Today we organized Sri Satyanarayana Puja at our house. My parents are quite passionate about such rituals which is why I felt like gathering some information regarding this event. Satyanarayana Vrat Katha is a story from Skandha purana, Maharishi Sutha was the narrator of these stories to a group of saints. According to Hindu Mythology in the latter day, organizing Satyanarayana vrat katha with observance of the fast can lead to gratification of one’s, wishes.
After cleaning the whole house the prayers are initiated with the collected fresh flowers from the nearby garden. A Panchamruta (a mixture of ghee, milk, sugar, honey and curds) has to be performed. Vrata begins with the lighting of the lamp, a symbolic gesture of lighting the lamp of devotion in one’s heart. Then prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha, the dispeller of obstacles, Lakshmi, the giver of prosperity, Vishnu, the sustainer, Lord Shiva and Parvati, the primordial couple who dance their way to cosmic rhythm, Sun and the nine planets. The prayer consists of two distinct parts. In the first part, prayer with chanting in Sanskrit Shlokas (verses) are performed to to all the mentioned lords along with Satyanaryana (the Narayan form of Lord Vishnu). The second part consists of recital of the above stories by the devotees and distribution of the prasad.
The Satya Narayan Lord in this form is considered an embodiment of truth. Satyanarayana is worshipped commonly by Hindus in their homes with family and friends, usually on a full moon (purnima) day of the month. In this ceremony people worship by reciting the gracious story of Lord Satyanarayana. This story was originally told by Lord Vishnu himself to the sage Narada for the benefit of humankind. The underlying spirit is to bring in as many people as possible into the divine cult.
This puja is conducted to ensure abundance in ones life. Many people carry out this puja immediately after or along with an auspicious occasion or any other success in life. It is not a puja confined to any festivities only full moon day (poornima) are considered to be most auspicious day for this puja. Performing this puja in the evening is considered more appropriate. The vrata is explained in five chapters. It is believed that one who reads this story and one who hears it will be rid of all woes and difficulties.
Om Sri Satyanarayanaya Namah