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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Samidh literally means ‘that which burns brightly’.

Trees Used for Obtaining Samidh[edit]

Offering fuel-sticks, generally called samidh, into a duly consecrated fire is a part and parcel of many rites. Some of the trees from which these sticks could be procured are:

  1. Aśvattha - Ficus religiosa
  2. Bilva - Aegle marmelos
  3. Candana - sandal-wood
  4. Devadāru - pine
  5. Khadira - Acacia catechu
  6. Nyagrodha - Indian fig-tree
  7. Palāśa - Butea frondosa

Fuel-sticks of certain trees like bibhī-taka,[1] kapittha[2] and nimba[3] should not be used. The sticks should not be thicker than the thumb. It must have the bark on them and should not be worm-eaten. The size of the stick is prādeśa.[4] There should be no branches.


  1. Bibhī-taka's scientific name is Terminalia bellerica.
  2. Kapittha means wood-apple tree.
  3. Nimba means neem-tree.
  4. Prādeśa means one span.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore