There are numerous ways of stating devotion to Lord Narayana. One of the most commonly observed pujas by Hindus is the Satyanarayan Puja. It is a popular and traditional ritual dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is performed in many Hindu households and temples on an auspicious day. Like any other puja, Satyanarayana Puja also begins with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, the remover of all hindrances and obstacles that come our way in due course of life.
Satyanarayan puja can be conducted on any ordinary day, at any time, and by anyone irrespective of their caste, creed, Martials status, etc. One need not wait for a ritual to organize it. However, the Ekadashi and Purnima are considered auspicious for offering puja to Lord Satyanarayan. Also, taking advice from an Astrologer to figure out the auspicious time is recommended.
Chitra Pournami (Chaitra Purnima) is considered to be significantly favorable for performing the Satyanarayana Pooja. It is understood that the Pooja can be organized at any time on a full moon day. However, the Pooja must not be done by the devotee on a New Moon. It can be performed in the daytime or morning and evening. Performing puja in the evening time is considered more suitable and bring a good result to devotees. During this day, devotees do not eat food until the pooja is concluded. The aspiration of dispossessing oneself from food is to assure that no evil thoughts come under to mind during, before, and after the puja. After the puja is completed, one can get the blessings of Lord Satyanarayan and fulfill their fast by consuming Prasad.
It is easy and simple to perform and one can do it even without a priest at home. It is also believed that following the puja at home or temples will bring a more effective result in their life. Satyanarayan Pooja is also performed to celebrate certain events in a devotee’s life such as the purchase of a new house, entering into a new house, buying some property, getting a job, marriage in the house, and so on. It is performed either before or after the fulfillment of the wish.
Detailed information on performing Satyanarayan puja is mentioned in Reva Khanda of Skanda Purana and several other Hindu sacred texts. It is stated that once when Narada Muni asked Lord Vishnu to describe how a man can gain relief from his depressions, then Lord Vishnu stated that Satyanarayan puja and Katha is the way.
Significance of performing the Satyanarayan Puja
The Satyanarayan Puja is the worship of the Lord Vishnu in the form of Satyanarayan. It is generally performed on the full moon day to invoke the blessing of Lord Vishnu. Devotees have been carrying out this ritual for spiritual and holy reasons. It is said that after performing this puja with devotion and faith, devotees generally benefit a lot. Their problems and difficulties are resolved and they can get over the problems in life.
Satyanarayana Puja is very popular because it is one of the simplest and easiest rituals performed by the Hindus. Everyone can perform this puja irrespective of age or gender. Many devotees and families perform Satyanarayan puja every year for the wellbeing, health, and wealth of the family. It can also be performed at any time of the day.
Purnima and Ekadashi are considered more auspicious for performing Satyanarayan puja. However, an experienced Vedic Astrologer can also help figure out the auspicious day for performing the pooja. Satyanarayan Puja is also performed when there is an achievement in business or career growth and during social functions like marriages, house-warming ceremonies, the naming of the children, and so on.
As stated above, any person can perform the Satyanarayan puja on any day without having to wait for an auspicious day. However, the purpose of the Satyanarayan puja is to invite as many people as possible, recite the Katha associated with it, and to distribute the Prasad. This specific puja is meant for eliminating all the hurdles in society and teaming up as one unit to chant the name of God, who represents eternal truth.
Benefits of performing Satya Narayana Puja
- Performing Satyanarayan puja at home brings success and prosperity.
- People who do this puja can accomplish their goals and fulfill their aspirations.
- It improves the physical and mental health of individuals drastically.
- It helps devotees to enjoy their material life and increase overall family prosperity too.
- It removes all sins from the past life.
- It is done for inner peace and happiness.
- This worship is also beneficial for fixed marriage as early as possible and also for pleasant marriage.
- It clears the negativity surrounding oneself and grants optimism.
The Satyanarayan Puja unites the family friend’s together, encouraging harmony on earth. It emphasizes worldwide happiness and unity. This puja protects one from evil and keeps on the path of goodness and truth. It is usually performed using Kalash, banana leaves, fruits, betel leaf, kumkum, milk, tulsi leaves, Ganga water, dry fruits, and so on.(Last Updated On: January 16, 2021)