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 2014, Shami Puja date is October 3.

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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11 Comments

  1. did sri rama start banni poojA

    By Brahma at October 3, 2014 at 9:18 am
  2. shall i know which days prefer for banni trees pooja for starting

    By Srinath Shetty at July 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  3. shall i know which day is prefer for banni trees

    By srinath at July 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm
  4. Why to give sami or jammi on dussera

    By Maina at September 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm
  5. distance of shami tree from house to do pooja in hindi language

    By Vinahast at July 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm
  6. what is the importance of shami tree in hindi

    By Kamini at July 29, 2013 at 11:32 am
  7. what is the meaning of jammi tree in telugu

    By Sanat at July 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  8. what is the meaning of of sami tree

    By Udipti at July 28, 2013 at 10:52 am
  9. how we can do pooja of shami plant

    By Prabodhan at July 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm
  10. where i can get/purchase shami tree in Nasik District

    By sa khandare at October 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  11. Is Banni Tree available in California and in US? If yes, can you please tell me the location???

    By PR at December 23, 2010 at 6:37 am