patra is a symbol of devotion

Offering bel patra to Lord Shiva is a way of showing your devotion to him. It is a way of saying that you are willing to surrender your ego and your desires to him.

Bel Patra is a symbol of auspiciousness

The bel tree is considered to be a very auspicious tree. It is said to bring good luck and prosperity to those who plant it and care for it.

Symbolism of the Three Leaves

Lord Shiva's trident (trishul), representing his power to overcome negativity.The past, present, and future.

Auspicious Offering

The Shiva Purana includes Bel Patra among the six sacred objects used in Shiva Puja.  Offering it is considered highly auspicious and a way to receive his blessings.

Cooling Effect

The Bel leaves have a naturally cooling property.  This is seen as symbolic of appeasing Lord Shiva's fiery aspect (Agni Tattva).

Pleasing Lord Shiva

The Bel Patra is believed to be particularly favored by Lord Shiva.  The Skanda Purana states that offering Bel Patra is equivalent to performing a thousand Yagya sacrifices.