Puja consists of 27 main steps, which on the surface reflect Indian hospitality by enacting the steps one would use to honor a guest visiting a home, but they also contain deeper meanings for meditation. The aspect of God who is being worshiped, in this case Satyanarayana, is invited to be present and offered a seat. Then the worshiper imagines washing the God’s feet as water is offered. This process continues with ritual offerings of flowers, rice, water, sandal paste, lights, and food.
The priest symbolically offers Satyanarayana a bath, new clothing, a meal, etc., all in an effort to make the deity a welcome guest in participants’ home and hearts. Once these steps are completed, the 1000 names of Lord Satyanarayana are chanted, and participants are given an opportunity to make their petitions to God. Once the prayers to Lord Satyanarayana are completed, some of those present take turns reading the stories. the Prashad, or offering, to be given to guests is blessed, final prayers are said, and the Prashad is distributed.
The all-important Prashad, which the scriptures say must be eaten at the end of the Puja to receive the full merits of the ritual, has its own special recipe. It is sweet in flavor and made from semolina (Cream of Wheat or Cream of Rice), sugar, milk, ghee, cardamom, cashews, and golden raisins. Indian women pride themselves on being able to make the Prashad in the proper way.
Satyanarayana Puja is a beautiful ritual. The ornate decoration of the altar with flowers and colored pictures appeals to the external senses. The beautiful handmade flower garlands and colorful pots of food reflect the love and devotion of participants. The telling of the stories appeals to the mind, and the warmth of gathering in prayer to remember God and his mercy appeals to the spirit. Perhaps the most beautiful and unique aspect of
Benefits of Sri Satya Narayan Puja :
1.It bestow good health, prosperity, success, and happiness on those who practice it.
2.Satyanarayana Puja is performed in private homes for a variety of reasons, including the blessing of a new home, anniversaries or birthdays, or other special personal occasions.
3.This Puja is traditionally done for success in all forms and to have comfort and pleasure.
4.It helps to achieve spiritual and material progress and increase the social status.
5.It increases peace in the family,happiness, and harmony at home.
6.Satyanarayana Puja is not that it is a gift from God to fulfill one’s desires, but that it is a constant reminder in the telling of its folktales that all are equal in the eyes of God, and that we should interact with each other with that belief in our hearts.