History of Satyanarayan Puja
The Satyanarayan Puja, or Satyanarayan Vrata as it is commonly known, is an auspicious Hindu religious observance. A ritual that is performed by people on several major occasions like housewarming, marriage etc., and this puja can be done at home on any day regardless of reason. It is the first mentioned ritual in the Skanda Purana of Hindus. The Satyanarayan Puja is generally done on the day of Purnima, or Full Moon, which is believed to be really fortunate.
Popularity of Satyanarayan Puja
Sri Satyanarayan Puja is considered a traditional ritual in different parts of India, which includes Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Maharashtrians celebrate this ritual on Chaturthi or Ekadashi. The puja has special significance of the community of Chitpavan in Maharashtra.
In West Bengal, the puja is performed before housewarming or entering a new house.
In Andhra Pradesh, people have strong faith and belief towards Srimannarayan, supposedly an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is a famous and ancient temple at Annavaram, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh that is dedicated to Sri Satyanarayan and witnesses thousands of devotees coming to the temple to offer their prayers. This vrata has been performed on a regular basis in Annavaram. Not only devotees, but their families also visit this temple and take part in the vrata, which is believed to be the most sacred way to offer prayers.