Griha Pravesha

“Griha” means house and “Pravesha” means entering. It is basically a purification rite performed before one starts living in a house. Grihapravesha is the most important ceremony in the sequence of events while constructing a house.

“Griha” means house and “Pravesha” means entering. It is basically a purification rite performed before one starts living in a house. Grihapravesha is the most important ceremony in the sequence of events while constructing a house.

It is a ceremony to purify the house and thereby consecrate the house with the presence of the Lord. It is also a gesture of gratitude to the Lord for allowing you to build/own a house and also a prayer to keep the house and its dwellers safe and happy.

Types of House warming rituals:
Apoorva - The house is constructed on a newly selected land.
Sapoorva - Entering into a resold house.
Dwandwah - The house is repaired or renovated.
An auspicious day and time (Muhurtham) is chosen depending on the movement of the Sun. It is considered best when the Sun moves northwards- Uttarayana. Amavasi (no moon day) and Tuesdays are not suitable for this ceremony. A number of Poojas are performed on this day to bring fortune to the family.

Ganapathi Homam: This Pooja is done to remove any obstacles and any hindrances for the happy dwelling in the new house. Lord Ganesha is invoked and his blessing are sought.

Navagraha Homam: It is believed that the nine planets have a lot of influence on the house. Navagraha Homam is done to seek their blessings.

GO pooja: GO or cow is considered as a sacred animal and its blessings are also sought on this day.

Vastu Pooja: This Pooja activates the energy centers in the house and makes it optimum for residing. During the construction, owner would have knowingly or unknowingly harmed/displaced many living beings residing on the plot. It is also a way of Kshama Yachana (seeking forgiveness) from these living beings by the owner for any sins committed by him.

Vastu Shanti/Griha Shanti: This is a Homam performed to eradicate the negative energies, instil positive vibrations and a peaceful environment.
The main things needed for the Grihapravesha Pooja are:
• Kalash or a copper pot filled with water (preferably Gangajal).
• Mango leaves stringed together to be hanged on the main door.
• Hawan kund.
• Ghee.
• Fruits/flowers.
• Idols of your family deity ( or any God you prefer)
• Turmeric, Kumkum, Chandan etc.
• Milk vessel with milk.
• Coconut.

On the auspicious day of Grihapravesha, before sunrise, Punyaha (purification) is performed for the Vastu Shudhi and then Ganpathi Pooja is conducted.
The lady of the house then enters the house with the copper Kalash full of water, with her right foot inside first. The husband follows with the idols of Gods and Goddesses. The children then enter with groceries and other needful things which signify prosperity. Next the relatives and friends enter the house.
Once the idols are enshrined in the Pooja room, the priest will proceed to the central part of the house which is considered as the Brahmasthana (place where the Supreme one resides) and seeks the blessings of the Vastu Purusha. He then starts the Navagraha Shanthi Homam and Vasthu Pooja. The aromatic fumes from the Homam is allowed to spread all around the house.
A cow (preferably Indian) is decorated with flowers and Tilak. It is made to visit each room in the house and bless the house.
The lady of the house boils the milk in the kitchen and lets it overflow. This is symbolic to abundance of health, wealth and happiness. The boiled milk is shared between the family members.
After the rituals, a grand feast is organized for the family, friends and also for all the people (including the construction workers) who helped in building the house. This is also a form of gratitude towards them, for their co-operation in fulfilling the owner’s wish.

Pooja Vidhi (Proceduce)
1. Ganapathi Pooja
2. Punyahavachana
3. Ritwick Varanam
4. Kalasha Pooje
5. Yantra Aaradhana
6. Gana, Navagraha and Vaastu Homa
7. Griha Shanti Rakshyogna and Aghorastra Homa
8. Gow (Cow) Pooje
09. Poornahuti
10. Aashirwada

Materials Include:
1. Daana items (Vastra, Dhana and cereals)
2. Homa utensils (Homa kunda, Homa Spoons, Homa fuel (Sacred woods, Ghee and Camphor), Homa sacrifice (charu), Poornahuti items
3. Kalasha Samagri ( Kalasha vessels, Coconuts, Vastra, cereals, Darbhe)
4. Flowers, Fruits and Coconuts for the pooja
Number of Purohits: 4

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