Indians are generally particular about shubh muhurats, when it comes to buying a property or shifting to a new house. They believe that performing a griha pravesh ceremony on an auspicious day, will bring them good fortune.
A griha pravesh ceremony is performed, when one enters a new home for the first time. “It is important, not just for the owner but also for the entire family. According to Vastu, a house is made up of five elements – the sun, earth, water, fire and wind and the proper alignment of these elements in a house, brings happiness, good health and prosperity.
“It is believed that entering a home during an auspicious time, makes life easy and there will be minimum struggle for the family, after moving into the new house. Days that are most favourable for such muhurats are Vasant Panchami, Akshaya Tritiya, Gudi Padwa, Dussehra (also known as Vijayadashmi), while days like Uttarayana, Holi, Adhikmas and Shraddha Paksha are to be avoided,”
Dos and don’ts for performing a griha pravesh
The griha pravesh should be done, only when the new house is ready for the family to shift into it and reside. “The house should be fully done up. It should be freshly painted and the roof should be ready (if it is an independent house). The doors, windows and other fittings too, should be complete,” says Nitien Parmar, a Vastu consultant of Vastu Plus.
“The main door, which is the entry point for prosperity and good vibes into the house, has to be decorated with auspicious symbols like a swastika and Laxmi feet, drawn on the threshold. A toran (originating from the Sanskrit word ‘torana’, meaning the sacred gateway), which is made of fresh mango leaves and marigold flowers, should be hung on the doorway. The temple in the house should be in the north-east zone and should be fixed on day of the house warming,” advises Parmar.
The griha pravesh ceremony can be simple or elaborate, depending upon the home owner. Usually, a havan is conducted, to purify the space cleanse it of negative forces. A Ganesh puja, Navagraha Shanti, which means worship of the nine planets and a Vastu puja, are generally performed. One should also serve food to the priests and family and friends, who are invited on this day. Once the house warming ceremony has been performed, the owners can then move into the new house.
- First of find out an auspicious date for the puja as per the Hindu calendar.
- Once the date is fixed, clean the house and decorate it with flowers and draw a rangoli at the entrance.
- Enter the house with the photo of Ganesh in your hand and place him on the north eastern corner of your house.
- Light two lamps in front of the idol and offer him sweets, flowers and fruits as prasad. You can also place a pot filled with Ganga water or water from any other river source in a copper pot in front of the idol. If you are following this ritual, then make sure you place four mango leaves on the mouth the pot and cover the opening with a coconut.
- Hand a garland made from mango leaves at the main entrance to ward off negative energy.
- Light a fire in the kitchen and boil over milk in a new vessel. Once the milk has boiled over add some rice and sugar in it and distribute it as prasad among guests.
- Perform some mangal arti in front of the idol, by lighting a camphor lamp. You can also blow a conch shell or just ring bells both of which have a very pleasant effect on the surrounding.
- You can then proceed to break the coconut from the pot and distribute it as prasad to guests. Sprinkle the water from the pot with the help of mango leaves everywhere in the house.
- Last but not the least; do not leave your house for at least three days after the puja is completed.
"We are so happy in our new house because of Acharya Ji. First we took his help in house Vastu then we did Griha Pravesh by his advice. Thank God we just met right person and he gave us right advices and we so happy today."
Mr. Rajesh Srivastava, Faridabad