There is also a temple for Sri Satyanarayana Swamy at Annavaram, near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh where this vratam is performed every day. This puja is usually performed on the Purnima day of every month. It is also performed on special occasions and during times of achievements as an offering of gratitude to the Lord. These occasions could include marriage, graduation, start of a new job, and the purchase of a new home to name a few. In addition, the performance of this most auspicious puja generally confers a child to couples trying to start a family.

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The word, panchali, originates from pavchal or pavchalika, meaning puppet. Others believe that the word refers to the five elements of this genre: song, music, extempore versifying, poetic contests, and dance. In earlier times, it also included a puppet dance. In the 18thth centuries, the puppet dance was dropped.

Instead, the main singer would dance, wearing nupur anklet bells , and holding a flywhisk and cymbals. At times he would act the part of different characters. The ramayana , mahabharata , mangalkavya and similar narrative verses were often recited in the style of panchali.

Some legends also used to be recited in a similar fashion. Panchali subjects include ancient legends and folk tales as well as contemporary topics. One principal singer would enact the main story with recitation, rhymes and songs. In course of the evolution of the panchali, more singers joined the principal singer to play such instruments as mrdabga tabor , dhol drum and kanshi bell-metal gong.

The panchali underwent some changes towards the close of the 18th century when poetic contests, physical gestures and acting were introduced. In the 19th century dialogue for the principal singer was added as was the character of a clown who used to generate laughter by mimicking different social oddities through songs, recitation of rhymes or dances.

Most popular among the social issues were remarriage of women, income tax problems, and the members of Young Bengal who were opposed to idol worship. The panchali later gave birth to the popular jatra songs. He used to be a professional kaviyal or versifier. The influence of kavigan may be noticed in the panchali of manomohan bose.

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It was founded in by scholar and philanthropist Mahesh Chandra Bhattacharya , by expanding the earlier private library of a Sanskrit school called the Ishwar Pathsala Tol. A section of year-old manuscripts written on banana leaves, Tulot paper and palm leaves on the shelf. Many of the manuscripts were donated by local families who gave up their home libraries on the eve of the British colonial period for the sake of preserving them. This Rammala Library is enriched with 12, printed books and 8, hand-written books on literature, culture, history, geography, philosophy, religion and other branches of knowledge. The collection of hand-written books manuscript is mostly the literature of Medieval Period and from the early modern period roughly AD. Furthermore, this library preserves rare Bangla magazines.


SatyaNarayan Katha In English

Symbolism of Satyanarayan Puja Lord Satyanarayan is depicted as the being of truth. The true worship of Satyanarayan involves practice of truth and commitment to truth in all aspects of life. It is a promise to god to live life truthfully and honestly because that leads to liberation. Truth should be practiced spiritually and physically through rituals. The Satyanarayan puja is an embodiment of this- to be true to yourself and live truthfully. Being false leads to darkness, ignorance and suffering. Being truthful leads to light, wisdom and eventually liberation.

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