Shakambari Jayanthi is dedicated to Goddess Shakambari Mata who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Shakambari Jayanti 2014 date is January 16. She is believed to be the Goddess of Vegetables, Fruits and Green leaves. Shakambari Jayanti concludes the nine-day Shakambari Navratri festival observed in many regions in
In the Devi Mahatmya it is mentioned that Goddess Durga appeared as Shakambari Mata after a period of hundred years of drought. All the plants had died and there was nothing to eat. Shakambari Mata brought forth from her body fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs to suffice the hunger of the people.
Some of the important temples dedicated to Goddess Shakambhari are located in Karnataka,
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. In Karnataka, she is known as Goddess Banashankari. The story of Shakambari Devi is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya.