Hindu Mythology: Why Lord Shiva is offered Dhatura fruit?

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Why lord shiva is offered dhatura fruit wonder a lot of people. Most of you would not know as to why Lord Shiva is offered Dhatura? Plants hold a great significance according to Hindu Mythology. It is said that there is no plant or leaf in this world that doesn’t have any medicinal or religious benefit. If it is said that it doesn’t have any, it simply means we have not yet discovered it. Dhatura plant is one that has many properties and uses.why lord shiva is offered datura plant

Any sacred practice cannot be completed without involving nature into it. That is one of the reasons why we offer flowers and other parts of plants to different Gods and Goddesses.

why lord shiva is offered dhatura fruit

Since Lord Shiva is the destroyer, the kinds of fruits that he is offered are much different than what we offer to other Gods and Goddesses. One of such fruits/plants that are offered to Shiva is Datura; which is also known by names like Dhatura, Devil’s trumpets, thorn-apple, hell’s bells, moonflower, jimson weed, devils weed, and many more.  So, coming back to as to why Lord Shiva is offered Dhatura, while the Samudra Manthan (the churning of the ocean) was taking place, Halahal poison came out of it. Everyone got scared as it was so poisonous that even if a drop of it fell anywhere, the thing or place could get completely destroyed. It had the power to even destroy the world. On everyone’s request, Shiva drank the Halahala poison but held it in his throat. However, due to its impact, dhatura flower is said to have come out of his chest. It is therefore considered to abate the effect of poison, possessing some poisonous qualities itself. By offering the Datura plant to Lord Shiva, we pray him to remove the toxins like jealousy and envy from our body and soul.datura plant

Why lord shiva is offered dhatura fruit

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Medicinal values or benefits of Dhatura

It has a great medicinal value and can be used to cure various physical and psychological issues, like pain or inflammation, for quick healing of wounds, and to cure fever, but in these illnesses, it is only to be used externally. Its seeds and leaves can be consumed to cure various throat-related or respiratory diseases. It is also used to treat various psychological issues. Its usage is also helpful to fight various fears.

The Datura plants are planted with new seeds every year because their root is susceptible to fungi and other plant borne diseases, therefore it needs great care. It is widely used in ‘Shraavana Mas’, the fourth month according to the Hindu calendar.

Do remember that the flowers, leaves, fruit and seeds of the Datura plant when consumed even in less quantity can cause hallucination or even madness, if overdosed it can even lead to death.

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