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Bilva Fruit in Hindi Mythical Sacrifice To Get Rich



Before the start of the war between Ramachandra and Ravana, Brahma took Rama to a Bilva tree on the sea shore to invoke Devi on the Krsna navami Tithi. Rama approached the Bilva fruit and eugolised Devi and the latter assured him with a voice from heaven that he would attain victory over the Rakshasas. 

Bilva Fruit in Hindi Mythical

According to certain tribes of India, the tree sprang from the testes of a pig which is considered an unclean animal, thus revealing the great gap that exists between the orthodox Hindu thought and that of the tribes. Naturally therefore, most tribal people do not consider the pig sacred. The Gauria snake-charmers of Central India are believed to cure snake bites by an appeal to the Bilva tree and to Dhanwantri, the Physician of gods. 

The King Who Offered His Head In Sacrifice


Once in the city of Pataliputra ruled a king called Vikramatunga. He had the reputation of never turning his back on a suppliant, nor in fighting on an enemy. The king one day entered a forest to hunt and saw a Brahman offering a sacrifice of Bilva fruits. The king did not disturb him and went ahead with his chase. Hours later, on his return from the chase; he found the Brahman still intent on his sacrifice as before. The king got curious and going upto the Brahman asked him what merit he was going to gain by offering Bilva fruits. 

The Brahman named Nagasarman answered, "When the God of Fire is pleased with this Bilva for sacrifice, and then Bilva fruits of gold will come out of the fire. The God of Fire will appear in bodily form and grant me a boon; and so I have spent much time in offering Bilva fruits. But so little is my merit that even now the God of Fire is not propitiated". 

The king then said, "Give me a Bilva fruit that I may offer it, and I will today, O Brahman, and render the God of Fire propitious to you". 

The Brahman answered, "How will you, unchastened and impure, propitiate that God of Fire, who is not satisfied with me, who remain faithful to my vow and am chastened?"

The king answered, "Never mind, give me a Bilva fruit and in a moment you shall behold a wonder". 

The Brahman, full of wonder and curiosity, gave a Bilva fruit to the king. The king meditated for a while and offering the Bilva fruit to the fire, said, "If thou art not satisfied with this Bilva fruit, O God of Fire, then I will offer my own head". 

Arising from the sacrificial fire, the seven-rayed god appeared before the king, bringing him a golden Bilva fruit, as the fruit of his valour and addressing the king said, "I am pleased with thy courage, so receive a boon, O king". 

The king bowed before the God of Fire and said, "Grant this Brahman his wish. What other boon do I require". 

The God of Fire answered, "O king, this Brahman shall become a great lord of wealth and thou shall also by my favour have the prosperity of thy treasury remain ever undiminished". 

The Brahman then addressed the God of Fire and said, "Thou hast appeared swiftly to a king that acts according to his own will, but not to me that am under vows, why is this, O revered one?" 

Then the God of Fire, the giver of boons answered, "If I had not granted him an interview, this king of fierce courage would have offered his head in sacrifice to me. In this world successes quickly befall those of fierce spirit, but they come slowly, O Brahman, to those of dull spirit like these". 

Thus spoke the God of Fire and vanished. The Brahman Nagasarman took leave of the king and because of the boon given him by the God of Fire, became very rich. 

Bilva Fruit in Hindi Mythical


Another interesting legend, a hunter was trying to shoot a deer. He climbed the Bilva tree and getting bored in his hours of waiting, to kill time he started plucking the leaves of the tree and throwing them down. Under the tree was an image of Siva. After a while, Siva himself appeared to the hunter in a vision and said, "I make myself visible to you for it is not the way you worship that is important but the worship itself". 

Even the accidental fall of leaves on the image of Siva, gave the hunter his vision. From that day onwards, the tree and its trifoliate arrangement of leaves became sacred. Another version of the same story is given by Dubois. 

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A slightly different version of the story is Sundara Sena. The vicious king of Arunda went out hunting. Getting tired he took rest in a bower of Bilva trees. There was a phallic emblem in the bower and Bilva leaves fell on it because the king plucked them from the tree. Plucking Bilva leaves made the dust rise and to lay down the dust, the king brought water from the near by river and sprinkled it on the tree. 

Some water dribbled down on the head of the emblem. Then a shaft fell down from the king’s quiver and he went to fetch it. As he bent down to pick it up, his chest touched the emblem. Having touched, bathed and worshipped the emblem of Siva with Bilva leaves on the night of the Vratam, the king got his vision of Mahadeva. 

Reference

  • Plants Myths & Traditions in India. By Shakti M. Gupta, 1968.
  • The Astrological Magazine. Publish by Raman Publications, 2003.



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