Satyanaryan Puja is an important Hindu ritual to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu. Though the origin of this ritual is not documented, but the first mention of this puja is in Skanda Puran. Devotees perform this puja on special occasions for achieving a milestone or fulfill a wish. Satya denotes truth, and the word Narayan denotes the highest being or supreme form. Lord Satyanaryan is considered the supreme one who is also the epitome of truth. It is believed that on chanting the name of the Lord or listening to the katha helps in living a righteous life. Few believe that this puja originated in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Origin of this puja
Mythology reveals that Narad Muni the divine sage, also referred as Triloka Sancahari one of his trips to three mythical worlds witnesses misery and human suffering on the earth. He wanted to find a way out of this suffering so narrated his observation to Lord Vishnu. After hearing about the sad state of people on earth, Lord Vishnu told Narad to observe the vrata either on Purnima or on the last day of the Hindu month and listen to Satyanaran Katha. This will mark an end to all miseries of people dwelling on the earth. Narad on returning to the earth proclaimed the splendor of Satyanarayan Puja. Legends reveal that devotees who fasted and performed this puja were prosperous and happy.
Ideal days for worshipping
Satyanarayan Puja is performed on Purnima or full moon day. This is the most auspicious days for performing this puja. It is a special way of showing gratitude to the Holy Trinity. Vaisakh, Chaitra, Shravan and Kartik months of the Hindu calendar are ideal months for performing this puja. Devotees can also perform this puja on the first day or Sankranti, the last day of any month of the Hindu calendar. In Maharashtra, this puja has special significance among certain communities, and they do not perform it on Chaturthi or Ekadasi. You can perform this puja, once in a year or after any achievement. In Annavaram at the ancient temple of Sri Satya Narayana Svami, this Vrata is performed every day.