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॥ ॐ नमः शवाय॥ !

nama:iSavaaya Om Namah Shivaya

ब वाकम બવાટકમ bilvashtakam

दलं गुणाकारं नें च यायध


ु म्
जमपाप संहारं एक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
િ દલં િ ુણાકારં િ ને ં ચ િ યાુધમ
િ જમપાપ સંહારં એકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
tridalam triguNAkAram trinetram cha triyAyudham
trijanmapApasamhAram ekabilvam shivArpaNam
Three ( ) Having three patals ( दलं) Consisting of three gunas/qualities ( गण
ु ाकारं )
Having three eyes ( ने)ं Three kinds of weapons are mace, trident and the bow,
( यायध
ु म ्) Sins of part three births ( जमपाप) Destroyer (संहारं ) One (एक) Cluster ( ब वं)
Lord Shiva (शवा) Offered to (प"णम ्)
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which has three leaves,
Which causes three qualities,
Which are like the three eyes of Shiva,
Which is like the triad of weapons,
And which destroys sins of three births.
1) I offer Bilva Patra (A Bilva Patra is so called leaf having three small leaves.) to God Shiva. This
Bilva Patra is a form of the three human qualities. Good Virtue (Satva), Passion (Raja quality) and
Irascible (Tama quality). This Bilva Patra is like three eyes, Sun, Moon and Fire. It is like three
weapons. It is destroyer of sins committed in earlier three births. I perform pooja of God Shiva
with such Bilva Patra.

शाखैः ब वपै%च &ि(छ*ै : कोमलैः शभ


ु ःै
शवपज
ू ां क.र/याम &ेक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
િ શાખૈઃ બવપ ૈ$ચ %&'છ)*: કોમલૈઃ ,ુભૈઃ
િશવ. ૂ0ં ક1રયાિમ %ેકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
trishAkhaih bilvapatraischa hyachhidraih komalaih shubhaih
shivapoojAm karishyAmi hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
Three branches ( शाखैः) Bilva leaves ( ब वपै) Pristine, no holes, damage (&ि(छ*ै : )
Tender, delicate (कोमलैः) Auspicious (शभ
ु ःै ) Lord Shiva (शव) Punja, worship (पज
ू ां) I
preform (क.र/याम) This One (&ेक) Cluster ( ब वं) Lord Shiva ( शवा ) Offered to (प"णम ् )
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which has three shoots,
Which do not have holes,
Which are good and pretty,
And worship Lord Shiva.
2) I offer Bilva Patra to God Shiva. This Bilva Patra is very pious, soft and there are no holes on it.
As such it is complete in it self. It is like three branches. I perform pooja of God Shiva with this
Bilva Patra.
अख1ड ब व पाेण पिू जते निदके%वरे
श4
ु 5यित सव"पापे6यो &ेक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
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,ુ89ય&ત સવપાપે:યો %ેકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
akhaNDa bilva patreNa poojite nandikeshvare
shuddhyanti sarvapApebhyo hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
Whole, unbroken (अख1ड) Bilva ( ब व) Leaf (पाेण) If worshipped (पिू जते) Lord of Nandi –
Shiva (निदके%वरे ) Purified (श4
ु 5यित ) From all sins (सव"पापे6यो) (This One (&ेक) Cluster
( ब वं) Lord Shiva (शवा) Offered to (प"णम ् )
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For if an uncut leaf is offered,
To his steed the god Nandi,
We get cleaned of all our sins.
3) I offer Bilva Patra to God Shiva. After performing pooja of Nandikeshwar (God Shiva) by
offering complete Bilva Patra (as described in 2 above) to him, we become free from our sins.

शाल7ाम शलामेकां 8व9ाणां जातु चाप"येत ्


सोमय: महाप1
ु यं &ेक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
શાલ;ામ િશલામેકા ં િવ<ાણા ં 0= ુ ચાપયેત
સોમય> મહા.ુ3યં %ેકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
shAliagrAma shilAmekAm viprANAm jAtu chArpayet
somayajna mahApuNyam hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
Saligrama stone (शाल7ाम ) stone (शला ) a brahmin equipped with the knowledge of Self
(8व9ाणां ) At any time-ever (जात)ु If one gives (चाप"येत ्) Aquires (सोमय:) Great blessing
(This One (&ेक) Cluster ( ब वं ) Lord Shiva ( शवा ) Offered to ( प"णम ् )
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to, offering a saligrama to a Brahmin,
Or the great blessing got out of performing Soma Yaga,
4) i) Soma Yadnya (Sacrifices and such like things) is performed to receive blessings from God,
to accomplish good things in our life and to destroy our sins. ii) People who perform religious
duties even for others offer Shaligram (God in the form of a very pious Stone) to God Shiva.
These (i) and (ii) are very pious and good things however to offer Bilva Patra to God Shiva is
much more pious thing of all. Hence I offer Bilva Patra to God Shiva.

दितको;ट सह=ा>ण वाजपेय शता?न च


को;ट कया महादानं एक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
દ&તકો1ટ સહ?ાણ વાજપેય શતાિન ચ
કો1ટ કયા મહાદાનં એકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
dantikoTi sahasrANi vAjapeye shatAni cha
koTikanyA mahAdAnaM hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
Elephant (दित) Tens of millions(of elephants) (को;ट सह=ा>ण) Vajapeya-kind of fire
sacrifice (वाजपेय) Huge number (शता?न) Also (च) Tens of millions maidens-un-married
girls (को;ट कया) Great (महा) Giginv-presenting (दानं) One ( एक ) Cluster ( ब वं ) Lord
Shiva ( शवा ) Offered to ( प"णम ् )
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to gifting thousand elephants,
Or the performing of hundred fire sacrifices,
Or giving away billions of girls.
5) i) Long time back Kings and rich people in India were donating elephants. ii) Ashwamedha
Yadnya (Sacrifices and such like things) were performed. iii) At time of marriage, father of bride is
donating his daughter to bridegroom, and this is considered as a very pious thing performed by
him. Above i), ii) and iii) are no doubt very pious things performed however offering Bilva Patra to
God Shiva is much more pious thing than all. Hence I offer Bilva Patra to God Shiva.
ल@Aया Bतनत
ु उDपनं महादे वBय च 89यम ्
ब ववF
ृ ं 9य(छाम &ेक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
લ@Aયા BતCુત ઉEપFં મહાદ7 વBય ચ િ<યમ
બવG ૃIં <ય'છાિમ %ેકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
lakshmyAstanuta utpannam mahAdevasya cha priyam
bilvavruksham prayachchhAmi hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
From the body of Godess Lakshmi (ल@Aया Bतनत
ु ) Born-originated (उDपनं) Dear to
Mahadeva-name of Shiva (महादे वBय) Also (च) Very dear to (89यम ्) Bilva tree ( ब ववF
ृ )ं I
offer 9य(छाम) This One (&ेक) Cluster ( ब वं) Lord Shiva (शवा) Offered to (प"णम ्)
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to giving a tree of Bilwa,
Which was born from the breast of Lakshmi,
And which is very dear to the Lord Shiva.
6) Bilva Tree is created By Godess Laxmi who is wife of God Vishnu. God Shiva Likes Bilva Tree
(Bilva Patra) very much. I perform pooja of God Shiva with Bilva Patra.

दश"नं ब ववF
ृ Bय Bपश"नं पापनाशनम ्
अघोरपापसंहारं &ेक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
દશનં બવG ૃIBય Bપશનં પાપનાશનમ
અઘોરપાપસંહારં એકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
darshanam bilvavrukshasya sparshanam pApanAshanam
aghorapApasamhAram hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
Seeing (दश"नं ) Bilva tree ( ब ववF
ृ Bय ) Touching (Bपश"नं ) Sin(पाप) Destroyer – <of sins>
(नाशनम ्) Most horrible (अघोर) Destroys sins(पापसंहारं ) This One (&ेक) Cluster ( ब वं )
Lord Shiva ( शवा ) Offered to ( प"णम ् )
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
As seeing and touching of a tree of Bilwa,
Washes away ones sins and also very great sins.
7) When we see Bilva Tree and touch it, it simply destroys our sins. Even our very bad and
biggest sins are removed and we become free from our sins. Hence I perform pooja of God Shiva
with Bilva Patra.
मल
ू तो IJKपाय म5यतो 8व/णK
ु 8पणे
अ7तः शवKपाय &ेक ब वं शवाप"णम ् ॥
K ૂલતો LMNપાય મ9યતો િવOુNિપણે
અ;તઃ િશવNપાય %ેકબવં િશવાપણમ ॥
moolato brahmaroopAya madhyato vishNuroopiNe
agrataH shivaroopAya hyekabilvam shivArpaNam
At the root<base-bottom> (मल
ू तो ) Having a form of Brhama-the creator (IJKपाय) In the
mid position (म5यतो ) Having the form of Vishnu –the sustainer (8व/णK
ु 8पणे) At the
topmost position (अ7तः) Having the form of Shiva – the destroyer (शवKपाय) This One
(&ेक) Cluster ( ब वं ) Lord Shiva ( शवा ) Offered to ( प"णम ् )
I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
As Brahma resides at its bottom,
Lord Vishnu lives in its middle,
And Lord Shiva lives in its tip.
8) Lower part of Bilva Patra is God Brahma, Middle part of Bilva Patra is God Vishnu and Upper
part is God Shiva himself hence I perform pooja of God Shiva with Bilva Patra.

ब वाकमदं प1
ु यं यः पठे त ् शवसिनधौ
सव"पाप 8व?नमN
ु" ः शवलोकमवाOनय
ु ात ् ॥
બવાટકિમદં .ુ3યં યઃ પઠ7ત િશવસિFધૌ
સવપાપ િવિનKુRતઃ િશવલોકમવાSCુયાત ॥
bilvAshTakamidam puNyaM yaH paThet shivasannidhau
sarvapApa vinirmuktah shivalokamavApnuyAt
Bilvashtakam Stotram ( ब वाक) This (मदं ) Sacred-auspicious (प1
ु यं) Reads (पठे त ्) In the
presence of, close to Lord Shiva (शवसिनधौ) All (सव") Sins (पाप) Liberated-delivered
(8व?नमN
ु" ः) The world of Lord Shiva <lokam=world, Abode> (शवलोकम) Will reach
(वाOनय
ु ात ्)
Reading this holy octet of Bilwa,
In the presence of Lord Shiva,
Would save one from all sins,
And in the end take him to the world of Shiva.
9) Whosoever recites this Bilvashtakam by sitting in front of God Shiva temple will become free
from all his sins and rest in Shiva Loka along with God Shiva after his death.
Thus here completes Bilvashtakam.

इ?त Qी ब वाकम संपण


ू "
ઇિત Vી બવાટકમ સં. ૂણ
Eti shri Bilvashtakam sanpoorn
Thus ends the BilvaStakam

॥ ॐ नमः शवाय॥ ! nama:iSavaaya Om Namah Shivaya