Now that you have bought a new house and doing your grih pravesh puja, congratulations are in order! But converting this building of bricks and mortar into a home is actually a process; a process that makes you involved spiritually as well as emotionally. When it comes to connecting yourself with your house, Samskara Home offers you the most traditional and aesthetic items that you could adorn your house with, helping you to transform your house to a beautiful home.
In the life of a Hindu, religion and spirituality have always played a vital role. From birth till death, every important milestone of our life involves some or the other religious activity. Taking blessings from the gods and goddesses, as well as from the ancestors and forefathers is an inseparable part of our lives. And these blessings are sought through various religious activities such as Pooja, havan or just a simple aarti.
Before we get into the details, let’s first understand the significance of Griha Pravesh Puja -
The celebration of getting the new house typically begins with the blessings of the Almighty, through a series of religious activities starting with the griha pravesh Pooja. For many, the Griha pravesh ceremony is a dream come true, and is definitely one of the bigger milestones in one’s life. The grih pravesh puja is done to summon the gods into our home, and bless the dwellers so that they lead a successful and prosperous life in that house. This ceremony is done in order to seek the blessings of our beloved gods and goddesses, beginning with Lord Ganesha. It is believed that the ceremony brings positive energies into the house, and empowers the home owners to fight all the odds in life.
A home griha pravesh Pooja is typically conducted before entering a new house, and is called the “apoorva griha pravesh”. But when someone is entering a house that was formerly owned by someone else, the griha pravesh Pooja is called as “sapoorva griha pravesh”. This Pooja can also be done if the house was empty for a long time. Dwadwah grih pravesh puja is done by the families who are entering a house that has undergone a major renovation, or reconstruction after some serious damage (natural or accidental).
Which day is the best to perform the griha pravesh ceremony?
Typically, a housewarming Pooja is done based on the rashi and nakshatra of the couple that is going to perform the Pooja. Your priest might suggest an auspicious date by referring to the panchang or calendar. As a thumb rule, Amavasya and the day right next to the Amavasya are not considered auspicious by the Hindus in general. Also, astrologers and pandits believe all the days of the week except Tuesday are good for grih pravesh puja.
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Griha Pravesh Puja Samagri List –
Before starting the shopping for your house warming pooja items, look at the panchang or check with the elderly people in the family to find out what all items to buy – you will need diya, bell, aarti plate, etc. for the Pooja. All these things have special importance of their own, and should not be left out unless advised by the priest. This may not be an exhaustive list, but this is the common list for all Hindus. Depending on your family traditions and practices, your priest might add or remove a few items. Here is the list of common items that are required in a griha pravesh havan –
- Idols or photos of Ganesha and Laxmi, and in addition the idols of kuladevata or devi can be kept to perform the pooja.
- A brass or bronze kalash filled with water or milk, mounted with coconuts and mango leaves
- Necessary pooja items such as wicks, oil, incense sticks or dhoop, bell, camphor, etc.
- Sweets, fruits, and milk to keep as the offering for god
- Flower petals, akshata, kumkum, turmeric, coconuts etc. for the pooja
- A yajna or havan vessel, dried wood for the havan fire, pure ghee or sesame oil
The Dos and Don’ts –
Each of the griha pravesh rituals is important, and as it applies to any religious ceremony, there are certain things that are a strict NO-NO for griha pravesh as well. Here is the list of dos and don’ts, which you must keep in mind while planning for a home griha pravesh -
- The house for which you are doing the griha pravesh must have a roof, doors and windows, i.e., interior decoration is not important but the construction should be complete.
- The kitchen must have the facility to cook – either an induction stove or a gas stove, but the furniture should not be shifted into the house.
- Drishti removal is a must – with coconut, lemon or ash gourd, depending upon your customs.
- Always enter the house with your right foot.
- The house must not be left empty at night after the Pooja is done, failing which the effects of the Pooja may not be there.
- Pregnant ladies are not supposed to sit in the Pooja.
- Appropriate dakshina or offerings should be given to the priest after the pooja.
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