Maha Vilvam Bel Patra, Aegle Marmelos- Plant (Seven Leaf)
Maha Vilvam is a holly tree commonly found in the sacred groves from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in the foot hills and in plains which has many medicinal secrets. Vilva trees are the Sthala virusham of the most of the Shiva temples in India.
It is a most rarely found species of bel patra. Special Feature of Maha Vilvam Plant is the beautiful design of their leaves. It represents unity of trideva.
Meaning of Tridev: Tridev in the Indian origin, means Hindu Trinity ( Bramha, Vishnu & Mahesh – The Creator, Sustainer, Destroyer; three gods in one)
The Maha Vilvam plant, also known as the Indian Bael or Aegle marmelos, is a tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent. Here are some of its features:
- Leaves: The leaves are trifoliate, which means that they are composed of three leaflets. They are glossy and have a slightly serrated edge.
- Fruits: The tree produces large, round fruits that are green when unripe and turn yellow when they ripen. The fruits have a hard, woody shell and contain a soft, pulpy flesh that is edible.
- Medicinal properties: The tree is highly valued in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its various medicinal properties. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, and is used to treat a range of ailments including diarrhea, dysentery, and respiratory infections.
- Religious significance: It is considered sacred in Hinduism and is often planted near temples. Its leaves, fruits, and flowers are used in various religious rituals and offerings.
- Hardy tree: They are hardy, that can grow in a variety of soil types and is drought-resistant. It is also able to withstand high temperatures and can grow in both tropical and subtropical regions.
Here are some of the uses of Aegle Marmelos plant:
- Medicinal: The plant is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat a range of ailments including diarrhea, dysentery, respiratory infections, and digestive disorders.
- Religious: The plant is considered sacred in Hinduism and its leaves, fruits, and flowers are used in various religious rituals and offerings.
- Cosmetics: The plant is used in cosmetic products due to its astringent properties which can help in reducing acne and skin blemishes.
- Food: The fruit pulp of the plant is edible and is used to make jams, jellies, and sherbets.
- Timber: The wood of the Maha Vilvam tree is used for making furniture and as a source of fuel.
- Ornamental: The Maha Vilvam tree is sometimes planted for its ornamental value due to its attractive foliage and fruits.
- Pesticide: The extract of Maha Vilvam plant is used as a natural pesticide and insect repellent.
Planting and care
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Well-drained soil
Temperature: 20 to 32 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
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