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Satyanarayana Puja (Puja for Lord Vishnu) – on full moon day
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:30 AM
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 11:30 AM
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 11:30 AM
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:30 AM (changed due to Lunar eclipse on 4/14)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:00 PM
Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:00 PM
July Puja is replaced by Toli Ekadashi Satyanarayana Puja on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Satuday, August 9, 2014, 6:00 PM
Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:00 PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 11:30 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:00 PM
December Puja is replaced by Vaikunta Ekadashi Satyanarayana Puja on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM
- The Satyanarayana Puja is also available by request.
- Those who are performing this puja should bring cooked Satyanarayana Swami Prasad.
Satyanarayana puja is performed on the purnima (full moon day) of every month at Sri Somesvara. It is also performed on special occasions, including marriage, housewarming, etc., and during times of achievement as an offering of gratitude for the Lord.
This puja is conducted to ensure abundance in one’s life. Sri Satyanarayana Puja or vrath (ritual) is the easiest and most inexpensive way of self-purification and self-surrender at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu. Those who observe it with full devotion and faith are sure to attain their heart’s desire.
This ritual starts with a Ganesh puja, a prayer to the navagrahas (the nine planets) which are important celestial beings in the universe, five elements, and the leaders of the eight dimensions. The Trinity (Vishnu, Brahma, Rutdra) will be invoked in this puja as well.
At the end of the puja, five stories about the benefits of the Satyanarayana puja are read along with their deeper meaning. According to the scriptures, during Kaliyuga, the fruit that one receives by hearing Satyanarayana katha (story) is enormous. The katha is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as his manifestation as Lord Satyanarayana.
The rest of the puja consists of worship to Satyanarayana. The Lord in this form is considered an embodiment of truth. "Satya" means truth, "nar" means man, and "ayan" means place. Thus, the place where truth resides in a man is called Satyanarayana.
This puja and katha (story) helps us to overcome vices such as lust, anger, greed, unhealthy attachments, negativity and evil. Those who perform this puja in their lifetime will be free from all sorrows, will ultimately reach heaven, and attain moksha.
You have the opportunity to perform this puja.