WHAT IS SAPTAHA OR SRIMAD BHAGAVATA SAPTAHA
Just like marriage celebrations, we need to celebrate the "Saptaha" and for this correct muhurtam has to be taken after discussing with correct "Vaishnava Brahmana"
Most auspicious months for Srimad Bhagavatam pravachnam are as below:
1. Nabhasya (Bhadrapada)
2. Ashwina (Ashwija)
3. Urrja (Kartika)
4. Margashirsha (Margashira)
5. Suchihi (Ashada)
6. Nabhaha (Shravana)
That is Ashada to Margashirsha
In other months can also be done, but above are very auspicious months compared to other months.
Among the above six auspicious months, "Bhadrapada" is the most important and very auspicious month for the Srimad Bhagavata shravana.
First and foremost, that is in the initial stage, the organizer should make propaganda about the Srimad Bhagavata shravan (pravachana) and give invitation to all real Vaishnavagan for "Saptaha". Anybody can come starting from Brahmahagan, Kshtriyagan, Vysyagan, Shudragan and even the Chandalagan can come for the shravana of the Srimad Bhagavata. But only thing is that he / she should be a Sri Krishna bhaktagan, that is a real Vaishnava.
The place where the "Saptaha" will take place should be a large place, so that maximum people can be accommodated.
In the first, the place should be cleaned very very well. Even in a house, it can be done if the organizer is not dhanika (that is as per the yogita).
A tall mantapa with beautiful decorations with multiple flowers, tulsi, fruits, etc should be done. Bharatiya sampradaaya flags has to be hoisted. Seven steps (staircase type) has to be done for the mantapa. This is to explain that above our bhoodevi (mother earth), there are seven loka (planets).
The organizer should invite the shuddha Vaishnava bhaktaadi to sit near the beautifully decorated mantapa. They should be given clean and beautiful sitting place (wooden plank). The Vaktaru (Srimad Bhagavatam story teller) should sit either facing purva (east) or uttara (north) and the people who are listening should sit either uttara or purva. If this is not possible, than the people should sit facing the Vaktaru.
Somebody who is having the Vairagya in his life should be a Vaktaru (Srimad Bhagavatam story teller) and not from someone who is only interested in the samsara. Vaktaru should be a shuddha (pure) bhakta. He should be very close and dear to Sri Krishna. He should have got Sri Hari anugraha. One should be careful to choose the correct Vaktaru as, one should not listen from just anyone who has read the Srimad Bhagavatam. Should listed from only whom who has given whole of his life to Sri Mahavishnu and who is the parishuddha Vaishnava and who has the confidence and capability to understand the Srimad Bhagavatam in the correct and right way. Also, someone who listens the Srimad Bhagavatam should test the Vaktaru about his reality and real capability and how the Vaktaru has understood the Srimad Bhagavatam and especially about his bhakti towards Sri Rama. Vaktaru should be a great bhakta off course, but with this, Vaktaru should also must be always loving Sri Krishna. he should have the deep knowledge about Srimann Narayana (one should remember that nobody is this unlimited universes have the capability to understand completely about Sripati, including Sri Mahalakshmi Devi, Sri Brahmadeva, Sri Rudra Deva etc). That Vaktaru should love Srimad Bhagavatam 24 hours a day and also whole of his life. Vaktaru should be capable of giving discourses very very very well and with beautiful and correct words. We should follow someone who explains in such a way, so that if the Vaktaru is explaining about Srimad Bhagavatam, that the whole Srimad Bhagavatam should be like happening in-front of us, that is just like it should be be that all is happening in-front of our eyes. With such kind of Guru (Vaktaru), who has this most special capability and full bhakti, we should listen the full Srimad Bhagavatam.
Should never listen from such person, who comes and tells about the Srimad Bhagavatam for dakshina (money). Should hear Srimad Bhagavatam from such a Guru who doesn't has any apeksha (expectations). In few words if we need to explain about the Guru, than that Guru should be a shuddha bhakta of Sri Vishnu.
Should never listed from such people who are kutsitagan in there swabhava. Those are the people who tell asl per their own knowlege and those who doesn't have the correct nirnaya to make what is correct and what is wrong. Someone, who goes behind women, should never ever listen the Srimad Bhagavatam from such person. Should never listen from such a person who is a paakhandi, that is who tells Srimad Bhagavatam which is completely incorrect and which is against the real Srimad Bhagavatam (that is against our Shastra). He may be a big Pandita, but should never ever listen Srimad Bhagavatam from such paakhandi. We should even never listen even a shloka from such people.
Beside the correct Guru (Vaktaru), another supporting (junior Guru, junior Vaktaru) should be present and this Vaktaru should have the capability of answering the questions of the people in the audience.
The organizer (main person) should do the "skhaura" (shaving) one day before the starting of the Srimad Bhagavatam and should do the sandhyaavandane. Should do Sri Ganapati pooja and should give tarpana to all of his pitrugan (ancestors). To make his anga (body) and aatma (soul) purify, he should do the "godaana" (donating cows). Than he should take bath in the nearby river (if possible in Ganga nadi or any theerta sthla nadi). Should make arrangements of another mantapa in which the organizer should keep the Sri Bhagavan Sri Krishna statue and do staapana of saaligrama. Should do Sri Bhagavanta pooja and later should do Sri Pramatma stotram. Should pray to Sri Krishna that, "I have fallen in the samsara and thus please remove me from this samsara and give me mukti / moksha". Later the organizer should do the pooja of the Sri Bhagavatam granta with full bhakti with prakadshana and while standing on right side of Sri Bhagavatam granta, the organizer should pray to Sri Krishna to bless him in such a way that he should understand the Srimad Bhagavatam with each akshara and get the praksha and get rid of all agnana. Also, should pray to Sri Krishna that, in next seven days I am going to hear the Srimad Bhagavatam, so kindly give me blessings to get all the ishta prasadam to me. We should seek blessings from Sri Krishna to show the path of gnana. This we should do in full bhakti (with dainya).
Now the organizer should do pooja of the "Vaktaru", who will be reciting the Srimad Bhagavatam. The organizer should give correct seating place and new clothes to him. We should seek blessings from him by telling that in you, Sri Shukacharya is present, in you Sri Narada Maharushi is present, in you Sri Sanakaadi are present. You know all th shastra. Please give us the teachings and give as given in Srimad Bhagavatam only. Later, we should do achamana and should do sankalpa like in next seven days, I (organizer) will do upavaasa for all seven days or will eat just once in a day or will eat just tuppa (ghee) or will eat just fruits or will drink just milk for all the seven days or I will do whatever possible as per my yogita. I will do my best possible service towards Sri Rama. We should clean the legs of the Vaktaru and same paadodaka we should shower on ourselves and on all the people who have come on this most special occasion.
Later the organizer should request the pancha (five) Brahmana to chant Sri Vasudeva Dvadakshaasara mantra, so that for next seven days, the Srimad Bhagavatam should be recited / explained for next seven days without any vigna (hindrance). We all know that Vaktaru is sitting, thus we should do pooja of the Vaktaru or somebody who is better in yogita of this Vaktaru first, and later to the Srimad Bhagavatam reciting Vaktaru. Than we should do pooja of those pancha Brahmana. Later, the organizer should do namaskara to all the other Brahmanagan, Vaishnavagan and all others we have gathered in that place. With this, the organizer should sit near the Vaktaru to start listening of the Srimad Bhagavatam.
The organizer should forget everything, what he wants to do like his business, the worldly works etc and should give 100% concentration towards Srimad Bhagavatam recitation from the Vaktaru. Such purusha will get shrestta blessings from Sri Hari.
Srimad Bhagavatam should be explained very clearly, loudly, so that all can hear without any problems. Later, during the afternoon, a break of one muhurta (48 minutes) should be taken for food and other things. One should always remember that food should be taken very very limitedly. Also, one should remember that if one is not able to do full upavasa, than he / she can have limited food and thus carefully & with full bhakti should make shravana (hear) the Srimad Bhagavatam. The Srimad Bhagavatam says the purusha who does upavasa and doesn't do shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam is of no use. He can have some, but limited food and than can listen with utmost bhakti, instead just listening Srimad Bhagavatam without bhakti. But one should remember that the people or purusha who does the shravana of the great Srimad Bhagavatam with highest bhakti (with upavasa or without upavasa, but limited food) only will get full blessings, instead the purusha with less bhakti or no bhakti (this is until we do full shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam).
Note: Here, there is no niyama that one should do shravana (hear) the Srimad Bhagavatam in just seven days. Instead, more time can be taken, but it should be done with complete bhakti and carefulness.
It should be noted, someone who is not a Vaishnava, one who doesn't have the Vaishnava Tilaka, one who doesn't apply Gopi Chandana or someone who is a non-believer of Sri Krishna etc shouldn't do the Srimad Bhagavatam shravana.
Also, someone who want to do shravan of Srimad Bhagavatam should follow Bhramacharya vrata for all seven days, one should never eat in a plate other than the leaf and one should never eat before or during the shravana. But may have highly limited food during the break one muhurta time.
One should leave all mada, matsarya, ahankaara, lobha etc to do shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam.
The organizer must not do ninde of Vaishnavagan, Brahmanagan, Go maata, Sri Krishna, Sri Bhagavottamagan or anybody who make shravan of Srimad Bhagavatam with utmost bhakti. One should have daya, one should be good to all, one should speak very less and if anybody who speaks also it should be about Sri Krishna only. Such purusha have all the rights to make shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam.
Someone who makes the katha (Srimad Bhagavatam katha) vighna, like if anyone who speaks unwanted and unnecessary words during the shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam will take birth as a pishacha in the next birth. Thus, one should be highly careful on this situation. With this, one should follow the mounaacharane.
The purusha who make shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam, should be an udaara mano bhava purusha from his mana (mind). Should do daana-dharma. Such purusha, have all the rights to make sharavana of Sri Hari's Srimad Bhagavatam.
One who is daridra, should make shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam with full bhakti and utmost interest, than he gets the ashirvaada of Srimann Narayana and all his daridrapana will get maaya from his life.
If someone is infected with diseases like kshayaroga (or any disease), should listen Srimad Bhagavatam with complete bhakti to get rid of that roga slowly and definitely to get back to his / her normal health.
Anyone who has lost the bhagya, should listen to Srimad Bhagavatam to get back his soubhagya.
If one doesn't have children, should hear Srimad Bhagavatam and definitely they will be blessed with Bhagavottama children.
All these above are material. But, someone who want moksha / mukti should listen to Srimad Bhagavatam.
A girl who doesn't have the qualities of a woman, will get her charm to be a real pushpavati if she makes shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam.
One should make sure if a lady is pregnant, than such a lady should make shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam. With this a real Vaishnava baby will be born who will be a great bhakta / bhakte of Sri Hari.
Someone who is losing the baby during pregnancy or during the procreate time should listen to Srimad Bhagavatam, than the baby will be born which will be a healthy and also a real follower of Sri Krishna.
One should note that, someone who is doing one koti (crore) yagna, will get same phala (fruit) for listening just once Srimad Bhagavatam, but definitely same has to be done with utmost bhakti.
Now coming back, both the Vaktaru and the organizer should do udyaapana. If someone who doesn't have money, than that person can do upyaapana from his mana (mind / heart). Sri Krishna will always be happy with bhakti and nothing else.
If someone if having money, than that purusha should do udyaapana as per his yogita (both Vaktaru and organizer).
As a purusha does during the Janumastami (Sri Krishna Janumastami), same type of udyaapana one should do during the shravana of Srimad Bhagavatam, but definitely with full bhakti.
Than finally after the seven day of Srimad Bhagavatam shravana, the pooja of the Srimad Bhagavatam granta and the pooja of the Vaktaru has to be done.
Everyone, who is present during this auspicious time, should be given the prasadam with the tulasi which was put on to Sri Krishna paada.
Sankeertana should be done with the mrudanga vaadya.
All present should say Jai Jai to Srimad Bhagavatam, Jai Jai to Sri Krishna, Jai Jai to Sri Vedavyasa Deva, Jai Jai Sri Shukamuni, Jai Jai to Sri Narada Maharushi, Jai Jai to Sanakaadi Muni, Jai Jai to Parikshita Maharaja, Jai Jai to Sri Shounakaadi Muni, Jai Jai to Sri Madaanandateerthabhagavadpaadacharyaa Ji, Jai Jai to all who have given the whole of there life to Srimad Bhagavatam, Jai Jai to all the Sri Daasagan. Namaskaara to all. One should proudly and with utmost bhakti should chant the above. With this, the shankhanaada to be done to glorify the greatness of Srimad Bhagavatam and Sri Krishna.
Should donate food to all the needy and all to those who seek the food. He / She may be a Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vysya,Shudra, Chandaala etc, to anyone to everyone who follow Sri Krishna.
Than finally, the next day (eighth day), the Srimad Bhagavadgeeta has to be recited. One who is virakta or a real bhakta on the eighth day Srimad Bhagavadgeeta vaachya (to recite) has to be done. Also, on eighth day the homa has to be done with the shloka which are given in the 10th skanda using tila, payasam, honey, ghee etc and or with Gayatri havana (Sri Gayatri mantra).
Or if someone who doesn't have money to do homa, than just tila, payasam, honey, ghee, dravya daana has to be done as per yogita.
Thus, we will get the full prasaada (ashirvaada) of the saptaha and homa.
If we have money, we can do all the above or if we don't have money, best possible things has to be done as per the yogita.
Finally if any nyunate (drawbacks / mistakes) has happen, than we should do the Sri Vishnusahasranaama japa. Thus everything will be saphala.
First, SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM -----> SRIMAD BHAGAVAD GEETA -----> SRI VISHNUSAHASRANAAMA phatthana has to be done.
Thus finally the organizer has to thanks to Sri Krishna that, with dvadaksha akshara phatthana, everything has happened with nirvighna. The organizer should seek dvadaksha Bhagavad chintana with dvadaksha (12) Brahmana. The organizer should donate bhojana to all these Brahmanagan. If we have money, we can do suvarna, rajata, go daana to all the Brahmanagan.
To complete the Srimad Bhagavatam, if the organizer has the dravya (money), than that organizer can make the suvarna peetha. Later, the Srimad Bhagavatam granta should be kept on that suvarna aasana (simhaasana) and with bhakti, pooja has to be done to the Srimad Bhagavatam granta which is been kept on the aasana. Later this simhasana has to be given in the form of daana to a shrestta-shrestta Brahmana, who has mad the shravana of the great Srimad Bhagavatam with complete bhakti. To that Vaktaru, the organizer has to make daana of that simhaasana. If such daana is done, than the organizer will be free from the bhava bandha.
Thus if the organizer makes all the above than that purusha will get all the dharma, artha, kaama and finally the moksha / mukti. That is the greatness of the great Srimad Bhagavatam.
Sri Gurubhyo Namaha
Om Sri Krishnaaya Namaha