Satyanarayana Puja Celebrations in India

Satyanarayana Puja is celebrated giving importance to the onset of uttrayana punyakalam, which is believed to be the time when the Sun starts its journey to the northern hemisphere. According to the Hindu scriptures, this time of the year is known as Makara Rasi.

The celebrations for Satyanarayan Puja begin with the devotees taking a bath in holy waters. The special puja for Sree Satya Narayan held on this day is believed to bring abundance of wealth and health to all forms of life on the earth.

The devotees worship Sree Satya Narayan on this day and the Puja can be held at any time of the day. The full moon night of Sankranthi is said to be the most auspicious day for holding this Puja. On the day of the Puja, devotees have to maintain a fast after the morning bath. The day begins with special prayers and is most often attended by relatives, friends and neighbors of the person holding the Puja.

The puja is held on a platform and this place is decorated with idols of the Lord well accessorized with kum kum and turmeric powder. The platform is decorated with burning camphor, beetle leaves and nuts, coconuts, almonds and flowers. The puja is held to appease the Gods so that they bless the devotees with prosperity and peace.

Satyanarayana Puja is celebrated in great pomp and splendor in most of the major cities of India and in any place in the world there are Hindu devotees. Satyanarayana Puja celebrations in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkatta are held to bridge the gap between visiting relatives and also to have fun with the family.

Indians celebrate Satyanarayan Puja in the start of the spring season, no matter in what part of the world they live. Wearing new clothes during the Puja is an implication of new promises and hopes.

Several mouth-watering delicious sweets like malpua, gujiya and poli are distributed after the Puja. The evening after the Puja is used to convey wishes to relatives and friends. As in all Indian festivals, there is plenty of dancing involved in the festivities of Satyanaryan Puja celebrations in Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and other parts of the country.

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