Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham Story and Its Significance

Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham Story and Its Significance

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Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham

Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham Significance

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Lord Satyanarayana is another form of Lord Vishnu who is commonly worshipped by Hindus in their homes along with family and friends. The worship is performed usually on a full moon (purnima) day of the month. People worship by reciting the gracious story of the Lord which was once told by Lord Vishnu himself to the sage Narada for the benefit of humankind. The Lord’s grace is described in a Hindu mythological book called Skanda Purana. He has four hands like Lord Vishnu, however, his fourth hand does not hold a lotus rather it is extended upward to bless people.

Sri Satyanarayana Vratham is performed allover world by devotees for wealth, education, prosperity, and offspring, relief from troubles and sickness and success in business. When it came to be known that Lord Satyanarayana had manifested himself on the Ratnagiri hills at Annavaram with unique form combining the Trimurthis Viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. Ekadasi is considered to be very auspicious for the Vratham, it is performed even on other convenient days by the individual devotees. The great popularity behind the Vratham springs form the experiences narrated in stories and legends and also the faith gained by observances in daily life.
The important legend connected with this Vratham was that once Sage Narada was very much distressed at the misery of marthyas (men in this world) and prayed Lord Vishnu to be informed of a way out for them. The Lord then told him that Satyanarayana Vratham would relieve men of their troubles and would ensure worldly prosperity and salvation after deth. He also narrated that a pious Brahmin of Banaras performed the Vratham first. It was also described how King Ulkamukha of Bhadrasilanagaram, Emperor Tungadhwaja and a community of Gollas in his kingdom, a Vaisya business man named Sadhuvu, and a poor woodcutter of Banaras had performed this vratham and were blessed by Lord Satyanarayana Swamy (Vishnu himself) with all they desired. The vratham has caught the fascination of millions owing to these stories within the understanding of scholars as well as layman. All classes of people took to its performance and it is popular for its efficacy.

 

SatyaNarayana Swamy Vratham Pooja Samagri

Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham-Pooja Items
Item Description Quantity
Turmeric 1 packet
Kumkum 1 packet
Cotton Wicks 1 small packet
Sandalwood powder 1 packet
Beatle (Paan) Leaves 50 Pcs
Supari (Beatle Nuts) round/black 50 Pcs
Turmeric (Pasupu kommulu) 50 Pcs
Dry-Dates(kharjuram) 50 Pcs
Incense Sticks (Agarbattis) 1 packet
Camphor (haaratikarpoor) 1 box
Coconut/groundnut Oil for Deepaaraadhan 1 small bottle
Nava Dhanyam – ( all dhanyams separate) – Optional 1 packet
Mango leaves – if available  2 bunches
Quarters (coins) 50
White Towel Large 1
Blouse piece(Red/Green/Yellow) 1
Rice 2.5kgs/ 5.5 lbs
Rose Water Bottle 1
Flowers
Flower Garland 1
Flowers Assorted (Rose, Mums, Marigold etc…) 50/60 flowers
Prasad
Banana (specially used for pooja) 12
5 Types of Fruits (Mango, Banana, Apple, Orange, Grapes, Pear, Peach ) 2/3 each type
Coconuts 9
Milk  1 gallon
Plain Yogurt 1 small cup
Honey 1 small bottle
Ghee 1 small bottle
Sugar 2 lbs
Wheat Sooji 2 lbs
Cashews 1 small packet
Raisins 1 small packet
Other Items
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy photo 1
Brass/Stainless Steel/silver Lamp 2
Kalash/Loti (Silver/Copper) 2

Procedure Of The Satyanarayana Vratham:
Before the sankalpam (inauguration) the floor is cleaned with cow-dund, a square piece of new cloth is spread over it, after decorating it with muggulu with four of five colours. Rice is spread as a layer upon the cloth and a kalasam of silver, copper, brass or clay is kept and covered with mango leaves or betel leaves and a piece of new cloth. A small image of Lord Satyanarayana swamy made prerferably with gold or silver is kept on the cloth after abhishekam in panchamruham. Afterwards, Vighneswara, Lakshmi, Parvati, Siva, Navagrahas and Ashta Dikpalakas are worshipped in order. After wards Lord Satyanarayanaswamy is invoket and worshipped. The Satyanarayana prasadam prepared with plantains, cow’s milk, cow’s ghee, ravva of wheat or sojji and sugar or jaggery is offered to the Lord as naivedyam and distributed to the friends and relatives invited for this sacred vratham .The priest who conducts the puja is given dakshina. Satyanarayana Vratha Katha (legend about the efficacy of the vratham) is recited and listened to with rapt attention by all including those gathered to witness the vratham. It is said.

“Kathmva srunuyadyasthu pasyedwam Vrathamuththamam
Thasya nasyanthi papani Satyadeva Prasadithaha.”

When one cannot perform the vratham, even with nessing the vratham, or listening to the story would remove the troubles and wash off the sins.