Hail the Banni Tree
( acacia ferruginea (?))
At Kanuganahalli village, Mysore district and in our Ex Minister’s paddy fields there are five of these Banni trees. The minister is proud to have them in their fields and pointing to those trees (in aproximate direction, for he is now blind) says "they are five -pancha padavas and have grown on its own".
During the Vijaya dashami festival, following a age old tradition, people exchange the Banni leaves or branches with each other saying "Lets exchange Banni for gold" or "Lets exchange gold for Banni"
(In some place in North Karnataka , people used to exchange gobbali tree branches/leaves as they could not find Banni branches)
In Mysore , soldiers used to perform banni pooja seeking victory before going into war.
During the Vijayadashami festival, the Maharaja's elephant procession ends in a place called Banni Mantap where the King used to perform banni tree pooja and could take a banni branch back to his palace.
In our epic Mahabharata, it is believed that the Pandavas hid their weapons during their one year of concealed exile under this banni tree and reclaimed it back once they were free from their exile.
Hail the Banni Tree, a symbol of prosperity and peace!
Happy Dasara/Dussehra / Vijayadashami
Raghu & Sunita
Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise pl.
(Acacia ferruginea (?)) " from Raghu ji.
I could not reconcile to the statement:Thanks Satish Ji, both are same; Prosopis cineraria is the accepted name and P. cineraria is synonym.
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