SRI SATYANARAYAN PUJA AND KATHA
by Pundit Roshan Singh (Jyotish Acharya)
Shri Satyanarayan Puja is performed to seek blessing of Lord Narayan which is one of the forms of Lord Vishnu. The Lord in this form is considered an embodiment of truth. Although there is no fixed day to perform Satyanarayan Puja but doing it during Purnima is considered highly auspicious.
Devotees should observe the fast on Puja day. The Puja can be done in the morning as well as in the evening. However performing Satyanarayan Puja in the evening is considered more appropriate as devotees can carry out the vrat or fast for the day and break fast after the conclusion of the pooja.
The following are the most auspicious dates to observe Sri Satyanarayan Vrat and Puja.
Astroworld South Africa lists Shree Satyanarayan Puja dates for evening times. Hence listed Satyanarayan Puja day might fall on Chaturdashi i.e. one day before Purnima. Devotees who prefer to do Puja in the morning should consult with us to make sure that Puja is done within Purnima Tithi. On Purnima day, Tithi might go over during morning time and because of it Purnima Tithi is not always suitable for morning Puja.
Puja procedure consist of worshipping Lord Satyanarayan which is an extremely benevolent form of Lord Vishnu. Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, honey, ghee/butter, yogurt and sugar) is used to bath the deity, usually Saligram, which is divine stone of Maha Vishnu. Panjiri, which is sweet roasted flour of wheat with ground golmirich (black pepper) banana and other fruits are used as Prasad. Tulasi leaves are placed on the prashad to make it sacred and complete.
Another requirement of the Puja is that the story of the Puja, is heard by those who are participating as well as by those who are observing the fast. The Satyanarayan Katha involves the origin of the Puja and Katha, the benefits of the Puja and the potential mishaps that might occur if one forgets to perform the Puja. The actual Satyanarayan Katha is to recite verses from the Srimad Bhagvatam that was spoken to 88 000 Rishi’s in the forest of Naimisharayna by Suta Goswami Maharaj in the presences of Shaunak Rishi and the great king Maharaj Parikshit. One who listens to the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead can be cleaned of all impurities and return back home, back to Godhead. This was recommended by the Lord Himself when Devrishi Narad enquired from the Lord of how man can rid himself of sinful activities and cleanse his heart and mind. The Lord said that those that listen to His pastimes and chants His Holy names will most certainly qualify to enter into the spiritual sky once again.
The Katha that is recited in the homes of Hindu’s generally is to remind the common man of the importance of listening to the “actual katha” that was heard by Sadanand Brahaman, the Lakrihara (the wood cutter), the sadhu banya (trader), Morad Dwaj and Ulkamuk. Each one of these persons heard the actual Satyanarayan Katha (Srimad Bhagvatam) and qualified themselves to go back home, back to Godhead. Sadanand Brahaman became Sudama the friend of Bhagavan Sri Krsna in his next life and having the darshan of the Lord returned to the Kingdom of the Lord. Bheel the lakrihara (wood cutter) became Nishad the boatman who crossed Lord Ram over the Ganga river and having bathed the feet of the Lord returned to the spiritual world. Tungadwaj the great and charitable king became King Dasharat in his next life when the Lord Himself took birth in his home as his son went back home, back to Godhead.
In the “normal” Satyanarayan Vrat Katha the yajman is encouraged to listen to the “actual” katha which is Srimad Bhagvatam thereby promoting them to a higher consciousness and guaranteeing them that the Lord has promised that those that listen to His glorious pastimes will most certainly return to Him
|One is encouraged to read and listen to the pastimes of the Lord all the time but the following dates and times are considered most auspicious.|
Love light and blessings
Pundit Roshan Singh