It is believed that Lord Shiva’s worship on Mahashivratri (Mahashivratri 2019) is not complete without Bel Patra. Here’s why.
The celebration of Maha Shivratri (Maha Shivratri 2019) is going to be celebrated on 4th March of this year. On this day, Shiva devotees worship God Shankar or Bholenath. Go to the temple and do anointing with milk, do fast for a whole day, offer fruits and flowers on Shivling. Worship the Lord by lighting the lamp. But on the day of the most special Mahashivratri, Bel leaves is presented on Shivling. It is believed that Lord Shiva’s worship on Mahashivratri (Mahashivratri 2019) is not complete without Bel Patra. Here’s why.
Reasons as per Mythology
According to a very popular story in Hindu mythology, during the Sagar Manthan, when the war was going on between the gods and the demons for the nectar, then there was a poison in the name of Kaalkut from the ocean before the nectar. This poison was so dangerous that it could destroy the whole universe. But only Lord Shiva could destroy it. Then Lord Shiva kept the poison called Kaalkut in his throat. From this, their neck (throat) became blue. After this incident Lord Shiva was named Neelkanth. But with the influence of this venom, Lord Shiva’s brain became hot and his jealous had started to burn. All the gods were worried about their suffering. To reduce the irritation of their throat, all the gods fed the letter of the bell to them, thereby reducing the effect of poison. Since then, Bel leaves (Bel Patra) has special significance in the worship of Shiva. Not only this, but there is also a belief that Mahashivaratri is celebrated in the form of this incident of poisoning Lord Shiva by saving poison from the entire world.
Apart from this, it is believed that the devotee who worships Lord Shiva with the leaves of the bel tree(Bel Patra) receives as much fruit as the bath in the pilgrimage.