Satya Narayan (Hindu deity)
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|Affiliation||Deva, aspect of Vishnu|
|Mantra||Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (ॐनमोभगवतेवासुदेवाय)|
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Satya Narayan (or Thakur Shri Saty Narayan Ji) is a deva form of Vishnu who is worshipped by Hindus, mainly in the Indian states of Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Manipur and Tripura. His avatar is Krishna. Satya Narayan is part of a triad on the ratnavedi (jewelled platform).
Satya Narayan is honoured at the Saty Narayan Ji Temple (mandir) in Nabha, at the Rath Yatra Nabha, and as part of the Holi festival. The large chariots of Jagannath (another aspect of Vishnu) which are pulled during a Ratha-Yatra form the etymological origin of the English word juggernaut.
The present puja to the deva originated in the syncretism of Hindu and Sufi traditions in Bengal during the Middle Ages, when the Hindu Satya Narayan became the Muslim Satya Pir. The puja is also performed by some Buddhists in Bangladesh.
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