Lord Vishnu said, "Narada, I will tell you who
has performed this pooja in the past. A poor Brahmin lived in the beautiful city of Kashi. Plagued by the acute hunger
and thirst he used to wander about every where every day. After looking at that sad Brahmin the Lord felt
compassion for him. And, the Lord transformed himself into an old Brahmin and asked the poor Brahmin of the
beautiful city of Kashi, " Why are you wandering here and there like a sad person all the time? I would like
to know about you." Then the sad Brahmin of Kashi said, " I am very poor and go to places begging for alms.
Sir, please tell me any thing you know to end this situation. Then the Lord in the old man's form said, " The
Lord who is also known as Satyanarayana grants all the wishes and desires. So you perform His pooja which is
the best way to end the miseries of life and attain freedom." After explaining about the pooja the Lord disappeared.
The poor Brahmin decided to do the pooja and was thinking about the pooja so much that he could
not sleep. Then in the morning he got up for the Satyanarayan pooja and went for begging. That day he received lot
of money. The same day he performed the pooja with his relatives. Then the poor Brahmin got freedom from all sorts
of miseries and became wealthy. Since then he performed the pooja every month (as a regular practice or vrata) and
freed himself from all sorts of sins and attained the most difficult salvation.
So, Maharshi Sut continued, "whoever performs this pooja with devotion, will be free from the miseries.
This is what the lord Vishnu had told Narada about this pooja and I have told you the same, nothing else."
Once again all the sages asked to Maharshi Sut, "As all of us have faith, we would like to hear more about this pooja.
Who else had performed this pooja after this Brahmin?"
Sut said,"I will tell you who else have done this pooja. Listen to this. Once, this (now) wealthy Brahmin was performing
this pooja very happily with his relatives. At that time a wood cutter came (near his house). The wood cutter was very
thirsty and so he kept the bundle of his wood outside and entered the Brahmin's house. He saw the Brahmin performing
the pooja but did not understand what was going there. So, he asked the Brahmin what was he doing and what would be
the result of that. He requested the Brahmin to explain to him completely. Then the Brahmin replied, "This is Satyanarayan
pooja. This pooja fulfils all the wishes. With Satyanarayan's blessings I received all the Wealth."
The wood cutter learned the pooja later on. He ate the pooja prasad very happily, drank some water and left for the city
to sell the bundles of wood. He was thinking of Satyanarayan all the time. He decided to perform the pooja in the best
(possible) manner with money he would get by selling the wood bundles. Then he went to the city where the rich people
lived. That day he earned twice the amount. Then he bought ripe bananas of very good quality along with some milk, cream of
wheat and sugar and he came home. Then he performed the pooja with his relatives. As a result of this pooja he had all
the wealth which he enjoyed with his children and then he went to Heaven, the place of Satyanarayana.
This is the end of the second chapter of Satyanarayana story from the part called REVA of the epic book of SKANDHAPURANA.
Praise be to Shree Vishnu.
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