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Legend of Shami Puja : Ganesha Purana

Shami Puja is one of the most important rituals during Navaratri and especially on the day of Mahanavami and Vijayadashami. The ritual involves the worshipping of Shami Tree by the devotees across the country. There is an interesting legend behind the worshipping of Shami Tree which dates back to the story of Shami.

Legend of Shami Tree: Ganesha Purana

According to puranas, Shami was the daughter of Sage Aurva. She was married to one Mandar who was the son of Sage Dhaumya. Then there was a devotee of Lord Ganesh called Sage Bhrushundi. He used to have the symbol of the trunk on his forehead as a mark of devotion to Lord Ganesha. Once when the newly wed Shami and Mandar happened to see the Sage Bhrushundi and his trunk mark on the forehead, they mocked his appearance out of ignorance and started making fun of him. This enraged the great Sage Bhrushundi and he cursed both of them to become trees.

On seeing the plight of their children, Sage Aurva and Dhaumya approached Lord Ganesh and asked him to rescue their children. However Ganesh was in a fix now as he did not want to displease his devotee but at the same time he wanted to help these children. Hence he gave a boon saying that Mandar Tree would be used to worship Lord Shiva and Shami Tree would be used for sacrificial purposes in yagnas and would be worshipped on the day of Vijayadashami. From that day onwards, people worship the Shami Tree during Navratri.

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One Response to "Legend of Shami Puja : Ganesha Purana"

  1. Anonymous says:

    bhrushundi devotee of lord ganesha

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