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Satyanarayan Puja in December, 2019
|11 December, 2019 (Margashirsha)|
Shri Satyanarayan Puja is conducted to seek the blessings of Lord Narayan. It is performed every Purnima or Poornima also known as Pournami (full moon). Narayan is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. When Shri Satyanarayan Puja / Satyanarayan Katha is organized, especially on a Poornima, it makes him happy enough to bless his devotees.
On the day of puja, devotees have to observe fast. Puja can be performed in the morning and in the evening. Evening Puja is more suitable for devotees as they can break their fast by obtaining Prasadam.
In mPanchang, dates for Satyanarayan Puja to be performed during evenings have been laid out in advance. The puja dates can fall on Chaturdashi, one day before Purnima, Poornima or Pournami. Those willing to perform Puja in the morning can also consult mPanchang to ascertain the accurate timings of the Pooja and ensure it is done within Purnima tithi as the tithi may sometimes get over in Morning. It is, therefore, advised to perform Shri Satyanarayan Puja Vidhi on the eve of puja day.
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A set ritual is followed in worshipping Lord Satyanarayan, a very generous incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Here is the vidhi (procedure) to perform it and seek his blessings:
- A sacred mixture of five things: milk, honey, ghee, yogurt and sugar, popularly known as Panchamrutham, is used for purification of the Shaligram, the divine stone of Lord Vishnu.
- Prasad is made of roasted wheat flour, sugar, banana and other fruits. Sacred Tulsi leaves are added to the Prasad.
- During the course of puja, the story of Satyanarayan, also called Katha, is narrated to all those present. The Katha spells out the origin of Puja, its benefits, and the possible disasters a person faces on account of not performing the Puja.
- The Puja culminates with the chanting of an Arti, a process of carrying a small fire lit with the help of Kapur or Camphor in front of an image or idol of Lord Vishnu.
- Participants in the puja and those observing fast consume the Panchamrutham after arti is conducted. After its consumption, fasting is over.