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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Bilva Tree
The Bilva Tree, or Bael tree Aegle marmelos is a medicinal plant , sacred to Hindus. The fruit is eaten fresh or dried. The hard skinned fruits are a favourite to make sherbet, a cooling drink. The pulp is mixed with jaggery and water and strained. This is a very good drink to prevent sunstroke , and to give energy in the searing heat. The leaves of the Bael are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
The leaves of the Bael tree are the food for the larvae of the Lime butterfly and the Common Mormon.
The leaves are used in the worship of Shiva, who is said to love the leaves.
This 7th century image of the dancing Shiva is carved in the first cave of Badami. Shiva, the Destroyer, is dancing the apocalyptic Tandava dance in this image.