Betel Leaves(Thamboolam)

Betel Leaves(Thamboolam)
Benefits of Betel leaves

Hare Srinivasa

I recently attended a function where I was offered Betel leaves, I happily chewed and thanked them, but there was one person who told me it is a Sin chewing betel leaf and it would affect ones health. I strongly objected his statement and proved how it increases one’s life time. I reminded him the tradition of giving Thamboola procedure in santhana dharma, and I decided this must come in our website as article for all others to know the great Rahasya behind chewing the same.

It is good for health is fine but what is the secret in having that? What it actually does that inside? Read the entire article below and you will know why it was given importance in Hinduism. 


Betel Leaves/Viladhale(Kannada)/Vetrilai(Tamil): 

Chewing Betel leaves these days have become a Sin as per the society.  Dental Doctors especially will say a big ‘NO’ if we say we chew betel leaves, they say it is a big risk to ones throat/health and will affect Tooth root canal etc.

All stories may be in favor of them, but in fact it gives 100 years to ones health if he/she chew betel leaves at least once in a day. 

Medicinal benefits of Betel leaf:

  • Improves Digestion,
  • Rich source of Vitamin C,  (but sorry we will only consume tablets than going for natural option due to advanced science and research??)
  • Keeps away from Cancer,
  • Cleanses blood naturally, 
  • Cure from all kinds of skin diseases
  • Removes bad Cholesterol 
  • Removes all kind of infection from cells and energize them

Sri Purandaradasaru about Betel Leaf:

Postal Stamp to give credits to service of Sri Purandaradasaru to Carnatic music

Sri Purandara Dasaru (1480-1564) who is hailed as Daasa Sreshtam Dayanidim is no exception and in all his Keertanas, Suladis and Uga bhogas he has highlighted several aspects of Sri Madhva philosophy.Sri Purandara Dasaru has composed nearly 4,75,000 songs. Sri Vyasarayaru,his teacher himself has called his verses as “Purandaropanishat”.

In one of the songs Sri Purandara Dasa mentions that by offering 4 or 5 pcs of Betel leaf to others as Dhana gives vaikunta phala with the blessings of Vittala, 

“chandadindali Nalku Aidele tandhu Kottare thande Purandara Vittala Vaikunta padaviya veeva”

How chewing betel leaf gives Vaikunta phala? Is it a joke? lets continue to read the below, 

Secret of having Betel leaf:

Apart from all other medicinal benefits I have listed above for Betel leaf, the important spiritual/medical benefit is “it cleanses cold/unwanted germs from ones health ” especially in Nasal & respiratory tract. Clears the passage from moola dhara to sahasra chakra. Wow! 

For attaining the stage of Self realization the important rule is ones human body should be hygenic/clean from all diseases, importantly the cold which covers one from even thinking of God, God vision is possible only when all chakras are activated.

If one cleanse his body having satvik food and also keep fit and always focus the feet of lord, his Mind starts to focus on positive things. Betel leaf cleans cold which blocks all the passage of door of antharatma dharshan.

Hinduism, if it has a practice defined is not a joke? Neither those who practiced and attained divine are fools! Ancestors followed for thousand of years and there must be hidden reason for every activity they told us to follow. We may not know the actual reason but dont say so called Science dont support.

Siddha Purushas refer it as kaya kalpam!

Since we fail to understand the hidden benefits we start to tease/we start to ignore our custom practices, and ignoring Betel leaf has become the latest trend now.

The latest trend is buying Plastic Betel leaf look like, I request Do not buy china made plastic betel leaf. Make it as a habit of planting a Betel leaf in Pot at your home , and offer it to Lord daily, and have it with the smarane of Lord. All saints actually wanted to convey the same, but we failed to follow their path,

Note: You should not add supari powders like Pan masala etc, adding Pan masala will obviously invite cancer to our health, rather you should buy Raw Betel Nut and make it as  fine powder. You can mix brown sugar if required, and keep it in a air tight box. You can also mix Raw Honey as well while taking it as tamboola. Give it to Children as well if they suffer from Cough/cold/body pain.

There are many such practices we do follow without knowing any reason, but dont worry I would be happy to bring all such secrets here to all our readers with blessings of Guru Vyasaraja, 


Venkatesh Rajendran

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