Satyanarayan Puja Rituals
The Satyanarayan Puja is a religious worship of the Hindu god Vishnu. Satya means “truth” and narayana means, “The highest being” so Satyanarayan means “The highest being who is an embodiment of Truth”. Vrat or Puja means a religious vow, religious observance, or obligation.
Hindus throughout perform Sri Satyanarayan Vrat for the divine blessings of health, wealth, prosperity, opulence, education; relief from troubles and sickness.
It can also be performed because of success in business or career growth; during social functions like marriages, house-warming ceremonies, naming of the children and so on.
The ritual is usually performed on the Full moon day of every month, Ekadashi (11th day after full moon or new moon), solar eclipse day or on Saṅkrānti. It is also performed on special occasions and during times of achievements, as an offering of gratitude to the Lord. These occasions could include marriage, graduation, start of a new job, purchase of a new home, to name a few. In addition, the performance of this most auspicious puja generally confers a child to couples trying to start a family.
Sri Satya Narayana puja is a very popular ritual in most parts of India including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, Assam, and Goa
The Satyanarayan puja can be performed on any day for any reason. It is not a puja confined to any festivities, but Purnima (full moon day) is considered specifically auspicious for this puja. Performing this puja in the evening is considered more appropriate. However, one can perform this puja in the morning as well.
Benefits of Satyanarayan Puja
- Brings abundance. Happiness in life.
- Clears negativity.
- Removes obstacles.
- Releif from negative karma and sins
Satyanarayan Puja Vidhi
- Take a bath to clean and purify the body, mind and
- Prepare a Mandala and keep the image of the deity/idol of Lord Ganesha and Lord Satyanarayan ready
- Perform the Ganesh Mantra jaap and puja
- Perform the Satyanarayan puja vidhi along with aarti and mantra jaap
- Recite all 271 verses of the famous Satyanarayan katha
- Perform the homa (fire ritual)
- Fast from dawn till prasadam
Items Required For Satyanarayan Puja
- Haldi (Turmeric powder
- Kumkum ( Red vermillion or Sindoor )
- Navadhanya ( a mixture of nine herbs offered to navagraha ( nine planets ) )
- Incense sticks
- Sandal paste
- A photoframed picture of Lord Satyanarayana
- A small idol (or coin) of Lord Satyanarayana
- Akshat (rice grains mixed with turmeric powder).
- Raw rice (about 1 kg)
- Betel leaves (100)
- Betel nuts (50)
- Coins (40)
- Dry Dates/ Almonds (50)
- Coconuts (8)
- Flowers and floral garlands
- Two jars (Silver, Copper, Brass, or even earthen) – one for Kalash and another for the ritual
- Two flat plates
- A bell
- A large pidha table (for use as Altar)
- A large white cloth (to cover the Altar)
- A piece of cloth (for the kalash)
- A ghee lamp (with at least three wicks)
- An oil lamp
- Cotton wicks
- Panchamrita (Uncooked mixture of milk, yogurt, honey, sugar, and ghee)