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Satyanarayan Puja

About Satyanarayan Puja :

Satyanarayana Puja, or Satyanarayan Pooja, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is the preserver of the Universe in Hindu religion. Satyanarayana is a highly compassionate form of Lord Vishnu. Performing Satyanarayana puja is believed to usher in prosperity.

The Satyanarayana Vrata is a Hindu religious observance. It is a ritual performed by devotees on any major occasion like marriage, house warming ceremony etc. It can also be performed on any day for any reason. It finds first mention in Skand Purana. The Satyanarayana Puja is unique in that it does not require a Brahmin to perform.It is believed the ceremony originated in Bengal as Satya Pir ritual performed by all communities (Hindu, Muslim and buddhists) and later in 1800s morphed into Satyanarayan puja.

This puja can be performed any time but it most powerful when conducted on the day or evening of the full moon. It is typically performed by families to preserve and enhance family harmony and to bring success and enjoyment to all. The performance is simple and fun and all family members take part.

Basically, Satyanarayan Pooja is saying thanks to the Lord and also asking him to sustain the achievements.

Satyanarayana Puja begins with prayer to Lord Ganesha. Special prayers are also offered to Navagrahas. The rest of the puja is dedicated to Lord Satyanarayana which involves normal puja procedures and the chanting of the various names of Vishnu. Varieties of food are offered as ‘Prasad.’

The puja also involves listening to the origin of Satyanarayana puja, which is read by the priest or an elderly person. It is heard by the family members and those who are partaking in the puja. The story also explains the benefits of performing the puja.

Satyanarayan Puja Vidhi :

1. Light the Diya (lamp).

2. Recite 'Om' 3 times.

3. Recite the Gayatri Mantra (3 times)Om bhur bhuvah swah Tat savitur varenyamBhargo devasya dheemahiDhiyo yo nah prachodayat (O God, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive thy supreme, sin-destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.")

4.Recite Ganeshji’s PrayerSri Vakratunda MahakaayaKoti-soorya samaprabhaNirvighnam kuru me DevaSarva-karyeshu Sarvadaa (O, Lord Ganesha of the curved trunk and massive body, the one whose splendor is equal to millions of Suns, please bless me to that I do not face any obstacles in my endeavors)

5.Offer akshat (colored rice), pushpa (flowers) and kumkum (vermilion) to lord Ganesha, repeating the above shloka once more.

6. SankalpamTake a drop of water and some rice in your right hand and, if you are a Hindu, say your Gotra(A term applied to a clan, a group of families, or a lineage), say your Name, your Family member's names and mentally speak the reason to do this Puja and pray to God, with sincerity and devotion, to fulfill this desire.

7. Prayer to Lord Satyanarayan Meditate on the Lord and mentally invite Him to your Puja. Pray to Lord to bless you by His Divine Presence and Grace. Offer Him pushpa (loose flowers) and akshat (colored rice) as you recite the SatyaNarayan Shloka.SatyaNarayan Shloka:SatyaNarayanam DevamVandeham Kaamadam PrabhumLeelayaa Vitatam VishwamYena Tasmai Namo Namaha (Lord Sri SatyaNarayana , we pray to you to fulfill our desires. The one who protects this world by His different incarnations and His Divine play, We pray to such Lord.)

8. Repeat the SatyaNarayan Shloka again as you mentally offer the Lord a seat.

9. Offer the Lord a spoon of water, and charnamrit as you recite the SatyaNarayan Shloka again. If you don't have an image of Lord SatyaNarayan on which to offer water and charnamrit, you can instead use a flower to sprinkle water and charnamrit on the photo of Lord.

10. Offer the Lord a piece of new cloth, either silk or cotton as you recite the SatyaNarayan Shloka. This should then be donated to someone present or to the poor. If you are unable to buy new cloth, you can offer akshat (colored rice) instead.

11. Offer the Lord Kumkum (vermillion) as you recite the SatyaNarayan Shloka.

12. Offer the Lord Pushpa (loose flowers) as you recite the SatyaNarayan Shloka.

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Satyanarayan Puja Samagri :

  • Chaurang
  • Shankha - Conch
  • Ghanta – Bell
  • Balkrishna/Shaligram Murti (
  • Ganesh & Lakshmi Murti/Coin
  • Kul-Devata (Family Deity) Murti (Silver/Brass) or photo.
  • Satyanarayan Photo if available
  • Decorative cloth on the Chaurang
  • Vastra
  • Banana Leaves about 1½'-2' long
  • Household Aluminum Foils
  • Samai
  • Red Yellow, Green, Rangoli Colors
  • Seating Mattresses
  • Match Box
  • Thread/Cello Tape for tying banana leaves to the legs of Chaurang
  • Scissor
  • Paper Napkins
  • Kalash/Loti
  • Tamhan/Purnapatra
  • Panchpatra/Bhande
  • Ganga Jal
  • Niranjan
  • Silver/Stainless Steel Plates with 9”-12”
  • Water Jar
  • Utensil/Bowl for keeping used water.
  • 5 types of Fruits 5
  • Quarter Coins
  • Cotton Balls
  • Janve Jod/Janeu
  • Red Holy Thread (Moli)
  • Akshata
  • Halad
  • Kumkum
  • Sandalwood Powder or Tablets
  • Ashtagandha