The name Bilvam comes from Baelpatra or Bilva-patra in Sanskrit. It holds tremendous cultural, spiritual, and therapeutic value.
The three-leaf bael patra symbolizes the Trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. According to Skanda Purana, the plant bael patra grew with the sweat droplets of Goddess Parvati and so is considered very auspicious and sacred. Baelpatra is offered to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped for good health, to please him. This offering to Shiva signifies the surrender of all three aspects of one’s nature—tamas, rajas and sattva. Shiva is also called Vaidyanaath, and that's where Ayurveda comes from. According to the scriptures, Goddess Lakshmi also resides in Bilvam. The combination of Lakshmi and Parvati (overall wealth and wellbeing) is what Bilvam Jaganmaata Herbals focuses on.
From a therapeutic perspective, every part of the Bael tree has tremendous medicinal value. According to Ayurveda there are three doshas- Vatta, Pitta and Kapha and the consumption of bael patra helps in balancing all the three doshas. Bael fruit contains antioxidants and has laxative properties that help cure stomach-related diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting and it also makes the digestive system stronger. Consumption of bel patra helps control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, and cholesterol.
Sudha has always been very close to nature. Her love and curiosity drew her towards Ayurveda which she believes is not just medicine, but a way of living in harmony with nature. Since she was 13, Sudha has witnessed, learned, and experienced the power of Ayurveda for decades now.
However, what really pushed Sudha to embark on the Bilvam journey was a rather unfortunate event. In early 2018, many 150 to 200-year-old trees in Sudha’s vicinity were felled for the expansion of roads. Appalled by the ruthless cutting of trees, Sudha and her friends started discussing ways in which they can help. She even considered hiring a lawyer to fight a case against the corporation for the cutting of trees.
That’s when her Guruji, Shri Dandapani Sastri Gaaru, gave her direction. He suggested Sudha use her energy in a productive way rather than in a fight that would end in frustration and produce no results. He enlightened her to make use of her intense knowledge and expertise in the field of Ayurveda. When many, ideally all of us, use tree-based products, we are not only improving our health but also lending a hand to save our trees and the environment.
Bilvam Herbals started in Sudha’s backyard where she grew Tulasi leaves, plucked them, and made 100% natural Tulasi powder for her friends and family. With their immense support and trust, Sudha knew it’s only going to get bigger and better.
Within a few months, Sudha expanded her product range from Tulsi Powder and Bael Leaf Powder, Bhumyamalaki Blends and more. With a machine gifted by her Guruji she made great quality, homemade sesame and groundnut oil. And right now about 20+ products are ready.
Founder and Mentor
Shri Dandapani Sastri Gaaru
Guruji, Shri Dandapani Sastri Gaaru, resides in Vayyavur Village, Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. He believes in and practices Karma yoga principles i.e., whatever we sow we reap. He promotes a Dharmic way of living in harmony with Mother Nature and love and kindness for animals. Guruji has immense knowledge on various plants, trees and their medicinal values and loves to teach that to His followers. He stresses on protecting and preserving the sacredness and sanctity of the Panchbutas, that is, the five elements of Mother Nature- Land, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether.
Dr. Dhanwantarikumar Jha
M.B.B.S., B.A.M.S., M.D
Dr. Dhanwantari is a Modern Medicine M.B.B.S. and an Ayurveda B.A.M.S. Doctor with a Post Graduate Degree in Ayurveda Kayachikitsa MD (Ayu). He hails from a family of Ayurveda Physicians and thus has a huge inherited knowledge of Ayurveda. Along with his Wife Dr. Nidhi Jha (M.D.Panchakarma), he has received a “National Health Award” in 2017 from the National Nutrition and Health Sciences Association, New Delhi for his dedication and work towards Ayurveda. The couple has been seeing patients at Ayurved Sankul Anand and guiding them towards a healthy life.