Sit facing East or North by the Bedi...
Recite the following mantra:
2) Offer flower or flower petals. (Pushpam = flowers)
Om idam pushpam – Om shree satyanarayana bhagavan namah
6) Offer prayers for forgiveness
Narada Muni said: "O Lord, in Manushyalok (the earth) everyone is suffering. People of various origins are greatly pained by suffering arising from their karma. Please tell me if there is an easy way to destroy their sufferings".
Shree Vishnu Bhagavan said: "O dear child, you have asked Me a great question for the benefit of all people. I will relate to you that which rids illusion and attachment. The vrat (penance) which is scarce in heaven and earth, that I will narrate to you due to My great affection for you. Anyone can do this great vrat of Shree Satya Narayan according to procedure and fulfil their just desires and quickly obtain liberation."
Shree Vishnu Bhagavan said: "O Narada Muni, this vrat destroys sufferings and increases wealth. It augments good fortune and family, as well as bestows victory. People with faith and devotion should perform the puja of Shree Satya Narayan with the company of brahmans, friends and relatives. Make a canopy with only pillars decorated with festoons. Within should be placed five water filled kalash (Lota/chumbu). Decorate the canopy with flower garlands and place seven types of dry foods - rice, barley, wheat, mung, black mung, kaang and Til seeds. Cover the canopy with silk cloths. The floor should be decorated with a beautiful pattern with scented sandalwood paste. Play musical instruments such as conch and drums. Enjoy the evening with family and friends. With the intention of doing the vrat in the evening, wake up early in the morning, have a bath and complete one's daily duties. Then prepare a Deity of Shree Vishnu Bhagavan and Lakshmi devi.
HERE ENDS THE FIRST CHAPTER OF REVA KHAND OF THE SHREE SATYANARAYAN KATHA FROM THE SHREE SKANDA PURANA.
Additional notes of the Satya Narayan Katha
Thus by eating a vegetarian diet or fasting on full moon day, this lowers the acidic content in our body system, which helps human beings retain their mental balance. By fasting or eating light vegetarian food, one is also giving the body a rest. When the body is at rest, the mind is also at rest thus it will not be prone to irritation or outbursts of anger. Fruits and vegetables also have about 60% water, thus we are aligning ourselves.