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Sai Vrathams

Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Fasting (Vratham), Satya Deva Vratha katha:

Sri Satnarayana fasting in India is followed throughout for wealth, education, prosperity, off spring, relief from troubles and sickness and success in business. When it came to be known that Lord Satyanarayana Swamy had manifested himself on the Ratnagiri hills at Annavaram in unique form combining the Trimurthis – Brahma, Vishnu and Siva the number of pilgrims from far and near swelled to hundreds and thousands. Though Ekadesi is considered to be very auspicious for the Vratham, the individual devotees perform it even on other convenient days.

The Procedure of the Vratham:

1. Any woman, man or child can do this vrat.
2. This vrat can be done by any person without any difference of caste and creed.
3. This is a very miraculous vrat. Desired fruits are obtained by doing it for 9 Thursdays according to the rules.
4. This vrat can be started from any Thursday by taking Sai Baba's name. One should pray to Sai Baba with complete devotion for the fulfillment of the desire for which the Vrat is done.
5. Sai Baba must be worshipped in the morning or in evening. Sai Baba's photograph must be placed on a yellow cloth. Clean the photograph with clear water. Tilak of Chandan (sandalwood) and Kumkum must be applied to the photograph of Sai Baba. Yellow coloured flowers or garland must be offered to Sai Baba, incense sticks and lamp must be lighted and then the main story of the vrat must be read. Sai Baba's name must be remembered and then prasad must be distributed (prasad may consist of a some sweet or fruits).
6. This vrat can be done by eating only fruits ( it may also be done by consuming milk, tea, sweet, etc) or it may also be done by having lunch or dinner. But it must be remembered that the vrat must not be done by not eating anything.
7. If possible one must go to Sai Baba temple and if it is not possible then Sai Baba must be worshipped at home only with complete devotion.
8. This vrat can be continued even if one is out of his/her own town.
9. During this vrat if women are going through menses or if by any reason one Thursday is missed, then that Thursday must not be taken into consideration for 9 Thursdays. Another Thursday must be taken into consideration and then concluding ceremony must be perfomed.

Procedure for concluding ceremony :

1. On 9th Thursday the vrat is concluded. Five poor people must be fed (as per economic condition)
2. To increase the importance of Sai Baba and this vrat 5, 11 and 21 (as per economic condition) Sai Baba Vrat Books must be distributed among family and friends. In this way the vrat is concluded.
3. In the concluding ceremony, by distributing the Sai Baba Vrat Books increase Mahima of Sai Baba and we get His blessings.
4. On the 9th Thursday the books, which are to be given to our family members and friends, must be kept in pooja and then it must be distributed so that others and ours desire are fulfilled.

Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham Pooja Samagri

• Kumkum powder
• Turmeric powder
• Rangoli
• Incense sticks
• Camphor
• 30 betel leaves
• 30 betel nuts
• 2 coconuts
• 5 almonds
• Plenty of flowers to be offered to the Lord
• One thousand Tulsi leaves (Indian Basil)
• Banana tree for canopy
• A square shaped wooden platform to seat the idols
• 2 copper jars
• 2 plates
• 1 shawl
• A mixture of yogurt, milk, honey, ghee and sugar to prepare the Pancamrta
• Sandalwood paste
• Akshat, or rice grains, with turmeric powder
• Sandalwood sticks
• 2 flower garlands
• Conc shell
• Puja bell
• A cloth
• Ghee lamp
• Oil lamp
• 1 kilogram raw rice
• 1 kilogram sweet semolina for sirni preparation to offer to the deity as prasadam
• 6 number of coconuts after completing each chapter of the Satyanarayan katha
• Sirni – A specially prepared prasadam offered to the Lord, which is prepared by mixing flour, sugar, semolina, smashed bananas with milk. Optional garnishing can be added to the prasadam as well, such as crushed coconuts, fruits, cherries, cashews, groundnuts, raisins etc.