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 2017, Shami Puja date is September 30.

Shami puja is known as Jammi Puja in Telangana & 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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12 Comments

  1. PR says:

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

  2. sa khandare says:

    where i can get/purchase shami tree in Nasik District

  3. Prabodhan says:

    how we can do pooja of shami plant

  4. Udipti says:

    what is the meaning of of sami tree

  5. Sanat says:

    what is the meaning of jammi tree in telugu

  6. Kamini says:

    what is the importance of shami tree in hindi

  7. Vinahast says:

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

  8. Maina says:

    Why to give sami or jammi on dussera

  9. srinath says:

    shall i know which day is prefer for banni trees

  10. Srinath Shetty says:

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

  11. sreenivas says:

    I Need address for banni tree(Jammi chettu) in Marathahalli bangalore.

    or is this available in any near by places?

  12. manjula .g.k says:

    who can do banni puja & which day ? what are the benefits ?

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