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Hey Satyanarayan swaami

Posted on: June 10, 2014


This is the 300th article in the blog by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

BHAJAN MALA – GOLDEN 50s…(Pushp-12….Last of the series)
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So, we are ending this Bhajan series today with the most appropriate and suitable Bhajan for the occasion, from the film- Mahapooja-54. The bhajan is sung by Amirbai Karnataki and Tara Harish-both in their last phase of the career. This is a Bhajan-almost an Aarati, but not exactly-in praise of Shri Satyanarayan Swami.

The average Indian is not only God fearing but also traditional in his thinking. Holding a Mahapooja or a Satyanarayan Pooja at every happy occasion is a norm for most people. Whether it is a Marriage Function, arrival of a new bride, entry into a new house or a Birth in the family,a Pooja is generally called for. Close friends and relatives are invited to partake the ” Prasad’ and the venue is decorated.

The Satyanarayana Puja is usually performed on the Full Moon (Purnima) day of every month or any day you wish to do it. It is also done on special occasions and during times of achievements as an offering of gratitude to the Lord Vishnu. In addition, it is said that a devotional performance of this puja will bear children to couples trying to start a family.

Sri Satyanarayana puja is a very popular ritual in many parts of India including Gujarat, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. In Maharashtra, Satyanarayan Puja is not done on Ekadashi or Chaturthi. This puja has a special significance for the Chitpavan community of Maharashtra. In West Bengal, people perform this puja before house warming ceremony.

Almost all Hindus, throughout Andhra Pradesh, have strong faith, belief, and devotion towards Srimannarayana, an incarnation of Vishnu. There is a very ancient famous temple for Sri Satyanarayana Swamy at Annavaram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. (near Visakhapatnam ), India. This vratam is performed daily in Annavaram. Large numbers of devotees, many with families, visit the temple, offer prayers, perform this Vrata there, right in the temple.

The puja starts by a prayer to Lord Ganesha, to remove all obstacles that may occur as a result of incorrectly performing the puja. This is done by chanting all the names of Lord Ganesha and offering prasad (a food offering, usually consisting of one of Lord Ganesha’s favorite foods – modak, a sugar and coconut mixture, or laddu) and the showering of flower petals.

Another part of the prayer involves a prayer to the Navagraha’s – the nine important celestial beings in the universe. They consist of Surya(the Sun), Chandra (the moon), Angaaraka/Chevaai (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Guru aka Bruhaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Sani (Saturn),Rahu (the head of the Demon snake), and Ketu (the tail of the Demon snake).

The rest of the puja consists of worship to Satyanarayana, an extremely benevolent form of Lord Vishnu. First “panchamritam” is used to clean the place where the deity is placed. After placing the deity in the correct position, Satyanaraya swami is worshipped. Names of Satyanarayana are chanted along with offering of a variety of prasad (including a mixture of milk, honey, ghee/butter, yogurt, sugar) and flower petals.
Another requirement of the puja is that the story of the puja be heard among all those observing and partaking in the puja. The story involves the origin of the puja, the benefits of it, and the potential mishaps that may occur with the forgetting performance of the puja.
The prayer concludes with an Aarti, which consists of revolving a small fire-lit-lamp in the vicinity of an image of the Lord. After the puja is over, participants and observers of the puja are required to ingest in the prasad that was offered and blessed by the Lord.
There are many many kathas pertaining to Satyanarayan Poojs Vrat. All these kathas are read by the Pandit ji at the end of the pooja. The most popular katha is that of Leelavati and Kalavati.

This story consists of a childless merchant and his adventures. There was a wise king named Ulkamuk. He had a pious and beautiful wife. He would go to the temple daily and would give charity to the Brahmins. One day near the banks of river Madhushala, where they were performing Lord Shri Satyanarayana’s vratham, a wealthy merchant was passing by. He anchored his boat, went to the king and asked him, “Oh King, please let me know the details about the vratham you are performing with such devotion”. The king replied that he was performing the Lord Satyanarayana Swami’s vratham. He said that one who performs this vratham will gain worldy pleasures and attain salvation. The merchant with much eager asked him the details stating that, “Oh King, I would like to know the details as I am childless and would like to perform this vratham”. The king gladly gave the entire details about the vratham and its vidhanam.

After acquiring the entire details of the vratham, the merchant and his wife decided to perform the fast if they get a child. Sometime later his wife Lilavati became pregnant and she delivered a girl who they named Kalavati. The merchant’s wife Lilavati reminded him about his promise to keep the fast and perform the vratham. The merchant postponed it saying that he would do so when the daughter grows and is ready to be married. The merchant told his wife that during the time of Kalawati’s wedding it would be easy to do the fast because at the moment he was busy in his business. So saying he left for his business trip to various villages.

Kalawati grew up to be a beautiful girl. When the merchant saw his daughter was of marriageable age; he called the match-maker and requested him to search an ideal match for his daughter. Hearing the merchant’s request, the match-maker reached Kanchan Nagar. From there, he brought the proposal of a young handsome boy. Agreeing to the proposal and after speaking to the boy’s parents, Kalavati’s marriage was performed with much fanfare and religious ceremonies & rituals. All this while and even at this time of his daughter’s wedding the merchant forgot about the promise to perform the Satyanarayana vratham. So the Lord decided to remind the merchant about his promise.

The merchant, after a few days, left for his business trip with his son-in-law by boat. They anchored their boat in a beautiful village, named Ratanpur ruled by King Chandraketu. One day, the thieves robbed the wealth of the king. After robbing they went and stayed at the same place where the merchant was staying. Seeing the guards following them, they left the entire loot near the merchant and then hid themselves. When the guards reached the merchant’s place, they saw all the king’s wealth beside the merchant and his son-in-law. Thinking them to be robbers, they arrested them and brought them before the king stating that they were responsible for the theft. The king, without giving any chance of explaining their case ordered both be confined to behind bars. Even their wealth was confiscated by the king.

While at the merchant’s house, the thieves robbed their entire wealth. This left his wife and daughter to beg for their daily bread. One day while begging for food, Kalawati reached a Brahmin’s house. At that time the Brahmin and his family were performing Lord Satyanarayana’s puja. After listening to the prayer and taking the prasadam, she left for home. By the time she reached home it was already dark.
Leelawati was worried. She asked her daughter Kalawati, why it took her so much time to come home. Kalawati replied, “Oh Mother, today I was at a Brahmin’s house where they were performing Lord Satyanarayana’s vratham.” On hearing this, Leelawati recollected the long pending promise by her husband and narrated it to her daughter. She soon began the preparations for the Lord Satyanarayana vratham. She did the fast & prayer and asked the Lord for forgiveness. She prayed that her husband and her son-in-law return home safely.

Lord Satyanarayana was pleased with the prayer and the fast. One day, he told King Chandraketu in his dream, “Oh King, You must release the merchant and his son-in-law as they are not the robbers. Return their wealth and set them free. If you do not do so, your kingdom will be destroyed.” In the morning, the king called the people in his court and told them about the dream.

The people agreed that the merchant and his son-in-law should be released by the king. The king asked the guards to bring the prisoners, returned all their belongings and set them free. The king told them that due to their wrongdoings, they had to undergo this suffering, but now there was nothing to fear & they could go back home. They bowed down to the king & left for home.

The merchant prayed first and then gave some wealth to the Brahmins before starting his journey for home. When they went little further, Lord Satyanarayana wanted to test them. He disguised as an old man and went up to the merchant. The Lord asked, “What is in your boat, give me little from there.” The merchant in arrogance and pride, replied, “Oh Old man, we have nothing in our boat except hay and leaves.” On hearing such harsh words from the merchant, the Lord said, “Your words shall be true”. So saying, he went from there and sat on the bank of the river.
When the Lord went away, the boat started to rise higher in the water. The merchant was surprised at this. He went to check inside the boat. To his shock he saw that his boat which was filled with his wealth now contains only leaves and hay. Seeing this he fainted. When he came to his senses, he said “How could this happen?” His son-in-law meanwhile told him, “Do not cry over this. All has happened because you spoke harshly to the old man and lied to him. Still, nothing is lost. You could go back to him and ask him for his forgiveness. He may set everything right.”

The merchant, after hearing the words of his son-in-law went in search of the old man. He bowed down before him and with respect said, “Oh Lord, please forgive me for the words I have spoken.” So saying, he bowed down with tears of sorrow in his eyes. When the Lord, saw the merchant in his state of sorrow and crying for forgiveness, he said, “Oh foolish person, due to your deeds, you have seen all this sorrow & suffering.”

On hearing the merchant’s words filled with bhakti, the Lord was happy & he turned the boat full of wealth. When the merchant mounted his boat and saw it full with wealth again, he thanked the Lord & said, “With Lord Satyanarayana’s grace, my wish is fulfilled. When I reach home, I will do his prayer & fast”, so saying he left for his home.

When the merchant saw that his home-town Ratanpur is nearing, he sent a messenger in advance, to his house to inform his wife & daughter of his arrival. The messenger, on reaching the merchant’s house, bowed down to the merchant’s wife & gave them the most awaited news that the merchant & his son-in-law have reached Ratanpur.

Leelawati had just finished doing her Satyanarayana Puja meanwhile. She told her daughter to finish doing the prayer and then come & receive her husband & her father. Kalawati finished doing her puja quickly & without taking the prasadam left to meet her husband. The Lord got angry at her for this, and so he drowned her husband with the boat. When Kalawati did not see her husband; she was shocked and she fainted on the floor.

On seeing his daughter and the sudden disappearance of the boat, the merchant was shocked. He prayed to Lord Satyanarayana, asked him for his forgiveness and prayed to the Lord to take them out of this difficulty. The Lord said to the merchant, “Oh merchant, your daughter, in a hurry to meet her husband has left my prasadam. When she goes back and takes the prasad with due respect only then she will see her husband.” On hearing this, Kalawati ran home, ate the prasad offered respects to Lord Satyanarayana and came back to meet her husband. When the merchant saw this, he was very happy.

The merchant then performed Lord Satyanarayana’s vratha with his family every month from then onwards. They all gained the pleasures of life and after their death they got the ultimate gift of ‘Moksha’ (Salvation – Liberation from the cycle of life and death).
When I thought of starting this Bhajan series,I asked a question to myself,’ how many readers will enjoy this?’ These days the younger generation is not inclined to listen to such music,but then I remembered that everytime in the past,whenever I discussed any such Bhajans,there was a very enthusiastic response from our readers.It is not that every reader/visitor will write a comment on the song that he liked,because people enjoy the music but do not discuss it. Our experience tells us that there is a sizable number of readers who love to hear Bhajans of the old times.With one reader writing a comment ,there are at least 50 readers of the same opinion who do not write their comments.

There are hundreds of Bhajans waiting to be discussed,but I feel discussing more than 10 to 15 songs of one genre becomes rather monotonous for the readers as well,therefore I am stopping after this 12th bhajan in this series.
Hope to meet you again with some other series……may be….

Till then,listen to this exceptional song from film ” Mahapooja” aka ” Shri Satyanarayan ki Katha “-1954.


Song-Hey Satyanaarayaana swaami (Mahapooja)(1954) Singers-Amirbai Karnataki, Tara Baswani, Unknown male voice, Lyrics-Ramesh Gupta, MD-Shankar Rao Vyas
Chorus

Lyrics

Hey satyanaaraayan swaami
hamre dukh haro o
beda paar karo o
beda paar karo

tum ho dev daya ke saagar
ab uddhaar karo
beda paar karo o
beda paar karo

Ajar amar avichal avinaashi
ghat ghat ke waasi
Prabhu tum ghat ghat ke waasi ee
Janam janam se tumhre daras ki
ankhiyaan hain pyaasi
Prabhu ji ankhiyaan hain pyaasi
satya sanaatan param brahm hari
hum par kripa karo o
beda paar karo o

beda paar karo
Hey satyanaaraayan swaami
Hamre dukh haro o
beda paar karo o
beda paar karo

sada nand braahman ke
Prabhu ji tumne kasht harey
Prabhu ji tumne kasht harey
Lakadhaare bheel ke tumne
kaaraj siddh karey
Prabhu ji kaaraj siddh karey
Hai toofan mein jeevan naiya
kar patwaar dharo
beda paar karo o

beda par karo

Saadhu vaish ke bandhan kaate
sukh sampati deenhi
Swaami sukh sampati deenhi
ulkamukh raja par tumne
badi kripa keenhi
Prabhu ji badi kripa keenhi
Bure bhaley hum tumhre swaami
Vinay se dhyaan dharo
beda paar karo o
Beda paar karo

bolo satyanarayan dev ki
jai
Bolo satyanarayan dev ki
jai
Bolo satyanarayan dev ki
jai

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8 Responses to "Hey Satyanarayan swaami"

Congratulations Sir on your 300th Post…!!!

Thanks,Avinash ji.

Arun ji,

Many, many, many congratulations for this triple century milestone. Each of these three hundred articles is a mine full of information nuggets, many of which are not to be found anywhere else in print. I belive the entire community of Hindi film music lovers is highly indebted to you, for documenting such a vast knowledge base on this blog.

Many thanks. And look forward to many more hundreds of articles from you.

Affectionate regards
Sudhir

PS – About the (?) in the lyrics, the correct lines are as follows

The line
“?? mukhda ja par tumne”
should read
“Ulkamukh raja par tum ne”

‘Ulkamukh’ is the name of the king, who is one of the persons in the stories of Shri Satyanarayan Bhagwan, to be blessed by Him.

the line
“bure bhaley hum tumhre ??”
should read
“bure bhaley hum tumhre swami”

Sudhir ji,

Thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation. It would not have been possible but for the help,encouragement and cooperation of Atul ji,who provided all the lyrics and edited my articles. Thanks are also due for friends like you and others on this Blog who participated,discussed and noted their comments on the songs/informations provided. many times,I also learned some new things from these comments.
From today,I am embarking on categorising alphabetically the topics which I have covered in these 300 articles like info on singers,directors,film stories behind the scenes etc etc. When this mammoth work gets completed,we can get to the desired information from my articles in a minute. Though I have a copy of my every article(hand written & typed) I myself do not know which is found where.
This catalogue will be made available to whosoever wants. However I am worried as to how much time it will take-may be a month or two,perhaps…if I stop my activity on the Blog. let us see.
Thanks again.
-AD

Great idea Arunji, thinking of the amount of effort you need to do this … It would have frightened me.
Congrats on your triple century post 🙂

Arunji,
Hearty Congrats for the triple. Each post was thus thus se bhari info. Great effort and passion and obsession. Please carry on the good work.
Tara also sang:
Bolti Bulbul-1942; Char Ankhe-1944; .

Arunji,
Congratulations for reaching the 300 mark.
Was away for sometime. Hence the delay in going through your last post in this series. Thanks for the detail article on Satyanarayna pooja and the nice song. Very much enjoyed the Dwadasha Pushp mala.

Thanks,Venkataraman ji.
Today a new series has started ” THE JOY OF NFS “.
-AD

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