I have planted a Bilva (Bel) plant in my lawn whose leaves I use for Shiva pooja. Some of the priests said that Bel plant should not be planted in the house. Instead, it should be migrated to a temple.

Is it true?


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In Hinduism the Bilva tree is sacred.

It can be planted anywhere. Bilva leaves and fruits have very high medicinal value especially to cure stomach related problems. However, while planting Bilva tree it may be kept in mind that there is danger from falling fruits which are very hard and heavy and can cause injury.

Source: this link, which has a detailed explanation.

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    Yahoo Answers is not an acceptable reference on this site. Oct 3, 2014 at 1:21
  • Thank you very much for your answer. Can you support your answer with a reference to any Purana?
    – user12458
    Oct 3, 2014 at 3:43
  • @KeshavSrinivasan The most upvoted answer (appearing on the top) which is given in the link is well researched, well explained with proper references. It could be copied and pasted here; stack exchange does not check plagiarism; but giving the link means paying respect to the original author who took the pain to explain. Do we have a constraint of source (like: yahoo or quora links cannot be posted) or do we consider/appreciate the quality of answer from any source (with references)? If we have the constraint we may discuss in meta.
    – arin1405
    Oct 3, 2014 at 3:48
  • @JavaTechnical things are explained in Kurma Purana, Vayu Purana and Shiva Purana. I will check if text is available online to reference. Also I edited to add one thing in my answer.
    – arin1405
    Oct 3, 2014 at 3:54
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    @JavaTechnical Shiva Purana mentions how the usage of Bilva, with its scientific and medical properties, is of great advantage. The 22nd Chapter narrates, "The trifoliate Bilva Patra is so sacred to Lord Shiva & is therefore a symbol of the Lord. Adored by all the Gods, its importance is difficult for anyone to comprehend. The sacred tree can only be known to a limited extent. Sacred sites of this Earth can only find their place at the root of this tree. Those who meditate upon Lord Mahadeva in form of His linga at the root of Bilva obtain Moksha & get purified souls by attaining Shiva".
    – arin1405
    Oct 3, 2014 at 4:02

Bilva tree is not normal tree. There are many Bilva trees in many jungles of India. There is no restriction that Bilva tree can not be planted at home. In hinduism, each home is a symbol of Shivalaya. Each father is a symbol of Shiva, Every mother is considered as pious and pure and respected as mother Parvati.

Blva tree is having pure effects. Many people just go to temple and put Bilva leaf on Shivalinga and just go out of temple. It is not true ritual.

True ritual

is touch Bilva leaf to ShivaLingam , chant "Bilvashatak verses"

Tridalam Trigunakaam, Trinetram cha triyayudham,
Trijanma pap samharama Ek bilvam shivarpanam

You can chant whole Bilvashatak or can chant only this verse. Now take that Bilva leaf and put it on head, touch it on eyes and take it with you for the day. Put it in your pocket of shirt and take it with you.

This single leaf will make your whole day "Peacefull and energatic", this is true ritual. This leaf has that power.

No Restrictions in Hindu Scriptures

Bilva tree is a tree so it can plant itself like any other tree anywhere. Wind can transfer this tree's seed to somewhere and it can grow anywhere by itself. No need to fear to have it in home garden.

No Hindu scriptures states any restriction in Bilva tree. Priests may have told you because they have fear that this tree's energy is more. But you can have confidence in your self, and can ignore them.

It is in your garden , so it will not be publicly available, if it would be in temple then more people can use it, so priests may have some good intention. After all they are priests so they must have some good intention. But personally I will tell you not to fear.


In any Purana nobody mentioned about where to grow trees. Growing Bilva Vriksha or nagavalli vrikasha, arjuna vriksha like many sacred trees is very good source of positive energy. Without any doubt in mind you just let it grow in your house. But remember they should not be in your north east side of your home.


Bilva gtree is the tree of Lakshmi. It is stated in Sri Sukta: "Aditya varne tapasodi jaatho vanaspathihi tha vriksho the bilvaha; Thasya phalani thapasanuthanthu mayaantha rayaantha bhagya lakshmihi"

This is why it is so beloved to Shankara, because the bilva tree emenated from the tapas of Maha Lakshmi. It is indeed a very auspicious tree to have in the home and will banish all signs of poverty.

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    It's not bhagya laksmihi but " AdityavarNe tapaso.adhijAto vanaspatistava vR^ikSo.atha bilvaH | tasya phalAni tapasAnudantumAyAntarAyAshcha bAhyA alakSmIH || आदित्यवर्णे तपसोऽधिजातो वनस्पतिस्तव वृक्षोऽथ बिल्वः । तस्य फलानि तपसानुदन्तु मायान्तरायाश्च बाह्या अलक्ष्मीः ॥ Oct 10, 2016 at 13:19

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