From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

samidh (‘that which burns brightly’)

Offering fuel-sticks, generally called samidh, into a duly consecrated fire is a part and parcel of many a Hindu rite.

Some of the trees from which these sticks could be procured are: aśvattha, (Ficus religiosa), bilva (Aegle marmelos), candana (sandal-wood), devadāru (pine), khadira (Acacia catechu), nyagrodha (Indian fig-tree) and palāśa (Butea frondosa).

Fuel-sticks of certain trees like bibhī-taka (Terminalia bellerica), kapittha (wood-apple tree) and nimba (neem-tree) should not be used.

The sticks should not be thicker than the thumb, must have the bark on them and should not be worm-eaten. The size is prādeśa (one span). There should be no branches.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore