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Satya Narayan is the Narayan form of Lord Vishnu. It represents the power of truth. It is conducted on the full moon (purnima) or Sankranti of the month. By scriptures a Hindu pooja. The Satyanarayan Katha is recited in this pooja which Lord Vishnu tells to Narada for the welfare of living being. The Katha behind it is very interesting and requires full devotion, discipline and veneration from the followers.

This pooja is not restricted to particular occasion or time. People according to their will conduct it on the occasion like opening of a new business, marriage or getting into new house etc. The moments which are very important to people life and they want them to flourish by all means, in all those moments they try to keep this pooja. Evening is the best suited time for it and people usually keeps fast.

Prasad for this pooja is special in nature because of its ingredient and known as Sapaad or Shira.

Pooja or Vrat:
Pooja is confined to five or nine chapters. Each tells us about different aspect of pooja and has its own significance. Like the initial one tells about the how and when about the pooja i.e. its timings and procedure. The remaining chapters provide the manifestation of how much benevolent, kind, caring and compassionate almighty is for the whole human beings. It also comprehensively depicts the importance of the pooja by which one can easily know its importance.

A separate pooja room is to be dedicated for it in which a platform is to be created with new attire doled all around it. Then grains of rice are to be dispersed and a kalash tied with new red threads or clothes is to be established onto them. On that kalash the deity is to be placed and revered. A Panchamruta (a mixture of ghee, milk, sugar, honey and curds) abhishekam has to be performed.

It is to be commenced with the lighting of the lamp, a gesture of devotion in ones heart. Then we pray to Lord Ganesh, the eradicator of obstacles, Lakshmi, the giver of wealth, Vishnu, the sustainers, Lord Shiva and Parvati, the primordial couple who dance their way to cosmic rhythm, Sun God, the giver of good health, the nine planets and Ashtadikpaalakas including Lord Indra.

Lord Ganesh and Panchaloka Paalakaas should be positioned to the north of the Kalash and can be worshipped through areca nuts or almonds or turmeric pods or dry dates followed by reverence to nine planets, Lord Indra, Lord Satyanarayan and others. The pooja runs in ashtottara or satanaama attributes and culminates with haarathi and taamboolam. At the end of the vrat there is udvaasana, a formal way of concluding the pooja. The vrat can be performed by inviting as much people as we can to take the blessing of the sacred deity.

Pooja Materials:

A book on the vrat, a square platform, mango leaves, two new cloth pieces, kalash, lords idol or a photograph, turmeric, kumkum, Panchamruta, six coconuts, Prasad, four oil lamps, sandal paste, incense sticks, betel leaves, two garlands, areca nuts, turmeric pods, dry dates or almonds, camphor, offerings in form of cash or coins, Tulsi leaves and flowers.

Recipe for making Shira:
Quantity: 7-8 Plates Shira.
Material: 2 Vati Rava (Sooji), 1 Vati Sugar, Vati Ghee, Badam (Almonds), Manuka (Resins), Charoli, Kesar (Saffron), Banana Procedure: Roast Rava in a utensil in ghee and wait till it changes its colour to brown. Add water 1 times the quantity of Rava. Heat & stir well till the water evaporates, add sugar & heat again. Put Almond pieces, small circular pieces of banana, saffron, elaychi powder etc. Control the heat & stir well to ensure that the lumps are not formed; Shira should not be too thick nor too thin like paste.