Shami Puja, Banni Puja, Jammi Pooja: Worship to Shami Tree

Shami Puja, also known as Banni Puja or Jammi Pooja, is a ritual observed on Vijaya Dashami (Dasara / Dussehra) in all places of India. In 2016, Shami Puja date is October 11.

Shami puja is known as Jammi Puja in Andhra Pradesh and Banni Puja in Karnataka. There is a popular legend in Mahabharata that explains the significance of Shami Puja.

After getting cheated by the Kauravas, Pandavas had to go for exile. For that they need to hide their weapons at secure place. They opted a Shami tree for that and hid the weapons on the tree. When they came back from exile, the weapons were safe on Shami tree.

To express their gratitude, they performed a puja to Shami tree (Prosopis spicigera) and their weapons. Since then, it has become a custom to perform Shami Puja and Ayudha Puja on Vijaya Dashami.

There is a tradition of exchanging Shami tree leaves on Dasara in Maharashtra, and Marathi influenced places of Andhra Pradesh (Telangana) and Karnataka (Bidar and Gulberga).

Shami tree is worshipped with a stotram on Dasara day to get ‘Vijay’ (success) in all fields of life. Devotees also write Shami puja stotram in a paper and stick it to Shami tree requesting to grant boon to get success in their life.

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  1. Srinath Shetty says:

    shall i know which days prefer for banni trees pooja for starting

  2. srinath says:

    shall i know which day is prefer for banni trees

  3. Maina says:

    Why to give sami or jammi on dussera

  4. Vinahast says:

    distance of shami tree from house to do pooja in hindi language

  5. Kamini says:

    what is the importance of shami tree in hindi

  6. Sanat says:

    what is the meaning of jammi tree in telugu

  7. Udipti says:

    what is the meaning of of sami tree

  8. Prabodhan says:

    how we can do pooja of shami plant

  9. sa khandare says:

    where i can get/purchase shami tree in Nasik District

  10. PR says:

    Is Banni Tree available in California and in US? If yes, can you please tell me the location???