Satya Narayan Pooja: Introduction
to the Hindu Sanatan Dharma, the source of all creation is the one and
only Lord called Brahman and none another. Brahman, in unmanifested form,
is changeless, timeless, and formless and attributes less.
omnipresent, omniscient Brahman cannot be easily grasped by us, normal
human beings. So, how do we worship the Brahman, the Parmeshwar? How do
we invite Him/Her, who is everywhere? How do we give Him/Her a place to
sit when He/She supports the whole universe? How do we show Him/Her light
who lights the whole universe?
some people do Para Pooja with total concentration on the Brahman with
no rituals , some do Manas Pooja who worship God with rituals only in
their own minds and others do actual Murti Pooja with all the rituals.
primary advantage of doing the Murti pooja is that we can actually see
the God in some form and attributes and can do His worship with concentration,
devotion and belief.
pooja, done with Bhakti fills the worshipper’s mind with optimism
and calm and creates a feeling of modesty and gratitude for what God has
given him or her.
Shri Satya Narayan:
The Supreme Lord Vishnu whose resting place ('Ayana') is ‘Naara’
(Water) is called Narayan. "Naara" also means the living entities
(Jivas). Therefore, another meaning of Narayan is 'resting place for all
living entities. Nara also means "human" and Ayana
means "direction or goal". Hence Narayan refers the One that
helps a human to reach his/her goal, i.e. towards Moksha. Shri Satya Narayan,
an incarnation of Lord Vishnu represents the Ultimate Truth, the Brahman.
Shri Satyanarayana is worshipped commonly in homes with family and friends.
This pooja is conducted to request the Lord for health, wealth and happiness
for all. But more importantly, this pooja is done regularly as a thanksgiving
gesture for the good life one already has and for auspicious occasions
like a marriage or moving into a new house.
Satyanarayana pooja can be performed on any day, in the morning or in
the evening. Poornima (full moon day) or Sankranti are considered to be
most auspicious day for this pooja. One should fast until the pooja is
After Shri Ganesh Pooja, Shri Satya Narayan is worshipped with His family
which comprises of Varun, the God of water, the Sun, the eight planets
and the eight Ashtadikpalas or Lokapalas who are guards of the eight directions
and benefactors of mankind.
The Prasad for this vrata is known as Shira
which is prepared thus: Take an equal measure of rava, Milk, Ghee, Banana,
Sugar (the measure should be 1 1/4 or multiples thereof) cook it till
all mix into a paste.
Shri Satya Narayan Katha
This story was
originally told by Lord Vishnu himself to the sage Narada for
the benefit of humankind. The Katha explains how to conduct the Vrata
and its procedure. The various stories depict God as purveyor of rewards
for good deeds and punishments for bad deeds. But in truth, the stories
ask you to do your Dharma, speak the truth, respect all human beings from
any caste, creed or religion, be grateful and humble and get rid of your
Items for Shri Satya
- Small metal Ganapati and Bal Krishna.
- Vishnu-Lakshmi and Sarswati Photos if available
- A low profile wooden platform (chowrang) for Pooja
- Halad, Kunku, Udbatti, Neeranjan (diya or deep), sandalwood paste
- A bucketful of variety of flowers
- Bell, Conch, towels, Oil lamps (samai), matches
- Betel Leaves- 15, Supaari (30), Mango or other fruit tree leaves (
6-7) if available
- Cotton bowls to make clothing ( vastra and yadnyopavit)
- Coconuts (2), Metal Bowls (4), Stainless / Copper plates (4 small,
- Water Kalasha (2), Pali (Small ladle), and 4 spoons
- Rice (half a pound), Fruits, Prasad (Shira), Panchamruta (Ghee, honey,
sugar, yogurt, milk in separate small bowls)
- Liquid ghee for Aarati, oil for lamps
- Tulsi leaves and Durva, if available
It takes about half an hour to set up and an hour and half for the pooja
2. Please identify a serene and comfortable setting in your home –
preferably facing east – for the pooja.
3. All participants should have taken bath and be ready wearing appropriate
for the pooja.
4. It is preferred that the person(s) doing the pooja fast until the pooja
5. The pooja should be done with complete devotion, dedication and belief
in the Supreme. To minimize disturbances guests should come either before
or after the pooja and talking on the phone, discussions or food preparations
should be avoided during the pooja.
6. Please call me ahead of time in case you do not have specific items
or if we cannot start the pooja at the time planned.
7. I encourage the host(s) to recite the Satyanarayana Katha.
Shri Satya Narayan Pooja by Jnana Prabodhini, Pune (http://www.gsbkerala.com/satyanar.htm)
more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org