The ashtakam is rendered here by Sounds of Isha. This leaf embodies the three qualities of sattva, rajas and tamas. This leaf is like the three eyes, and the sun, moon and fire. It is like three weapons.
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Shri Shiva Bilvashtakam is a powerful chant that speaks of the power and glory of offering bilva leaves to Lord Shiva.
Bilva Patra shares a very special relationship with Lord Shiva. Shiva is very fond of Belpatra or the Bilva leaves. If a person prays to Shiva with a clear mind and offers a Belpatra to the Shivalinga, the Lord blesses them with whatever they desires. Hence, Belpatra is one of the most important ingredients which is used for the worship of Lord Shiva. Bilva leaves is from the wood apple tree. This leaf is trifoliate which signifies the holy Trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
It also signifies the three eyes of Shiva. According to Shiva Purana, The bilva is the symbol of lord shiva. It is adored even by the gods.
Blessed are the ones who offer Bilva. One Bilva is equal to a thousand lotus, says the Siva Purana. According to the Skanda Purana, the Bel tree grew from the sweat droplets of Parvati which fell on the Mandrachal mountain.
From there the Bel tree emerged. Hence, it is believed that the Goddess resides in this tree in all Her forms. She resides as Girija in the roots of the tree, as Maheshwari in its trunk, as Dakshayani in its branches, Parvati in its leaves, Katyayani in its fruit and as Gauri in its flowers. Therefore as Parvati resides in Her various forms in this tree, Shiva is extremely fond of its leaves.
According to Sri Bilva Shtakam, bel tree grew from the breast of Lakshmi.
Bilvashtakam – Audio, Lyrics and Meaning
Tridalam trigunakaram trinetram cha triyayudham. Trijanmapapasamharam ekabilvam shivarpanam. Trishakhaih bilvapatraishcha hyachchidraih komalaih shubhaih. Tavavapujam karishhyami ekabilvam shivarpanam.
Bilvashtakam Lyrics : Sanskrit, Hindi and English : pdf : शिव बिलवाष्टकम
Shri Shiva Bilvashtakam ( श्री शिव बिल्वाष्टकम )