Satyanārāyaṇa-vrata This is an extremely popular vrata (religious rite), almost all over the country, especially among the lower middle class people and women. It can be done on any day, preferably on Purṇimā, Saṅkrānti or Ekādaśī days, the places being a temple, bank of a river, under the vaṭa or aśvattha trees or in one’s own house. The quantity of naivedya (food offering) is fixed at 1-j (for e.g., 1.25 kgs). The ingredients of this special naivedya are: plantains, ghee, milk, wheat or rice flour, jaggery or sugar. They are all to be mixed up to prepare the naivedya. Apart from the elaborate worship of the deity, listening to the stories about the greatness of this vrata, keeping vigil the whole night with devo¬tional songs and devotional dances are also recommended.