A new home means new beginnings and in the Indian culture entering a new home holds a lot of importance. Griha Pravesh is a Hindu ceremony performed at the time of entering a new home by an individual or family.
What is Griha Pravesh and its importance?
In Hindu culture, it is believed that the home is a living being, where negative forces can enter and take shelter inside during vacancy – even if the home is brand new. Griha Pravesh Puja or Housewarming ceremony is about recognizing these negative entities and purifying the space of the negative energy and filling it up with good, positive energy and vibes so that the family can have a new peaceful beginning with positive energy.
When to perform it?
It is believed that performing griha Pravesh on shubh muharat makes life easier with minimum struggles and brings good fortune and happiness to the family after moving to the new house. Once when the house is ready to move in, Pujari / Pandit fixes a date and time for the Griha Pravesh. This is known as the Muhurta. The Pujari fixes the date based on the owner’s Horoscope.
Days that are most auspicious for such muhurats are Akshaya Tritiya, Vasant Panchami, Uttarayana,, Dussehra, Gudi Padwa while days like Holi, Shraddha Paksha, Ashada/Adi Masa, and Adhikmas are to be avoided.
Dusheraa muharat does not even require an auspicious time, as every moment of Dussehra is considered auspicious.
Griha Pravesh should be performed only when the construction of the house is complete and it’s ready to shift. Also make sure that the house is Vastu-compliant, according to Vastu, a house is made up of five elements – the sun, water, earth, fire, and wind, and the proper alignment is crucial for happiness, good health, and prosperity.
Things to be done on Griha Pravesh puja day
Decorate the entrance
On the day of Griha Pravesh puja, the front entrance of the house is decorated with toran of marigold and fresh mango tree leaves and flowers. People can also put a Swastik symbol or Goddess Lakshmi’s feet on the main door, as these signify prosperity and luck.
Clean the entire home
The day before the ceremony the entire home is cleaned thoroughly to make it look welcoming and it will invite positivity and good energy into new home. Mop every corner of the home before starting the puja and after cleaning lock the house. No piece of furniture should be there before puja except light and fan.
Collect all items for puja
After the date is fixed, the pujari gives a list of items needed for the pooja.
These may include, turmeric, betel leaves, betel nuts, Kumkum powder, camphor, incense, coconuts, pumpkin, Ash Gourd, Navadhanya (9 types of grains), oil for lamps, milk, rice grains, sugar, Kalasa (a pot), pictures of your deity, pieces of cloth, lamp, bells, Gomutra (cow-urine), cotton wicks, new utensil, new cooking spoon, new gas stove, a gas cylinder, jaggery, etc.
Purify the home
Purify the home by sprinkling the entire home with Gangajal as Gangajal is believed to have purifying energy that removes negative vibes from the home
Make a rangoli
Rangolis are synonymous with auspicious and festive events and are believed to attract wealth and prosperity. Using rice flour and rangoli colors draw one near the entrance in a way that it does not hamper the way of people entering the house.
How to perform Griha Pravesh puja
- On an auspicious day, a few hours before the Muhurta, all the items are assembled and the Pujari starts his rituals in advance and prepares for the Griha – Pravesh.
- At the Muhurta time, the owner of the house amidst chanting of mantras, breaks a coconut on the Gadapa, the doorway, lights camphor on the pumpkin and smashes it in front of the main door, and enters the house with a picture of a deity.
- The Pujari continues reciting mantras and the owner with the deity picture and his family behind him will go into the kitchen. While entering the kitchen, a coconut is broken at the door, kumkum and turmeric are applied to the coconut, and the Navadhanya is sprinkled across the room. The same will be followed in the whole house except the bathrooms.
- After this, the Pujari will proceed to the north-east part of the house and begin preparations for the Ganesh Pooja and Vastu Pooja.
- Some amount of Gomutra (Cow Urine) is also sprinkled in the house as it is considered auspicious.
- Once the Vastu-Pooja is underway, the lady of the house goes to the kitchen, lights up the new gas stove, and then in a new utensil will boil the milk till it overflows. All the ladies in the family put a handful of grains in the utensil and the lady of the house will make a sweet-rice preparation which is then offered in the Vastu Pooja.
- On completion of the Vastu Pooja, Ash gourd is washed and a turmeric paste is applied to it and it is hung over the main entrance. This is to protect the house from Boora Nazar / Disti Dosham.
- Vastu Pooja is considered as completion of Griha Pravesh but many people do undertake the Vastu Homam, it’s a kind of fire sacrifice to neutralize the effects of any Vastu Doshas.
- After the Vastu Homam is completed, the Pujari takes the ashes and makes a paste from it, and applies a tilak on every door of the house.
- Generally, Satyanarayan Vrat is undertaken after a Griha Pravesh.
- If the House Warming Ceremony is done at the night, the Satyanarayan Vrat is performed in the morning. If the Griha Pravesh Muhurat is after midnight, the Satya Narayan Vrat is done in the morning.
- After the ceremony, the owner and his family must spend a minimum of three nights in the house.
These rituals which may vary from region to region still resonates the same vibes of a happy beginning. To construct a house in today’s world is a mark of your success that defines your worthiness, Every man’s house is a fortress in his eyes, a dream for many and a reality for some, A place of dwelling, is like a temple that commands the respect it deserves and SAMBHRAMAA will give the right amount of it for its inaugural ceremony
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