The auspicious event of entering a new house is called Griha Pravesh in Hindu Tradition. Sacred Vedic texts lay great importance on conducting a ceremony before starting to live a life in the house that is newly built. Vaastu Shastra mentions that the house remains fit to reside and conduct ceremony only when the doors are fitted well, the roof is covered and the house is protected with walls and the vaastu deities are propitiated in a due manner. After the house is complete, muhurtam or an auspicious time is fixed to enter into the house based on astrological calculations. Highly favorable months to move into a new house are: Magha month (January-February) for wealth gain, Phalguna month (February-March) for good children and accumulation of wealth, Baisakh month (April-May) for growth of wealth and prosperity, Jyeshta month (May-June) for birth of son and owning cattle or luxuries.
The purchasing of a new Home is one of the most important stages of life and this ritual and custom of Griha Pravesh Puja is mandatory for every Hindu believer or follower. It’s believed as per Astrological and Vedic science that a newly bought home may have the sin of millions of deaths of organisms over it during the process of construction. Additionally, the land on which it’s built can be impure and it can infest negativity and evil forces. The Griha Pravesh puja is a precautionary measure to fortify the safety of your Home and its family members while assuring the nurturing of positivity and prosperity in the Home premises. It is basically conciliation with the Gods and Goddesses to keep a safe watch on the fortune of the Home and its members.
Griha Pravesh Puja brings peace, good fortune and harmony in the life of the members staying in the new House. The Griha Pravesh Havan or Griha Pravesh Yagya is a part of the Griha Pravesh Puja. It purifies the mind, body and soul of the members of the House and also, purifies and spiritualizes the surrounding and environment of the Home with holy vibe and a divine ambiance. It also marks an auspicious beginning of the new phase of life of the members of the House and for this purpose only Ganesh Puja is performed while conducting the Griha Pravesh Puja. It also removes all the obstacles. Kalash Sthapana Puja which is a part of the Griha Pravesh Puja is performed to accomplish the worship of everything in the universe. The Griha Pravesh Puja is a part of the Vastu Shanti Puja and is done in order to appease the Gods and planets so that the owner of the house is blessed with good fortune and all the planets i.e. Navagraha and Vastu God is also worshipped so that no harm can be caused either to the home or it’s inmates.
Purchasing a new home. Renovating an older home. Renting a house. Bride entering the groom’s home.
A process or ceremony for a particular Puja varies as per the community, language and location of the devotee performing the Puja. Similarly, the procedure for Griha Pravesh mentioned here might or might not vary but we along with our panel of Pandits have formulated a generalized Griha Pravesh Puja Vidhi i.e. Griha Pravesh Process for a devotee which is as mentioned below:
The Nariyal-Kalash preparation is done and the appropriate mantras are chanted and then, the Kalash Puja is performed. The entrance or the door’s Puja is performed i.e. Dwar Pujan. Again, the names of Lord Ganesha are chanted and the Man of the House takes the Ganesha idol inside the Home while the Woman of the House carries the Nariyal-Kalash over her head and takes it inside the Home. Lord Ganesha’s idol or photo, Cow’s idol and the Nariyal-Kalash is placed over a heap of rice laid over a red cloth on an aasan inside the Home. The Vastu Gods are worshipped i.e. Vastu Shanti Puja along with the nine planets i.e. Navagraha Puja. Lady of the Home worships the Kitchen by boiling milk until it boils out to portray abundance. The Panchamrut i.e. a mixture of milk, water, ghee, honey and curd is sprinkled in all corners of the House. Laxmi-Narayan Puja or Vishnu Sahasranamam is performed. That night is a compulsion for the devotees sitting in the Puja to sleep at their new Home.