During ancient times there lived a hunter named Sundarsen in the province of Arbuda. One day, he went deep into the forest in search of his prey but unfortunately he found none. He wandered
all over the place but in vain. When evening came, he climbed up a wood apple (Bael) tree to protect himself from the wild animals. Sundarsen was worried that his family would have nothing to eat that night. Engrossed in his contemplative mood, he kept on plucking leaves from the ‘Bael’ tree and throwing them down. There was a Shivalinga just under the tree and the leaves, which Sundarsen threw, fell down on it.
Next morning while Sundarsen was climbing down the tree, his arrow fell down. While picking up his arrow, he touched the Shivalinga. Sundarsen was unaware of the fact that it was Shivaratri night and he had worshiped Lord Shiva with appropriate rituals albeit inadvertently-he had offered Bilva patra to Lord Shiva and had touched the Shivalinga. He attained to Shiva loka on account of the virtues attained by his inadvertent worship of Lord Shiva.