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Region 4 - Satyanarayana Katha

Narborough Sai Centre performed the Satyanarayana Katha on the 23rd of March, an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. On the 22nd of March, the volunteers with a lot of love and devotion set up the hall, the puja materials for each Katha, the beautiful altar for our Bhagwan and food preparations had already begun. The divine presence was noticeably felt and all left in sheer excitement for the next day. The Katha was set up as service for the elderly and a seva opportunity for the youth. The set up of the hall was such that the youth sat on the floor whilst the elderly were seated on chairs with seva dals helping them. Despite the unpredictable weather (it was snowing), the turnout was fantastic, the atmosphere was ecstatic and all shared the experience as one big family. It is moments like this when devotees appreciate what divine opportunities Swami has given us.

The Katha story begins with Narada traveling all over the universe and its many worlds and finally coming to Earth (Bhuloka). Here he found that so many people were suffering. He was filled with compassion for their suffering and went to Lord Vishnu to ask him what could be done. Lord Vishnu explained that there is a special puja called Satyanarayana that can be performed by anyone. It can be done at any time and in any place. By performing the Katha, heartfelt wishes are answered and protection is showered upon us by our Lord.

The puja started by worship to Lord Ganesh, the oil lamp, the kalash and then to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. 1008 names of lord Vishnu were chanted and various fruits, flowers and foods are offered. The benefits of conducting this puja are peace of mind, prosperity, dangers averted and negativity removed. The puja was led by Chirag Vithlani, who narrated the meanings and stories beautifully in Gujarati. Prasadam was served after mangal arti and positive experiences were shared. Our Swami was also born after Easwaramma partook of the Prasad of the Sathya Narayana puja and hence he was named Satyanarayana Raju.

Many elderly guests praised how beautifully the Katha was conducted, the youth enjoyed themselves and all were charged with divine love. A truly inspiring morning spent in divine company.

Rupal Rana and Lianne Bruce