Hindu pujas are never complete without the offerings of fresh flowers and fruits, and prasad made for Gods and Godesses. Amongst the marigold, rose, and white lilies what also finds a place of pride is a Bilva leaf or Bel Patra. But the leaf isnt just one accompaniment to the flowers. Offering of bel patta has a much deeper significance in Hindu puja rituals, as per Puranas and Vedas. Bel patra is a leaf of Bel / bilva tree(Aegle marmelos). It is widely used in worship of Hindu dieties, especially Shiva. Replete with several medicinal properties
As such Lord Shiva the pagan Lord, was very fond of Bilva leaves. It is said that the one who offers a trifoliate bel patra to the Shivlinga with devotion, Lord Shiva blesses him/her with whatever he/she desires. Also when people offer the leaves to the God, they also take a part of it back with them, they do so because the leaf is said to be able to absorb Shivas energy. Hence the leaf becomes medium to go a step closer to Lord Shiva.