Shammi Plant or Prosopis Cineraria, is a auspicious plant and believed to bring prosperity, peace and good fortune. According to the scriptures, Shammi plant has special significance as mentioned in vastu shastra and astrology. It removes vastu issues in your home. This prevents negative energy from entering the house. According to Hindu beliefs, planting Shami plant also removes obstacles in marriage. It is consider good to plant this auspicious plant in a pot near the main door in a clean place, where there is no drain and garbage. Shami plant can survive extreme drought.
Shammi plant also known as ghaf, is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is native to arid portions of Western Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, India, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The Ghaf is the national tree of the United Arab Emirates and also the state tree of Rajasthan where it is familiar as Khejri. The tree has different names across the western and northern regions of India, e.g. Shami in Maharastra & Uttar Pradesh, Jammi in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh, Khijro in Gujarat, Janti in Haryana, and Jand in the Punjab. A large and well-known example of the species is the Tree of Life in Bahrain – approximately 400 years old and growing in a desert devoid of any obvious sources of water.
The Shami tree has a special place in Hinduism, it has been describe in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas spent their thirteenth year of exile in disguise in the kingdom of Virata. Before going to Virata, they hung their celestial weapons in this tree for safekeeping for a year. When they returned after a year, they found their weapons safe in the branches of the Shami tree. Before taking the weapons, they worshipped the tree and thanked it for keeping their weapons safe. In the Ramayana, before declaring war on Lanka, Lord Rama prayed in the presence of a Shami tree.
This tree is also worship as part of Dusshera festival. Shami leaves are use in the worship of Lord Ganpati and Goddess Durga. This tree takes importance during the tenth day of the Dasara Festival, when it is celebrated in various parts of India. Historically, among the Rajputs, the ranas – who were the high priest and the king – used to conduct the worship and then to liberate a jay which was the sacred bird of Lord Rama. In the Deccan, as part of the tenth day ritual of Dussahera, the marathas used to shoot arrows onto the crown of the tree and gather the falling leaves into their turbans.
Offering Shami tree leaves and flowers to Lord Shiva and planting it outside the house gives the blessings of Lord Shiva. It should not be use in any room inside the house. The effect of Saturn’s dosha also reduces. This plant gives relief from Shani Dev’s Sadesati and wrath in your horoscope. Make one’s troubles go away because it is said that Shani Dev resides in the Shami plant. It is said that regular light a mustard oil lamp under the Shami plant. Shani Dev blesses and removes all the obstacles in the house by his grace. There is peace and happiness in life. Also, Lakshmi resides in the house and by her grace there is never any shortage of money in the house.
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