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Satyanarayan Vrat

Date :  |  Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant

Satyanarayana Vrat And Its Importance

This vrat/fast denotes the importance of attaining the blessings of lord Vishnu. It is celebrated on fifteenth or Purnima of Shukla Paksha in every month. It is dedicated to lord Vishnu, who is also known as Satyadeva. Because people follow this vrat on Purnima tithi, it, therefore, is called Purnima vrat. Reason is, all dates, nakshatras, days etc. are nothing but creation of God. This is why scholars recommend to do Satyanarayana vrat in any day of any month by anyone. To this context, there is a narrative in the tale of Shri Satyanarayana, that one can worship lord Satyadeva and listen to His story in any day, in addition to Purnima. Because of the auspiciousness of Thursday and Purnima, there is narrative of observing vrat in Purnima. However, one can observe this vrat willingly in any auspicious day. This vrat and puja can eliminate one’s sorrows and sins, besides ensuring victory on enemy. The lord of this vrat is called Satyanarayana because of representing truth and granting devotee’s wishes. Even newly wedded couples can worship and listen to the tale of the lord, thereby calling this event as the first appearance of bride. Worshiping lord Vishnu and listening to his divine tales in a religious manner can bring forth good luck in one’s life

Brief Puja-Ingredients Of Satyanarayana Vrat

Chauki (stand), gold-crafted statue of Satyadeva, Turmeric, Flower, Banana Leaves and Fruit, Lotus Flower, Pan and Mango Leaves, Betel Nuts, Cloves, Cardamom, Incense, Deep, Cotton, Indigenous Cow’s Ghee, Yajnopaveet, Clothing, Malayagiri Sandalwood , Camphor, roli, molly, Gangajal, panchamrit milk, honey, curd, ghee, jaggery and sugar, fruits and Panchmeva etc. Prasad: For the purpose, keep the powder of wheat which is roasted in native ghee and mix some jaggery and sugar in it and other contents are said to be included in Adi Pujan. Sesame, barley rice, and other herbals pertinent to havan are included.

Puja-Methods For Satyanarayana Vrat

The day before Satyanarayana vrat and puja, get into habit of observing self-control and other rituals mandated. Avoid non-vegetarian and similar diets, such as garlic, onions, meats, and so on. Next day, wake up early in the morning, finish your daily routines (like attending washroom etc.) and keep stock of puja related ingredients. Be seated comfortably, remember the lord, and take Achamana for self-purification. Ensconce the statue of lord Satyanarayana on the chauki (stand) and prepare a mandap/altar. Situate the lord on the throne decked with scented yellow and scented flowers. Conduct puja in all manners of rituals or get it done by a learned Brahman priest. Offer your puja, donations and katha-shravana to lord Satyadeva. Chant “ऊँ श्री सत्यदेवाय नमः” mantra and pray to the lord to accept your puja. Listen to divine tales with your family.

Brief Story Of Satyanarayana Vrat

There are mostly seven chapters included in the tale of lord Satyanarayan Vrat. However, those seven chapters are now condensed into five chapters, considering shortage of time due to hectic schedules in life of the mankind. Tales of each chapter is being briefed here in the following manner. First chapter – Once Sankadi and eighty-eight thousand sages in Naimisharanya pilgrimage asked Shri Sutji about attainment of God’s devotions and salvation of the mankind who are deprived of Vedas and educations. They requested him to tell them about a meditation that could fulfill their desired wishes in short times. They expressed their eagerness to listen to that story. After hearing the requests of sages, Sutji told them methods regarding puja. Second chapter – Sutji tells the story to the sages about a person who observed the vrat. He says, a very poor Brahman once lived in beautiful town called Kashipura. He roamed around here and there thirsty and hungry. Driven to compassion at the plight of the poor Brahman, the kind lord took the form of an old Brahman and appeared in front of the poor Brahman. The lord asked Brahman to account for his wandering here and there aimlessly. Third chapter – Sutji said – “O great sages! Now listen another tale”. Once a wise king by the name of Ulkamukh was very truthful and celibate. Every day, he visited a shrine and donated wealth to the poor to end their sufferings. His wife was extremely beautiful and devoted to her husband. The couple observed Satyanarayana vrat at the bank of Bhadrashila river. Fourth chapter – Sutji said, the Vaishya set off his journey and headed to the town. After covering some distance, lord Satyanarayana disguised as a pedestrian, asked – “O merchant! What’s there in your boat?” The merchant, out of sheer vanity, said, “O pedestrian! Why do you ask? Do you want to take my wealth? My boat has nothing but roots and leaves.” Fifth chapter – Sutji said, “O monks! Let me tell you another story. Please listen. A king named Tungdhwaj was kind to his subjects. He also sustained a great deal of pains when he rejected God’s prasad. Once he hunted down an animal in a forest and came under a banyan tree for a rest. He saw some folks of milkmaids observing Satyanarayana puja. The king did not attend the puja, neither he greeted because of his arrogance. When the milkmaids offered him prasad, he rejected it and set for his kingdom. There he found everything ravaged in ruins. He knew it was God’s deed. Thus, listen to the whole story, conduct Arti of lord Satyanarayana, chanting, जय लक्ष्मी रमणा श्री जय लक्ष्मी रमणा, सत्यनारायण स्वामी जन पातक हरणा After Arti, hail to the lord, distribute prasad and conclude your vrat-puja.

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