The black plum is sacred to Lord Ganesha. The leaves and fruits are offered to the deity during pujas. The tree is also sacred to Lord Shiva. The main deity at the ancient Shiva temple at Tiruvanaikkaval, Tamil Nadu, is Lord Jambukeshwarar. The deity is installed under an ancient Jambu tree.
The thirteenth Jain Tirthankara, Bhagwan Vimalnath Ji attained enlightenment under this tree.